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By Chris Bevan

2257: And that's a wrap from me. Thanks for keeping me company on a busy old night, and be sure to join Saj Chowdhury for the remaining Carling Cup third round ties, including Liverpool's trip to Brighton and holders Birmingham's tie with Manchester City. Rangers, Celtic and Hearts are all in action in the Scottish Communities League Cup too. Cheerio for now.

WisdomUnited on Twitter: "United look to have every trophy in the bag on this form (I know it is early!). Also, glad to see Arsenal composed for a change."

JezMeyer on Twitter: "Result of the day? Part-time side East Fife beating Aberdeen on penalties. What an effort."

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson after playing Ben Amos, Ezekiel Fryers and Paul Pogba in his side's 3-0 Carling Cup win over Leeds: "We always like to test their temperament and they coped with it well. Elland Road hasn't lost any of its atmosphere. We've always tried to develop young players at this club and it is always nice to see them come through into the first team."

2238: So, who is through to round four of the Carling Cup? In alphabetical order: Aldershot, Arsenal, Blackburn, Bolton, Burnley, Crystal Palace, Man Utd, Newcastle, Stoke and Wolves.

Scottish Communities League Cup update: Aberdeen fans look away now... East Fife keeper Mark Ridgers saved three penalties in the shoot-out at Pittodrie and the Second Division part-timers are through to the last eight. At Fir Park, Jamie Murphy and Nicky Law saw their spot-kicks saved by Mark Brown as Hibs triumphed 7-6 on penalties.

BlackburnJA on Twitter: "By the laws of probability, Heurelho Gomes would have saved the next one."

2231: It's been a strange old night - Shrewsbury outplaying Arsenal (for a while), Dimitar Berbatov at centre-back, Michael Owen on the pitch, Nottingham Forest fighting back three times but still being beaten by Newcastle, and Tottenham and Stoke seemingly happy to take penalties for ever. It's all over now though.


Stoke 7-6 Tottenham - Luongo misses... saved

Stoke 7-6 Tottenham - Shotton scores

Stoke 6-6 Tottenham - Carroll scores

Stoke 6-5 Tottenham - Upson scores

Stoke 5-5 Tottenham - Livermore scores

Stoke 5-4 Tottenham - Etheringon scores

Stoke 4-4 Tottenham - Kaboul scores

Stoke 4-3 Tottenham - Crouch scores

Stoke 3-3 Tottenham - Corluka scores

Stoke 3-2 Tottenham - Wilson scores

Stoke 2-2 Tottenham - Townsend scores

Stoke 2-1 Tottenham - Whelan scores

Stoke 1-1 Tottenham - Pavlyuchenko misses... he skies it

Stoke 1-1 Tottenham - Pennant misses... he hits the bar

Stoke 1-1 Tottenham - Defoe scores

Stoke 1-0 Tottenham - Walters scores

2219: Here we go...

Someone has won a penalty
2217: So, penalties coming up at the Britannia Stadium. Excited? Me too. It's been a poor game but we are set for a dramatic finish, one way or another...

2216: FULL-TIME Nottingham Forest 3-4 Newcastle

2216: This has to be the winner, right? Danny Guthrie's corner is cleared, but Gabriel Obertan fires the ball back into the danger zone and Fabricio Coloccini is on hand to head home from four yards out. Newcastle lead, again.

2215: FULL-TIME in extra-time at the Britannia. Penalties coming up, to settle Stoke-Spurs.

2214: GOALFLASH Nottingham Forest 3-4 Newcastle (Fabricio Coloccini)

2212: It's a breathless finish at the City Ground. The Ameobi brothers almost link up as Newcastle look for a last-gasp winner, with Sammi's cross almost finding Shola until Lee Camp cuts it out. It's not one-way traffic, though. Forest go up the other end and see Marcus Tudgay fire narrowly over.

Scottish Communities League Cup update: Penalties will decide the ties at Pittodrie and Fir Park...

2212: It looks like Forest do want a shoot-out. They have pulled everyone back behind the ball and are trying to see this one out.

2210: Five minutes of extra-time left at the Britannia. Still 0-0 there.

2208: Who wants a shoot-out? Looks like Forest do. Danny Simpson cannot stop Ishmael Miller's progress down the left flank and his cross finds Marcus Tudgay in acres of space in the middle to bring Forest level for a third time tonight. Into the last three minutes of extra-time at the City Ground.

