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By Phil Dawkes

2251: That's your lot from me. I'll leave you with one final thought. From my own limited brain. I'm starting to suspect the Carling Cup is more entertaining than the FA Cup. Chew that over while I go for a tea and a sit down.

2249: So, four games of League Cup football, featuring eight Premier League teams, 20 goals, two sendings off, two lots of extra time and a fully completed quarter-final line-up. Highlights of tonight's games is on at 2320 BST on BBC1. The draw for the quarters is on Sky's Soccer Saturday on 29 October.

Full time
FULL-TIME Blackburn 4-3 Newcastle (after extra time)
Chris McKenna reports: "Gael Givet's late extra-time header ends a dramatic night at Ewood Park as Blackburn scrape into the quarter-finals for the fourth time in five seasons with a 4-3 win. What will Steve Kean's critics make of that?"

Full time
FULL-TIME Wolves 2-5 Manchester City
Saj Chowdhury reports: "Manchester City have put themselves under pressure now, having now averaged five goals in three games. But seriously, what a lovely time to be City fan - I can't think of one team who can spoil the party."

Full time
FULL-TIME Everton 1-2 Chelsea (after extra time)
Alistair Magowan reports: "Blockbuster game at Goodison. Two red cards, two missed penalties, a late winner and action galore. If you like your cup ties action packed, this was the one to watch. Looking forward to the highlights already!"

Full time
FULL-TIME Stoke 1-2 Liverpool
Sam Sheringham reports: "Liverpool striker Luis Suarez proved the difference at the Britannia with two goals, the first of which will live long in the memory."

2239: One man who who will be very happy right now is Blackburn boss Steve Kean, whose side has given his reign a timely shot in the arm following protests from the Rovers fans. This result alone may not lead to a kiss and make-up between the two but it certainly won't hurt.

2237: Annnnnnd massive outlet of breath. At one stage tonight we were looking nailed on for at least one penalty shootout. But instead we're left with none as Blackburn and Chelsea break the hearts of the Newcastle and Everton respectively.

2234: FULL TIME Blackburn 4-3 Newcastle (after extra time)

Blackburn goal: Everton couldn't find that last push, but Blackburn could. The ball is chipped in by Morten Gamst Pedersen, headed back across goal by Christopher Samba and nodded home by Gael Givet who was standing almost on the goal line. A fittingly dramatic end to what has been a superb game.

2233: FULL TIME Everton 1-2 Chelsea (after extra time)

2232: GOALFLASH Blackburn 4-3 Newcastle (Gael Givet)

2231: We're into injury time at Goodison. Do the 10 men of Everton have one last push of effort to take this to penalties? Not while Nicolas Anelka's on the floor wasting time with cramp they don't.

Chelsea goal: With a penalty shootout tentatively edging its nose out of its grubby little hole, up pops Daniel Sturridge to possibly spare both sets of fans a set of finger nails. Florent Malouda unleashes a fierce drive from range which Jan Mucha cannot hold and the young striker is on hand to slot home the rebound.

2226: GOALFLASH Everton 1-2 Chelsea (Daniel Sturridge)

2223: Extraordinary passage of play at Goodison Park. Chelsea's Ryan Bertrand gets to the byline and flicks back to Nicolas Anelka, who looks certain to score. However, his shot is deflected on to the post and along the goalline by the knee of Leighton Baines before being cleared. Unbelievable. As Chris Kamara would say.

Everton red card: In almost the first incident of the second half of extra time at Goodison Park, Royston Drenthe fouls Ryan Bertrand and is shown a second yellow by referee Lee Mason. I was just saying he was the most dangerous man on the pitch but he seems to have taken it a bit too much to heart.

2118: RED CARD FOR EVERTON (Royston Drenthe)

2216: HALF TIME IN EXTRA TIME Blackburn 3-3 Newcastle

Newcastle goal: Newcastle hit back. Mark Bunn saves from a Demba Ba header but the linesman flags and the referee gives a penalty for a pull on Yohane Cabaye. Peter Lovenkrands makes no mistake from the spot to once again drag Newcastle level. More twists and turns than a twisty turning thing.

2215: GOALFLASH Blackburn 3-3 Newcastle (Peter Lovenkrands penalty)


2212: HALF TIME IN EXTRA TIME Everton 1-1 Chelsea

Blackburn goal: Minutes after Demba Ba fires wide for Newcastle, Blackburn reclaim the lead. Morten Gamst Pedersen strikes a free-kick with venom from a full 35 yards out, which takes a wicked deflection off the wall and beats Tim Krul. A case of Krul luck? No? No. sorry.

2207: GOALFLASH Blackburn 3-2 Newcastle (Morten Gamst Pedersen)

2206: Royston Drenthe looking the most dangerous man on the pitch at Goodison Park. He's supplying the goods but so far none of his colleagues have been able to capitalise. It remains 1-1 in the early stages of extra time.

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish on Luis Suarez: "I don't think he's ever going to score with a tap-in. He has megged the guy and then bent it in. We know the quality he has got and not much surprises you. I think the attitude and desire of the players pleased me. If you don't match that here you are going to struggle."

2204: Blackburn with the first chance of extra time at Ewood Park. Morten Gamst Pedersen drives to within shooting distance from the right and hits a strike that whizzes just past the post. Still 2-2.

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy: "They're a good team and they punished us. The fans were terrific tonight."

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini: "Adam Johnson played well, but I think he can give more. He has everything to be one of the best wingers. One player should never think that one good performance is enough."

2201: This has been one crazy old Carling Cup night. And we've still got at least 30 minutes to go in each with the possibility of penalties to come. Extra time has now kicked off at Ewood Park with the home crowd shell-shocked. The Newcastle fans seem more than happy to book themselves a late arrival back in the north east.

boycey1977 on Twitter: "Could be a long night if this goes to pens after Baines and Anelka's earlier efforts are anything to go by"

paulcarroll88 on Twitter: "That was a completely different Man City 11 to the weekend...I'm scared."

2158: So that's extra time now due at both Goodison Park and Ewood Park. That's now under way at the former.

2155: FULL TIME Blackburn 2-2 Newcastle

Newcastle goals: Unbelievable end to the game at Ewood Park as Newcastle come back from the dead with two goals in stoppage time. Firstly, the Blackburn defence back off Danny Guthrie and he strikes home from 25 yards. Then, five minutes into injury time, Christopher Samba upends Peter Lovenkrands and Yohane Cabaye fires home the resulting free-kick.

2153: FULL TIME Everton 1-1 Chelsea

2153: GOALFLASH Blackburn 2-2 Newcastle (Yohane Cabaye)

2152: GOALFLASH CORRECTION Blackburn 2-1 Newcastle (Danny Guthrie)

2151: Another close chance for Everton as the game moves into stoppage time. Seamus Coleman again supplies for Louis Saha but his shot on the turn from the edge of the box flies inches wide of the post.

2150: GOALFLASH Blackburn 2-1 Newcastle (Jonas Gutierrez)

2148: Agony for Everton fans. Royston Drenthe almost nicked what would have been a late winner but fires wide and the Dutchman's free-kick is then nodded over by Denis Stracqualursi, who was free in the penalty box.

2145: FULL TIME Birmingham 1-0 Leeds

Everton goal: Just when it was looking like Everton we're heading out of the Carling Cup, Louis Saha drags them back in. Seamus Coleman's cross is headed in at the near post by the Frenchman and Goodison erupts. We could well be looking at an extra half hour here.

2142: GOALFLASH Everton 1-1 Chelsea (Louis Saha)

2141: Meanwhile, after three minutes of injury time, the game at Molineux slowly grinds to a finish. It started so well for Wolves, but ended so very painfully. Oh well, at least they don't have to face a team of this calibre again at the weekend... oh, no, wait, hang on. You have my sympathy Wolves.

2139: It's a valiant effort from Stoke, but ultimately the Liverpool backline held firm in the final minutes. Three good goals in a thoroughly entertaining match. Stoke, Liverpool, I salute you.

2138: FULL TIME Stoke 1-2 Liverpool

2137: FULL TIME Wolves 2-5 Manchester City

2137: We're into injury time at both the Britannia and Molineux. The latter is already over, with Manchester City leading 5-2, but Stoke are hoping for a last-ditch goal to keep their Carling Cup hopes alive.

FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: A long-range Ross McCormack effort tests Birmingham keeper Boaz Myhill but he's equal to it, and Leeds will have to produce yet another late show to get anything out of this scrappy Championship clash.

2135: Inevitably, Stoke have turned to the aerial bombardment to try and salvage something. Two successive corners culminate in Peter Crouch flicking the ball past the post. The ex-Liverpool striker - on as a substitute - is offside though and the Reds survive with their 2-1 lead intact.

2132: Not a sight Liverpool fans want to see at the Britannia now though as goalscoring hero Luis Suarez limps from the pitch to be replaced by Dirk Kuyt. To be fair, Kenny Dalglish doesn't look too concerned. A precautionary measure perhaps.

Liverpool goal: Who needs Andy Carroll to fire when Luis Suarez is on fire? Moments after substitute Craig Bellamy hits the post with a bobbling shot, Suarez gets himself expertly on the end of a volleyed Jordan Henderson cross to head past Thomas Sorenson. Reds boss Kenny Dalglish greets the moment with some touchline air punching.

2128: GOALFLASH Stoke 1-2 Liverpool (Luis Suarez)

2127: Back to the Britannia and so far it's been a frustrating evening for Andy Carroll as he looks to stake his claim for a regular starting berth. The £35m striker is not seeing much of the ball, and when he does his touch is too often letting him down.

2126: Everton looking to making amends for their penalty miss as Royston Drenthe clips the bar with a free-kick from distance. It remains 1-0 to Chelsea through, largely thanks to substitute keeper Petr Cech's penalty heroics.

Blackburn goal: Blackburn are awarded a penalty for a foul on the goalscorer of their first goal Ruben Rochina, just minutes after Newcastle were denied a spot-kick of their own for a possible foul on Christopher Samba. Yakubu makes no mistake from the spot to give Blackburn a firm hold on the tie.

2122: GOALFLASH Blackburn 2-0 Newcastle (Yakubu penalty)

Everton penalty miss: Ross Turnbull's replacement Petr Cech's first and second touches are to save Leighton Baines' penalty and the rebound, which are both fired down the middle. Tim Cahill then heads a third attempt wide. Breathtaking stuff at Goodison.



Someone has won a penalty
Red card
Everton penalty and Chelsea red card: Louis Saha races through and is clattered by Chelsea keeper Ross Turnbull in the box. It's a penalty, but a red card? Maybe a touch harsh as David Luiz appeared to be coming round the back to cover.

2116: RED CARD FOR CHELSEA (Ross Turnbull)


2116: Newcastle continue to push for an equaliser. Jonas Gutierrez crosses for Sylvain Marveaux but from just five yards out he heads wide. Blackburn clinging desperately to their 1-0 lead.

2114: To be fair to him, Everton keeper Jan Mucha has looked pretty solid in the second half so far, following his clanger in the first period. He's just done well to save Nicolas Anelka's shot.

FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: Leeds make their main attacking change, bringing on Luciano Becchio for Andy Keogh, who is booed by the home fans for his Wolves connection. Leeds have had just as much of the play as Birmingham, but since Adam Clayton stung Boaz Myhill's palms on 25 minutes they've manufactured very few real openings.

2112: Meanwhile, poor Blackburn and Newcastle are getting a bit neglected here. Let's right that wrong with news of a chance for Newcastle. Hatem Ben Arfa misses a great chance to pull them level after he heads over the bar at the back post when it looked easier to score. Still 1-0 Blackburn.

Wolves goal: We can forget about another 6-1 now. Stephen Hunt, on the left, plays the ball into the feet of Stephen Ward who in turn lays a square ball into the path of Jamie O'Hara who taps in from close range. Another simple, but well-worked goal.

Full time
FULL-TIME Hibernian 1-4 Celtic
Annie Maguire reports: "Who knows what Neil Lennon says in these half-time team talks - but it certainly works. As with the comeback at Kilmarnock in the league earlier this month, young James Forrest dragged Celtic back into this match. Gloomy looks from the Hibs manager Colin Calderwood - they need something to kickstart their season. This certainly wasn't it."