2207: GOALFLASH Nottingham Forest 3-3 Newcastle (Marcus Tudgay)

2204: Any sign of an equaliser for Forest? No. Not yet. In fact, Newcastle have just gone close to adding a fourth goal, with Shola Ameobi seeing his rasping shot tipped over.

2202: Back under way at the Britannia too, where Tom Carroll has just curled narrowly wide for Spurs. Stoke, who were in Ukraine on Thursday and Sunderland on Sunday, look exhausted.

SamHandwich22 on Twitter: "I'm strangely excited at the prospect of Spurs in a shootout, who said the Carling Cup wasn't thrilling..."

2159: Back under way at the City Ground. I think we can expect Forest to throw the kitchen sink at this...

2157: It's half-time in extra-time at the Britannia Stadium, and the City Ground.

2156: A real waste this by Stoke, Jon Walters is clean through and one-on-one with Heurelho Gomes... but drags his shot wide. Oh dear.

2156: FULL-TIME Crystal Palace 2-1 Middlesbrough

2155: Stoke are launching more long throws into the Spurs box as the end of the first-half approaches. This is a decent spell by the home side.

2153: FULL-TIME Blackburn 3-2 Leyton Orient

2152: Tottenham's turn to threaten. Roman Pavlyuchenko's cross from the right is inviting enough but there is no-one in the Stoke area to get on the end of it.

2149: More goals? Yep. Newcastle are in front for a third time at the City Ground, with a real freak goal from Danny Simpson. It was a cross really, but it flew straight in. And Orient are back in it at Ewood Park, with Dean Cox rolling home a neat finish.

2147: A sniff for Stoke as Heurelho Gomes spills a Robert Huth shot but recovers before Peter Crouch can pounce on the loose ball.

2146: GOALFLASH Blackburn 3-2 Leyton Orient (Dean Cox)

fatbertt on Twitter: "Has Alex Ferguson reached double digits in the number of different centre halfs he's used this term already?"

Scottish Communities League Cup update: Rory Fallon spares Aberdeen's blushes by netting a late, late penalty to make it 3-3 against East Fife at Pittodrie. We've also got extra time at Fir Park where Hibs levelled at 2-2 thanks to Garry O'Connor's second goal of the night. Paul Heffernan bagged a hat-trick in Kilmarnock's 5-0 demolition of 10-man Queen of the South, while Dundee United were 2-0 winners at Airdrie United and St Mirren triumphed by the same score at St Johnstone.

2143: Some goals to bring you up to date on. First, a spectacular strike from Simon Vukcevic for Blackburn, taking the ball on his chest on the edge of the area, dancing past three defenders and placing his shot past the keeper. And Andre Bikey's late winner for Burnley wasn't bad either, with an overhead kick putting the Clarets in round four.

2142: FULL-TIME Aston Villa 0-2 Bolton

2142: FULL-TIME Burnley 2-1 MK Dons

2142: FULL-TIME Aldershot 2-1 Rochdale

2142: GOALFLASH Nottingham Forest 2-3 Newcastle (Danny Simpson)

2140: We've had our first shock of the night. It's finished Aldershot 2-1 Rochdale, with the League Two side winning thanks to Danny Hylton's 78th-minute goal.

2138: FULL-TIME Arsenal 3-1 Shrewsbury

2138: FULL-TIME Wolves 5-0 Millwall

2138: So, into extra-time we go at the City Ground and at the Britannia.

2137: FULL-TIME Leeds 0-3 Man Utd

2137: GOALFLASH Burnley 2-1 MK Dons (Andre Bikey)

2136: GOALFLASH Blackburn 3-1 Leyton Orient (Simon Vukcevic)

2134: A special strike this, by Adlene Guedioura. He has been mightily impressive tonight and has just got a goal to go with it, fizzing an unstoppable shot home from 30 yards out.

2133: GOALFLASH Wolves 5-0 Millwall (Adlene Guedioura)

2132: Only a couple of minutes left in our 1945 BST kick-offs. As things stand, extra-time is beckoning us at the Britannia Stadium, City Ground and at Turf Moor.

2131: Orient are only level momentarily. It takes about six O's defenders to hold up Jason Roberts after his weaving run into the box, but the ball falls for Ruben Rochina to slot home and restore Rovers' lead.

2130: GOALFLASH Blackburn 2-1 Leyton Orient (Ruben Rochina)

2129: It's a walk in the park for Wolves tonight and the goals keep coming. James Spray gets on the end of Adam Hammill's cross and sees his shot deflected into the net. And Orient hit back at Ewood Park, where David Mooney turns in George Porter's cross after leaving his marker Gael Givet in his wake.

2127: Dimitar Berbatov is now playing at centre-back for Manchester United, alongside Michael Carrick. He looks quite handy there too.

2125: Yossi Benayoun follows in the footsteps of Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain by netting his first Arsenal goal, converting from close range. I think that means the Gunners have now tamed the Shrews. I'll get my coat.

2124: GOALFLASH Blackburn 1-1 Leyton Orient (David Mooney)

2124: GOALFLASH Wolves 4-0 Millwall (James Spray)

2124: GOALFLASH Aldershot 2-1 Rochdale (Danny Hylton)

2123: GOALFLASH Arsenal 3-1 Shrewsbury (Yossi Benayoun)

2122: Things have petered out completely at Elland Road, where Manchester United still lead 3-0. Leeds play Brighton in the Championship on Friday night, and I suspect their boss Simon Grayson is already thinking about that one.

2122: Bolton have breathing space at Villa Park, as the home side stand and watch Gael Kakuta fire home with a volley from the edge of the area.

2121: GOALFLASH Aston Villa 0-2 Bolton (Gael Kakuta)

2118: News from the Britannia Stadium now, where Stoke are hoisting a series of balls into the Spurs box but not causing the visitors too many problems. At the other end, Jermain Defoe has just come on for Tottenham and had a shot from distance. Still 0-0 in that one, though.

2116: A flurry of goals at Selhurst Park, where Calvin Andrew puts Palace 2-0 up with a close-range finish before Merouane Zemmama replies for Boro with a neat finish from the right-hand side of the area.

2115: GOALFLASH Crystal Palace 2-1 Middlesbrough (Merouane Zemmama)

2115: GOALFLASH Crystal Palace 2-0 Middlesbrough (Calvin Andrew)

2113: All square again at the City ground, and it's a route-one equaliser for Nottingham Forest. Lee Camp's long punt finds Matt Derbyshire, who sneaks through to round the keeper and fire home. Simples.

2111: After some nervy moments at the back early on at Elland Road, you have to say that Manchester United's makeshift backline has coped well against Championship Leeds so far this evening. Centre-halves Michael Carrick and young Ezekiel Fryers have been assured, while Antonio Valencia has been an increasingly dangerous outlet pushing on from right back. Does it time and again, doesn't he Fergie? Man Utd are strolling, 3-0 up and with 20 minutes left.

2110: GOALFLASH Nottingham Forest 2-2 Newcastle (Matt Derbyshire)

2110: Controversy over Burnley's equaliser. Luke Chadwick is penalised for a debatable handball outside the box and Kieran Trippier steps up to drill home the resulting free-kick.

2110: I was about to say how bright Hatem Ben Arfa has looked on his Newcastle comeback, when he instigates the move that leads to the Magpies retaking the lead. Ben Arfur frees Sylvain Marveaux, who has caused problems for Forest all night. He cuts in from the flank and is tugged back by defender Brendan Moloney. That's a penalty, which Peter Lovenkrands smashes home. Lee Camp got a hand to it, but it was not enough.

2107: GOALFLASH Burnley 1-1 MK Dons (Kieran Trippier)

stevengordon86 on Twitter: "Torres cost Chelsea 50 million, we got Owen for free. Great business as usual by Sir Alex."

Scottish Communities League Cup update: What a game at Pittodrie! Aberdeen hit back from a goal down to lead against East Fife but the Second Division part-timers are having none of it and are back in front thanks to goals from Matthew Park and Robert Sloan.

2104: Pure relief at the Emirates, where Arsenal have the lead. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain lets fly from about 30 yards out and sees his shot squirm under the Shrewsbury keeper for his first senior goal for the club. Not a classic by any means, but will Gunners boss Arsene Wenger care? Nope. He will take everything he can get at the moment, I'm sure.

2102: GOALFLASH Arsenal 2-1 Shrewsbury (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain)

2100: GOALFLASH Nottingham Forest 1-2 Newcastle (Peter Lovenkrands pen)


2058: Here we go. As predicted, the Villa Park goal-fest begins. Marc Albrighton gives the ball to Chris Eagles who, from 25 yards out, spanks home a real beauty that flies past Shay Given. It might have taken a slight deflection off James Collins on its way, but that was still a lovely strike. Bolton lead 1-0.