2108: GOALFLASH Wolves 2-5 Manchester City (Jamie O'Hara)

Manchester City goal: Manchester City edging up to a familiar scoreline. Samir Nasri on the right lays the ball to Edin Dzeko who returns it Nasri before he finds Stefan Savic. He then crosses for Dzeko to finish from close range. Simple stuff.

2106: GOALFLASH Wolves 1-5 Manchester City (Edin Dzeko)

2105: FULL TIME Hibernian 1-4 Celtic

2104: We're back up to a full roster of under way Carling Cup games again as both the matches at the parks of Ewood and Goodison kick off. At the latter Tony Hibbert has replaced Phil Neville for Everton.

Craig Burley at the Britannia on BBC Radio 5 live: "Isn't Suarez fantastic at creating the space for himself! Liverpool look like they have had a bit of a gee-up from Kenny Dalglish at half-time and they've got the bit between their teeth now. "

Red card
Hibernian red card: Hibs night goes from bad to worse. Ivan Sproule put them in front but that seems a long time ago now. Sproule if off after picking up a second yellow for a foul on James Forrest.

Liverpool goal: Simply superb goal. Absolute class from Luis Suarez. He picks up the ball on the left, nutmegs Ryan Shotton and then curls an unstoppable shot past Thomas Sorenson and inside the far post. If it wasn't a Liverpool goal earlier, then that sure is.

2057: GOALFLASH Stoke 1-1 Liverpool (Luis Suarez)

Manchester City goal: Aleksandar Kolarov races down the left and into area. He feeds Samir Nasri whose shot is parried by Dorus De Vries but only as far as Luca Scapuzzi who follows up from two yards. That would now be 14 goals in three away games for City.

2054: Just with regards to an earlier entry at 2029, I of course meant a Stoke goal, not Liverpool. If you can just give it a sneaky refresh that'll update. Ta.

2052: GOALFLASH Wolves 1-4 Manchester City (Luca Scapuzzi)


Half time
Blackburn 1-0 Newcastle
Chris McKenna's HT snapshot: "Ruben Rochina's early opener for Blackburn leaves Newcastle in for a half-time rollicking as Rovers put their league woes behind to dominate the visitors in the first 45 minutes at Ewood Park - shame there's not many home fans here to see it."

Half time
Everton 0-1 Chelsea
Alistair Magowan's HT snapshot:
"Nicolas Anelka may be glad that his embarrassment of missing a penalty has been eclipsed by Everton keeper Jan Mucha, who has let in the only go so far."

FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: Birmingham boss Chris Hughton is more than happy to lead his side into the dressing room a goal to the good. Visitors Leeds dominated proceedings for the first half hour but had no cutting edge, and that was punished by Nikola Zigic on 35 minutes. The Blues then battered the Leeds back line repeatedly before the whistle blew for the interval. Simon Grayson has a job to do in the next 15 minutes.

2049: And we are back under way at both Molineux and the Britannia with one substitution having taken place at the latter: Martin Skrtel on for Jamie Carragher.

2148: HALF TIME Everton 0-1 Chelsea

Celtic goals: Celtic are on easy street as Anthony Stokes, unchallenged, thuds a header past Mark Brown from Ki's corner kick, before Gary Hooper arcs his run to break the offside trap, bring down the long ball from the left-back area with one touch and stroke the ball into the net. Too easy for Celtic now.

2047: HALF TIME Blackburn 1-0 Newcastle

2046: GOALFLASH Hibernian 1-4 Celtic (Gary Hooper)

2046: GOALFLASH Hibernian 1-3 Celtic (Anthony Stokes)

2045: I can appreciate how the Everton backline will feel right now though. We had a keeper in our junior team who used to regularly pull a clanger like that out of the bag. You never know where to look. Especially when the lad in question is crying.

2043: It's been an open game at Goodison and fairly even so David Moyes will be annoyed to see his side twice shoot themselves in the foot (one of which - the penalty - went unpunished). However, the Toffees have shown enough to suggest they can get at this understength Chelsea side with Royston Drenthe in particular looking dangerous.

Chelsea goal: It's an utter calamity from Everton goalkeeper Jan Mucha to gift Chelsea the lead as Salomon Kalou's tame lob towards goal somehow finds the net through the fumbled grasp of the Slovakian.