2057: GOALFLASH Aston Villa 0-1 Bolton (Chris Eagles)

From Adam, a bored Villa fan, via text: "Re 2047. Now you've cursed it! 4-3 to Villa in normal time!"

ibash90 on Twitter: "I'm just waiting for Pogba to come in, So I can sing "who let the Pog out, who, who, who". That's my idea of fun."

I assume you are singing by now?

2051: Some start to the second half at the City Ground, where Nottingham Forest are level. Robbie Findley is allowed to advance to the edge of the area before letting fly with a shot that beats Rob Elliott. Spectacular stuff at Aldershot too, where Michael Rankine has equalised for the home team with an overhead kick. I haven't seen it, yet, but it sounded pretty special.

2050: GOALFLASH Aldershot 1-1 Rochdale ( Michael Rankine)

2049: A change for Man Utd at the break. Ryan Giggs, 37, is off. Paul Pogba, 18 is on.

2049: GOALFLASH Nottingham Forest 1-1 Newcastle (Robbie Findley)

2049: The second half has started in most of our Carling Cup games.

2047: By the way, there's a reason I haven't mentioned Aston Villa-Bolton very much so far - it's been quiet. Very quiet. Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor had the best chance of the opening 45 minutes but his weak header from Barry Bannan's cross was wide of the target. Extra-time written all over it, I reckon.

2046: Blackburn make the breakthrough. Terrell Forbes brings down Martin Olsson in the box and Jason Roberts steps up to put away the resulting penalty.

2045: GOALFLASH Blackburn 1-0 Leyton Orient (Jason Roberts)


JamesLeach on Twitter: "Have to say, Michael Owen's goals are nothing less than what his attitude deserves. Total professional, asset to the club."

Scottish Communities League Cup update: East Fife, bottom of the Second Division, took the lead at Pittodrie thanks to Ryan Wallace but Rory McArdle has levelled for Aberdeen. Motherwell have come from behind to lead Hibs at half time, courtesy of goals from Keith Lasley and Michael Higdon and Dundee United are 1-0 up at Airdrie United. Goals from Gary Harkins and Paul Heffernan have Kilmarnock on Easy Street against 10-man Queen of the South and the battle of the Saints is going the way of the Paisley side, with St Mirren 2-0 up at McDiarmid Park.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC football pundit Craig Burley, on Radio 5 live: "It's been very comfortable for Manchester United. There was an early scare when Dimitar Berbatov had to clear twice from a corner which could have given Leeds a flying start and made this interesting but it's not gone Leeds' way and Michael Owen has got two very good goals, especially his second. Manchester United have controlled the half and Ryan Giggs has just topped it off for them. It has been a bit of a cruise, it has to be said."

2038: Arsenal may be having a shocker but at least they are level against Shrewsbury. That means the only 'upset' as things stand in our 10 Carling Cup ties is at Turf Moor, where Championship side Burnley are being beaten by MK Dons of League One.

D_A_Burgess on Twitter: "Wengers team selection beggars belief. Defeat tonight will destroy any remaining morale, and the 1st XI need match time to gel."

2035: It is half-time in all eight of our 1945 BST kick-offs. They are still playing at Ewood Park, where Blackburn are completely dominant against Leyton Orient, but have not been able to make the breakhrough. Ruben Rochina and Jason Roberts have had plenty of chances, but no joy for Rovers yet.

2034: Quality. Pure quality. Ryan Giggs puts Manchester United 3-0 up with a touch of real class, surging in from the left touchline, nut-megging Robert Snodgrass en route, and then lashing a rising drive into the roof of the net. There is just no stopping Manchester United at the moment, no matter which team they pick.

2033: GOALFLASH Leeds Utd 0-3 Man Utd (Ryan Giggs)

2031: As discussed earlier, Rochdale are on their best run in this competition since 1962. It looks like it might be continuing too. Gary Jones surges through from midfield and feeds Ashley Grimes to slide Dale in front.

2031: GOALFLASH Aldershot 0-1 Rochdale (Ashley Grimes)

2029: It's one-way traffic at Molineux, where Adlene Guedioura was the creator for Wolves' third of the night, beating three men in the area before squaring the ball for George Elokobi to smash home.

From Joe, via text: "Texted in earlier saying Michael Owen for the hat-trick, you regret ignoring it now don't you?"

2028: GOALFLASH Wolves 3-0 Millwall (George Elokobi)

2026: Right, a couple more goals to tell you about. First at the City Ground, where Sylvain Marveaux crosses for Peter Lovenkrands to nod Newcastle in front, and also at Selhurst Park where Wilfried Zaha has fizzed a shot into the top corner from the edge of the area. Crystal Palace lead, against the run of play.

2025: GOALFLASH Nottingham Forest 0-1 Newcastle (Peter Lovenkrands)

2024: It should be 3-0 to Manchester United - and Michael Owen is at the heart of it again, the striker finding some room in the box before squaring to the onrushing Antonio Valencia, who toe-pokes wide with just the keeper to beat eight yards out.

2023: GOALFLASH Crystal Palace 1-0 Middlesbrough (Wilfried Zaha)

2021: It's been a difficult night for the Gunners, but they are level. Carl Jenkinson sends over an enticing cross which Kieran Gibbs meets with a powerful header.

2020: GOALFLASH Arsenal 1-1 Shrewsbury (Kieran Gibbs)

2018: A slightly finish better by Michael Owen this time, to score his second of the night. Owen takes one touch to control Mame Diouf's cross on the edge of the box, and fires home with his second. Classy.

2017: GOALFLASH Leeds Utd 0-2 Man Utd (Michael Owen)

WhyIHateTheFA on Twitter: "Arsenal aren't good enough to disregard the Carling Cup as a serious trophy this season. Why not have a strong bench? Crazy."

2014: Amazing scenes at the Emirates, where League Two side Shrewsbury should be 2-0 up. Reuben Hazel flashes a header wide when it looked easier to hit the target. Arsenal get lucky, and still trail by only one goal.

2013: Leeds have been decent since that earlier Michael Owen strike - with Tom Lees and Adam Clayton, in particular, impressing thus far - but the visitors still look ever so dangerous going forward thanks to Owen and chief string-puller Dimitar Berbatov. Still 1-0 Man Utd, though.

1Destiny1Life on Twitter: "Was wondering if it could get any worse for Arsenal right now, well it just has...!"

James_ODonoghue on Twitter: "Michael Owen has scored 10 in the last 12 games he's started. Valuable!"

Scottish Communities League Cup update: A deflected Gary Harkins shot has Kilmarnock in front against First Division Queen of the South and goalkeeping mistake from Airdrie United's Paul McKane has gifted youngster Ryan Dow his first Dundee United goal. At Fir Park, Garry O'Connor has bagged his sixth goal of the season to put Hibs ahead against Motherwell.

2009: Apologies for not telling you earlier, but it was Darren Potter who teed up Daniel Powell to fire MK Dons ahead. Burnley, a division higher, are struggling to find a response.

2008: Backs to the wall defending at the Emirates. By Arsenal. Shrewsbury are rampant at the moment and are looking to build on their lead. This wasn't in the script, was it. Or was it?

2005: No goals yet at the Britannia Stadium, but some bad news for Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones, who has had to limp off with an ankle injury. Former Spurs frontman Peter Crouch is on to face his old club.

2003: Arsenal fans probably thought things couldn't get any worse this season. They just have. Shrewsbury had made a confident start at the Emirates, and now they have a goal to show for it too. Marvin Morgan crosses for James Collins to power home his header. The League Two side are ahead.

2002: GOALFLASH Arsenal 0-1 Shrewsbury (James Collins)

2001: So, Michael Owen has a goal to show for his first start of the season. A lovely build-up by Manchester United, but a scuffed finish by the former England striker. He meets Park Ji-Sung's pass and the ball rolls, or should that be dribbles, into the bottom corner. That is Owen's fifth goal in six Carling Cup games since he joined United.

2000: GOALFLASH Leeds Utd 0-1 Man Utd (Michael Owen)

Someone has struck the woodwork
1959: A great chance at the Emirates... for Shrewsbury. Mark Wright fires against the post.

BBC Radio 5 live
BBC Radio 5 live commentator Conor McNamara at Blackburn: "Not exactly trampled in the rush to get into Ewood Park tonight. Small, small crowd, despite Rovers' heroics on Saturday."

1955: By the looks of things, Wolves are already making up for their miserable showing against QPR on Saturday. They took the lead when Sam Vokes can't get any power behind his header from Stephen Hunt's cross but David Edwards nips in to poke the ball home. Moments later, Adam Hammill fires home with a free-kick to put the home side 2-0 up at Molineux.