2039: GOALFLASH Everton 0-1 Chelsea (Salomon Kalou)

Half time
Stoke 1-0 Liverpool
Sam Sheringham's HT snapshot:
"Get your Coates! A blunder from Liverpool's Uruguayan defender gifts Stoke the lead at the Britannia."

Celtic goal: Two flashes of skill from James Forrest changes the complexion of the cup tie. The 20-year-old plays a one-two with Anthony Stokes on the edge of the box and clips a left-foot shot past Mark Brown.

Half time
Wolves 1-3 Manchester City
Saj Chowdhury's HT snapshot:
"What was more of a surprise - the fact that Wolves took the lead or that City scored three in four minutes? A remarkable half."

2033: HALF TIME Stoke 1-0 Liverpool

2033: HALF TIME Wolves 1-3 Manchester City

2033: Chance for Blackburn at Ewood. It is a free-kick from 35 yards which Morten Gamst Pedersen strikes, but despite the large movement in the air Tim Krul palms it away.

Essien Tafsiri on Twitter: "What does Johnson have to do to get into the England and City squad, he's scoring and assisting goals whenever he plays!"

2029: GOALFLASH Hibernian 1-2 Celtic (James Forrest)

Stoke goal: Stoke in front at the Britannia and Liverpool are largely the architects of their own downfall. Sebastian Coates dallies down the left wing and allows Jonathan Walters to nick the ball and drive on towards goal. His cross is then expertly diverted past Pepe Reina by the head of the diving Kenwyne Jones.

2029: GOALFLASH Stoke 1-0 Liverpool (Kenwyne Jones)

Manchester City goals: Manchester City take complete control at Molineux in a flash. Adam Johnson splits the defence with a long low pass which finds team-mate Samir Nasri who runs into the area and slides the ball past Dorus De Vries. Then, a minute later, Adam Johnson swings in a cross from the right which again finds Luca Scapuzzi. The Italian's shot from two yards is saved by Dorus De Vries but the follow-up is tucked in by Edin Dzeko. Sensational turn-around.

MikeJWake on Twitter: "I've said it 10,000 times, Anelka should not take penalties. He's missed his last 3."

FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: Goal for Birmingham in the Championship clash, as Stephen Carr guides the ball in from the right flank, Leeds reserve keeper Paul Rachubka can't gather it cleanly, and beanpole forward Nikola Zigic lashes it home to give the Blues the lead against the run of play.

2026: GOALFLASH Wolves 1-3 Manchester City (Edin Dzeko)

2025: GOALFLASH Wolves 1-2 Manchester City (Samir Nasri)

Celtic goal: Celtic also level. James Forrest blasts a cracking shot past Mark Brown in the second minute of the second half. A ball from Ki Sung-Yueng to Gary Hooper at the edge of the box is nudged on to the Scotland winger who shows lovely balance to wrong-foot Paul Hanlon, create space and blast the equaliser. Class.

Manchester City goal: Manchester City level matters at Molineux. A cross from Aleksandar Kolarov on the right finds Edin Dzeko in the area and his lay off his fired home from the edge of the area by Adam Johnson.

2022: GOALFLASH Wolves 1-1 Manchester City (Adam Johnson)

2020: Stoke think they've taken the lead at the Britannia but are denied by the official. A long throw in from Rory Delap and Jonathan Walters rises to nod in, but the referee blows his whistle for a foul on Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina.

2019: GOALFLASH Hibernian 1-1 Celtic (James Forrest)

Someone has won a penalty
2018: Nicolas Anelka steps up looking reasonably confident but fires it past the post. A major let-off for Everton and it remains 0-0.


2017: Chelsea's Josh McEachran dribbles into the area and Johnny Heitinga brings him down. Clear penalty.


BBC Radio 5 live
Craig Burley at the Britannia on BBC Radio 5 live: "Liverpool's game plan changes a little bit when Andy Carroll is playing. They know that if they want to they can just launch it up to him. "

2015: Manchester City hitting back at Molineux. Wolves defender George Elokobi denies Abdul Razak a goalscoring opportunity with a well-timed tackle in the area. Elokobi is injured as a result of his heroics but comes back on to the pitch to warm applause.