1954: Off the line - twice - at Elland Road as Leeds go agonisingly close to an early lead. First Tom Lees's header from a corner is kept out of goal by Dimitar Berbatov and the Bulgarian then does well to get a block on Ross McCormack's follow-up. Let-off for Manchester United.

billypockets on Twitter: "Come on the Shrews. Big game for them at the Emirates."

1950: GOALFLASH Wolves 2-0 Millwall (Adam Hammill)

1953: GOALFLASH Burnley 0-1 MK Dons (Daniel Powell)

1951: Arsenal are laying siege to the Shrewsbury goal in the opening minutes at the Emirates. No goals there yet, though.

Blackburn v Leyton Orient line-ups
Bunn, Lowe, Givet, Hanley, Olsson, Vukcevic, etrovic, Grella, Rochina, Roberts, Blackman. Subs: Robinson, ormica, Nzonzi, Dann, Hoilett, Yakubu, Ribeiro.
Leyton Orient: Butcher, Omozusi, Forbes, Chorley, Daniels, pring, Smith, Clarke, Porter, Cox, Mooney. Subs: Lovelock, McSweeney, Laird, Cestor, Odubajo, Lobjoit.
Referee: Colin Webster (Tyne & Wear)

1950: GOALFLASH Wolves 1-0 Millwall (David Edwards)

1949: A lively atmosphere at Elland Road, as you might expect in a meeting between these two old rivals. Every United touch greeted by a huge boo.

Nottm Forest v Newcastle line-ups
Nottm Forest:
Camp, Gunter, Morgan, Lynch, Moloney, McGugan, Greening, Moussi, Findley, Tudgay, Derbyshire. Subs: Smith, Miller, Reid, Majewski, Bamford, Freeman.
Newcastle: Elliot, Simpson, Coloccini, Perch, Ferguson, Abeid, Guthrie, Gosling, Marveaux, Ben Arfa, Lovenkrands. Subs: Krul, Best, Shola Ameobi, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Dummett, Henderson.
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

wez33 on Twitter: "Has Fergie pulled names out of a hat to decide who plays where tonight?"

666 on Twitter: "I wouldn't underestimate Valencia at right back, he has played there a couple of times before and done a stellar job."

1945: Man Utd get us started at Elland Road. Michael Owen has just kicked a ball (competitively) for the first time this season.

1944: Right, are you ready for some Carling Cup thrills and spills? I hope so, because our eight 1945 BST third round games are about to get started.

Aldershot v Rochdale line-ups
Worner, Herd, Jones, Morris, Jordan Brown, McGlashan, Guttridge, Collins, Rodman, Rankine, Hylton. Subs: Young, Aaron Brown, Bubb, Mekki, Vincenti, Panther.
Rochdale: Edwards, Darby, Holness, Balkestein, Widdowson, Kennedy, Jones, Adams, Tutte, Grimes, Akpa Akpro. Subs: Andrews, Barry-Murphy, Barnes-Homer, Trotman, Benali, Twaddle, Thompson.
Referee: Andy D'Urso (Essex)

Forest manager Steve McClaren will be desperate for a decent cup run after seeing his side win just once in the last seven games. Saturday's loss to 10-man Derby dropped the club into the Championship relegation zone and put McClaren under the type of pressure that typified his reign as England boss. Newcastle, on the other hand, are a team on the up under Alan Pardew and have not lost a league game since May. Interestingly, the Magpies have never tasted victory at the City Ground in any cup competition.

Remember Andy Gray walking the ball into the empty net in the 1980 League Cup final at Wembley, flailing his arms wildly in celebration of the only goal of the game? Thirty-one years on, Wolves are still waiting for another major trophy. Much water has passed under the bridge for both the club and Mr Gray, and tonight's game represents a great chance for the Premier League club to progress against a Millwall side that has failed to score in the last three games. Wolves themselves have netted only four times in the last five games though … perhaps they could do with Andy Gray back.

From Chester in Kent, via text: "Two out-and-out defenders starting for Utd. I can see this going horribly wrong!"

Tonight's tie could be a tale of squad strength for both sides with Stoke and Tottenham facing the prospect of a third match in six days. Neither outfit are short of League Cup pedigree, mind, with Stoke winners in 1972 and Tottenham - champions in 2008 - having made at least the quarter-finals six times in the past eight years. And with this competition arguably both sides' best hope of silverware this season, don't expect either to be taking things too lightly.

1938: Michael Carrick at centre-back? Antonio Valencia at right-back? Fair to say this Manchester United team is makeshift. Should be interesting...

Leeds v Man Utd line-ups
Lonergan, Lees, Bromby, O'Dea, White, Snodgrass, Clayton, Howson, McCormack, Becchio, Keogh. Subs: Rachubka, O'Brien, Vayrynen, Brown, Forssell, Nunez, Taylor.
Man Utd: Amos, Valencia, Carrick, Fryers, Fabio Da Silva, Park, Diouf, Giggs, Owen, Berbatov, Macheda. Subs: De Gea, Welbeck, Brown, Keane, Thorpe, Pogba, Cole.
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

From Greg at the Leeds-Man Utd match, via text: "Elland Road is buzzing tonight. Biggest game we've had here in years. Can't wait for kick off!"

1936: So, Leeds boss Simon Grayson sticks largely with the side that beat Bristol City at the weekend, Leigh Bromby and Luciano Becchio coming in as the only changes. Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen get their first starts of the season for Manchester United at Elland Road, while the - currently, at least - less recognisable Ezekiel Fryers debuts in defence.

Crystal Palace v Middlesbrough line-ups
Crystal Palace:
Price, Marrow, McCarthy, Gardner, Moxey, Zaha, Williams, O'Keefe, Parr, Andrew, Murray. Subs: Speroni, Iversen, Scannell, Jedinak, Easter, Caprice, Ramage.
Middlesbrough: Coyne, McMahon, McManus, Rhys Williams, Hoyte, Zemmama, Thomson, Smallwood, Arca, McDonald, Nimely. Subs: Ripley, Bates, Emnes, Bailey, Kink, Halliday, Haroun.
Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire)

Regarded by many as among the fiercest of footballing rivalries - this Elland Road clash is unarguably the tie of the round, even considering the differing fortunes of the sides in recent seasons and the prospect of both managers making widespread team changes. Manchester United boast a 100% record against Leeds in this competition - but few fans will need reminding that the Whites beat the odds and the record books in winning their FA Cup third-round clash 18 months ago. Expect the unexpected.

Expect a feast of goals at Turf Moor tonight. Championship side Burnley are without a clean sheet all season but have been prolific in front of goal in the League Cup, scoring nine in the opening two rounds. League One MK Dons, under the guidance of the Football League's youngest manager Karl Robinson, have scored 19 times in the last seven games, and put four past Norwich at Carrow Road in the last round. Get those calculators out.

Alex McLeish knows all about this competition having led Birmingham to Carling Cup glory only last season - and what the Scot wouldn't give to win it again with Aston Villa this campaign, a surefire way to quell any lingering doubts among Villa fans unhappy at McLeish's former association with their rivals. Bolton could really do with a tonic too, however, having lost 12 of their last 16 matches, including their last four in the league - can they turn the tide against a side unbeaten at home in eight? Tough ask.

Having fallen at the final hurdle of this tournament last season, Arsenal will be keen to go one better in this season's Carling Cup. But while victory over League Two opposition at the Emirates Stadium would ordinarily be a given, Arsenal's current form means nothing is guaranteed. Beaten at the weekend Arsene Wenger's side host an in-form Shrewsbury, who have won six of their last eight matches in all competitions. Could this be surprisingly competitive?

1930: Arsenal, as expected, make a host of changes from their weekend defeat by Blackburn. They hand a debut to South Korean forward Park Chu-young while there is also a first start for promising youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Shrewsbury, meanwhile, are without captain Ian Sharps through injury.

Blackburn boss Steve Kean on tonight's game with League One strugglers Leyton Orient: "We will treat Orient as though we are playing Arsenal. If you think you are playing a lowly side who are struggling then it can become a banana skin. You have to give them respect, you have to do your homework and you have to set about your sessions as you would a Premier League match."

Beating Arsenal at the weekend has relieved the pressure on Blackburn boss Steve Kean, but losing to Orient would heap a lot of it back on again. O's boss Russell Slade will sympathise. His side's run to the fifth-round of the FA Cup last season coincided with a remarkable unbeaten streak in League One but they badly need some similar magic from the Carling Cup to kickstart their campaign. They are rock bottom, and without a league win.

Scottish Communities League Cup update: We have seven SPL sides in action tonight, with Motherwell hosting Hibs and St Mirren travelling to St Johnstone. Elsewhere, there is a tricky visit to Airdire United for Dundee United, while Aberdeen are at home to East Fife, who were demolished 6-0 at Pittodrie in last season's Scottish Cup, and Kilmarnock entertain Queen of the South.