2013: Chance for both sides at Ewood Park. Newcastle's Demba Ba beats the offside trap on the right side and smashes towards goal but the post denies him. Two minutes later, David Goodwillie has a shot which United keeper Tim Krul parries and then gets to his feet in time to prevent Yakubu following up. Still 1-0 Blackburn.

Half time
Hibernian 1-0 Celtic
Annie Maguire's HT snapshot: "Yet again Celtic concede an early goal… and then struggle to find the composure to get back into the game. Hibs meanwhile look much improved on their disappointing start to the season, but will face a barrage from Celtic in the second half. Still anyone's game!"

2010: HALF TIME Hibernian 1-0 Celtic

2010: Couple of efforts in the game at Goodison as well. The first chance of the game sees Chelsea captain for the night Florent Malouda thread the ball down the left channel to Romelu Lukaku, but he fires left-footed into the side netting. Everton respond with Louis Saha drawing a good save from Ross Turnbull. The Chelsea keeper did well to turn the Frenchman's close-range shot round the post. An encouraging start by both teams.

2008: Another chance to bring you up to date with at the Britannia and it's gone to the visitors. Lucas plays a one-two with Maxi Rodriguez and squares the ball for Suarez, whose shot from point-blank range is smothered by Sorensen.

Blackburn goal: Martin Olsson tears down the wing before crossing to the penalty spot where Ruben Rochina is waiting to smash his side into the lead.

2006: GOALFLASH Blackburn 1-0 Newcastle (Ruben Rochina)

Wolves goal: Molineux erupts as the home side take the lead. Adlene Guedioura juggles a Sam Vokes cross between his feet before poking it to Nenad Milijas who lashes into the roof of the net on the turn. Unsurprisingly, Mick McCarthy punches the air in delight.

2004: GOALFLASH Wolves 1-0 Manchester City (Nenad Milijas)

Sam_arsenal96 on Twitter: "The last 4 meetings between Manchester City and Wolves have had 14 goals, so expect goals galore at Molineux. "

2002: Two whole matches of Carling Cup football have become four with kick offs having taken place at both Blackburn and Everton.

2000: Already we've seen signs of some nice link-up play between Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez for Liverpool, but it's clear that the partnership is still in it's infancy. Reds fans can take a lot of heart from the promise on offer though. You fear for their rivals if they do click.

1959: Meanwhile, at Molineux. Stephen Hunt swings in a ball from the left for the home side and David Edwards heads over from six yards out. I like what I'm seeing. I like it a lot.

1957: Phew. Little to time breathe at Stoke. Ryan Shotton this time with a chance for the home side, which he fires wide of the far post from an angle. I'm already tired watching this.

1956: Also at the Britannia and it's Liverpool's turn to threaten. Andy Carroll fires from long range and Thomas Sorenson is only able to palm straight to Luis Suarez, but with enough pace to give the Uruguayan little time to readjust. His shot goes wide. Kenny Dalglish is up and urging his side on.

1953: Chance for Stoke. Jonathan Walters picks up from a throw in, turns and curls a shot which lands on the top of the net. Decent effort, but it remains 0-0.

1952: Manchester City fans holding cards with the number 6 printed on them. Must be an inside joke.

1950: Cheeky little facts for you about Manchester City's Luca Scapuzzi: he signed from AC Milan this year and he made his debut in the previous round of this competition against Birmingham City.

1948: It's a nicely-paced opening at the Britannia where Stoke begin with a typically launched Stoke throw-in at one end, followed by a brace of corners at the other following a break for Liverpool. All of these come to nothing, but bode well for the quality of the game.

1945: That has just happened. Right now. At Molineux... and at the Britannia.

1944: We've got teams on pitches in the two 1945 BST matches. We're about set to get a cracking night of Carling Cup football under way.

Saj Chowdhury reports: "Manchester City name an entirely different XI to the one that started in the 6-1 win at Manchester United last weekend. Italian striker Luca Scapuzzi, 20, who made his debut in the last round, is handed his first start and will play alongside Edin Dzeko. Wolves make nine changes with only Stephen Ward and Kevin Doyle surviving from the starting XI that began against Swansea."