Middlesbrough left Selhurst Park with three points on Saturday, now they are back to try to book a place in round four of the Carling Cup too. That hard-fought win briefly put Boro top of the Championship and it was Palace's first at home this season. Another tight game this time round? Eagles boss Dougie Freedman thinks so. "The way both teams are playing, it will be close again," Freedman said. "I'm expecting a similar game."

Stoke v Tottenham line-ups
Sorensen, Shotton, Huth, Upson, Wilson, Pennant, Palacios, Whelan, Etherington, Jones, Jerome. Subs: Nash, Pugh, Diao, Walters, Delap, Crouch, Wilkinson.
Tottenham: Gomes, Corluka, Kaboul, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto, Carroll, Livermore, Sandro, Giovani, Van der Vaart, Pavlyuchenko. Subs: Cudicini, Defoe, Falque, Townsend, Kane, Caballos, Luongo.
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

bangerangjimmy on Twitter: "Michael Owen to reignite his career tonight with a classy 2 goal display! Fergie NEEDS to play him!"

Arsenal v Shrewsbury line-ups
Fabianski, Jenkinson, Miquel, Djourou, Gibbs, Coquelin, Frimpong, Benayoun, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Park, Chamakh. Subs: Martinez, Miyaichi, Aneke, Boateng, Ozyakup, Watt, Yennaris.
Shrewsbury: Smith, Grandison, Hazell, Goldson, Jacobson, Wright, McAllister, Wroe, Ainsworth, Collins, Morgan. Subs: Chris Neal, Leslie, Richards, Bradshaw, Male, Jon Taylor.
Referee: Tony Bates (Staffordshire)

Rochdale, in the third round for the first time since they were runners-up in 1962, have never lost to a lower division side in the League Cup. Mind you, this is only their seventh season outside of the basement division since the competition began in 1960. Aldershot, the lowest ranked team to make it this far, have already claimed the scalps of West Ham and Carlisle to reach this stage and will be looking to continue their progress with a third upset.

Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen make their first starts of the season for United. Full details shortly.

1919: So, Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish makes three changes to his side with striker Darren Bent injured while Charles N'Zogbia and Fabian Delph are rested. So Stephen Ireland, Nathan Delfouneso and Marc Albrighton are all recalled. Bolton manager Owen Coyle has made nine changes to the side beaten by Norwich at the weekend with Gary Cahill and Darren Pratley the only survivors. Stuart Holden makes his first appearance for six months since recovering from knee ligament damage.

Aston Villa v Bolton line-ups
Aston Villa:
Given, Hutton, Collins, Dunne, Warnock, Albrighton, Petrov, Ireland, Bannan, Agbonlahor, Delfouneso. Subs: Guzan, N'Zogbia, Delph, Beye, Lowry, Gardner, Burke.
Bolton: Bogdan, Steinsson, Cahill, Wheater, Gardner, Eagles, Holden, Muamba, Pratley, Kakuta, Ngog. Subs: Jaaskelainen, Robinson, Sanli, Petrov, Kevin Davies, Mark Davies, Blake.
Referee: Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire)

JezMeyer on Twitter: "A confidence boosting win will not do for Arsenal tonight. Lack of leadership can't be overcome by smashing Shrewsbury."

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1910: Lots of other third-round Carling Cup ties to look forward to tonight too. Ten in total, and here's a full list of them. Fill. Your. Boots:

Aldershot v Rochdale (1945 BST)
Arsenal v Shrewsbury (1945 BST)
Aston Villa v Bolton (1945 BST)
Blackburn v Leyton Orient (2000 BST)
Burnley v MK Dons (1945 BST)
Crystal Palace v Middlesbrough (2000 BST)
Leeds Utd v Man Utd (1945 BST)
Nottingham Forest v Newcastle (1945 BST)
Stoke City v Tottenham (1945 BST)
Wolves v Millwall (1945 BST)

1905: Technically, Arsenal are still on for the quadruple this season too of course. Er, anyone fancy them for that? Don't all shout at once. Anyway, despite this being their worst start to a season since 1953, Arsene Wenger has been told today that his job is safe. But would defeat to Shrewsbury tonight change that?

1901: Hello. The last time Arsenal played a Carling Cup match, they had just beaten Barcelona and were on course for a quadruple. Not an awful lot has gone right for the Gunners since then.

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