Wolves v Manchester City line-ups
De Vries, Doherty, Craddock, Elokobi, Ward, Edwards, Guedioura, Milijas, Hunt, Vokes, Doyle. Subs: Hennessey, Henry, Ebanks-Blake, Johnson, Berra, Hammill, O'Hara.
Manchester City: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Savic, Toure, Kolarov, De Jong, Razak, Scapuzzi, Nasri, Johnson, Dzeko. Subs: Taylor, Bridge, Milner, Onuoha, Suarez, Rekik, Balotelli.
Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)

Craig Sterling on Twitter: "Newcastle to beat Blackburn, Everton to beat Chelsea, Stoke to beat Liverpool and Wolves to beat City, am I asking to much?"

1939: In contrast, things are all going pretty well for both Stoke and Liverpool and chances are it will be a well-contested, uncontroversial encounter at the Britannia. Which is nice.

1938: In addition, we've got two managers - Wolves Mick McCarthy and Blackburn's Steve Kean - who may once again have to face the wrath of disgruntled home supporters calling for their head. Not the best time for either to be facing unbeaten teams in the shape of Manchester City and Newcastle respectively.

1937: Well, the Carlos Tevez affair continues to rumble on over at Manchester City, while Chelsea's John Terry has vowed to clear his name after the Football Association announced they would investigate claims he racially abused QPR's Anton Ferdinand. Neither player are going to play tonight but expect their manager's to receive a question or two post-match.

1936: I hope you folks like talking points because there are a few surrounding tonight's Carling Cup matches and I'm going to recap some of those in the next update, which is about to pop up on your screen...

Chris McKenna reports: "Blackburn striker Yakubu makes his first Carling Cup start for Rovers in a side that sees manager Steve Kean make five changes from Sunday's 2-1 defeat against Tottenham. Newcastle hand a full debut to Davide Santon at left-back as boss Alan Pardew also makes five changes from the weekend's 1-0 victory over Wigan, with Sylvain Marveaux, Danny Guthrie, James Perch and Hatem Ben Arfa also included."

Alistair Magowan reports: "Everton make five changes to the team which beat Fulham on Sunday. Louis Saha keeps his place after scoring from the bench, while Tim Cahill joins him in attack. Chelsea defender David Luiz is the only survivor from the QPR defeat the same day. Despite a young team, there is plenty of strength on the bench including Fernando Torres, who has completed his ban. That means Nicolas Anelka, Salomon Kalou and Romelu Lukaku are up front."

Blackburn v Newcastle line-ups
Bunn, Lowe, Samba, Givet, Olsson, Rochina, Petrovic, Pedersen, Hoilett, Yakubu, Goodwillie. Subs: Robinson, Formica, Vukcevic, Roberts, Hanley, Anderson, Cotton.
Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Perch, Coloccini, Santon, Marveaux, Guthrie, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Ben Arfa, Ba. Subs: Elliot, Lovenkrands, Abeid, Gosling, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Ranger.
Referee: Robert Madley (West Yorkshire)

Everton v Chelsea line-ups
Mucha, Neville, Heitinga, Distin, Baines, Bilyaletdinov, Fellaini, Cahill, Rodwell, Drenthe, Saha. Subs: Hahnemann, Hibbert, Stracqualursi, Barkley, Osman, Coleman, Vellios.
Chelsea: Turnbull, Ivanovic, Luiz, Alex, Bertrand, Malouda, Romeu, McEachran, Anelka, Lukaku, Kalou. Subs: Cech, Lampard, Torres, Mata, Mikel, Ferreira, Sturridge.
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

Birmingham start without defender Pablo Ibanez, who is yet to recover from concussion, though Curtis Davies does return to the starting XI. For Leeds, Robert Snodgrass passes a late fitness test after missing the weekend's last gasp victory over Peterborough, but former Birmingham forward Mikael Forssell doesn't even make the substitute's bench for the Yorkshire club.

Birmingham v Leeds line-ups
Myhill, Carr, Caldwell, Davies, Ridgewell, Burke, Fahey, Spector, Beausejour, King, Zigic. Subs: Doyle, Murphy, N'Daw, Rooney, Wood.
Leeds: Rachubka, Connolly, Lees, O'Dea, White, Clayton, Howson, Snodgrass, Pugh, Keogh, McCormack. Subs: Cairns, Kisnorbo, Vayrynen, Becchio, Sam
Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

Hibernian goal: A Hibs corner is kicked off the line by Adam Matthews but only as far as Ivan Sproule, who slams a shot across the face of the goal, off big Daniel Majstorovic's foot and into the net.

Rose Procter on Twitter: "Secretly hoping Rovers lose so Kean is another step closer to the sack. It's like Kidd all over again"

1923: GOALFLASH Hibernian 1-0 Celtic (Ivan Sproule)

Sam Sheringham reports: "Jonathan Woodgate returns to the Stoke defence after three games out with a calf injury, but Peter Crouch, Jermaine Pennant and Salif Diao have to make do with a place on the bench against their former club. Liverpool make eight changes to the side that drew with Norwich on Saturday, with Lucas returning from suspension and Andy Carroll handed a start up front alongside Luis Suarez. Steven Gerrard is not included in the squad."

Stoke v Liverpool line-ups
Sorensen, Huth, Shawcross, Woodgate, Wilson, Shotton, Delap, Whelan, Etherington, Jones, Walters. Subs: Nash, Diao, Pennant, Upson, Crouch, Jerome, Palacios.
Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Carragher, Coates, Agger, Henderson, Lucas, Spearing, Maxi, Suarez, Carroll. Subs: Doni, Aurelio, Kuyt, Adam, Skrtel, Flanagan, Bellamy.
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

1920: And they are now under way between Hibs and Celtic. Unsurprisingly, it's still 0-0.

Annie McGuire reports: On-loan full-back Richie Towell is absent against his parent club Celtic, while Mark Brown starts in goal for Hibs in place of Graham Stack, as has been the case previously in the competition. Neil Lennon has made three changes to the Celtic team which started against Aberdeen at the weekend. Thomas Rogne makes first appearance of the season alongside Daniel Majstorovic in central defence.

Hibernian v Celtic line-ups
Brown, Palsson, Stephens, Murray, Hanlon, Osbourne, Wotherspoon, Sproule, Griffiths, O'Connor, Agogo. Subs: Stack, Galbraith, Sodje, Scott, Stevenson.
Celtic: Forster, Matthews, Majstorovic, Rogne, Ledley, Mark Wilson, Kayal, Ki, Forrest, Stokes, Hooper. Subs: Zaluska, McCourt, El Kaddouri, Cha, Wanyama.
Referee: William Collum (Scotland)

Annie McGuire reports:
"We've had upsets aplenty in the Scottish Communties League Cup this season, with an impressive list of teams knocked out of the competition - Rangers, Hearts and Aberdeen were joined last night by St Mirren and Dundee United. It's an all-SPL tie tonight though for the last place in the semi-finals, with Hibs attempting to beat Celtic for the first time since Colin Calderwood took charge just over a year ago. Celtic are struggling to find top form, 10 points behind Rangers in the SPL and having conceded eight goals in their last five games. The last time these two met in the league cup was 2003: Hibs the winners that time. A similar result tonight would make Calderwood's life a lot easier."

Alistair Magowan reports: "Everton had something of a recent hoodoo over Chelsea until they lost at Stamford Bridge 11 days ago. David Moyes' men were unbeaten over the two previous seasons against the west Londoners which included a penalty shootout victory in the FA Cup last term. Chelsea will shuffle the pack as they are without John Terry, Didier Drogba, Ashley Cole, Raul Meireles and Jose Bosingwa but they could welcome back Fernando Torres."

Chris McKenna reports: "With Blackburn bottom of the Premier League and manager Steve Kean the subject of protests from supporters, the Carling Cup could provide a welcome distraction for Rovers as they look to reach the last eight for the fourth time in five years. Newcastle are in great shape in the league, sitting fourth, and a good cup run would only add to Alan Pardew's growing reputation on Tyneside."

Saj Chowdhury reports: "I wonder how long it will take before City fans at Molineux start chanting "we want six"? The good news for Wolves is that manager Roberto Mancini will make changes to the side that started in 'that' win over Manchester United, but the bad news is that the replacement XI will pack a punch too. The home side will have been buoyed by their comeback at the weekend, but let's be blunt, last Saturday's opponents Swansea won't be beating United 6-1 any time soon."

Sam Sheringham reports: "The League Cup has been a struggle for Liverpool of late, with the Reds having failed to reach the quarter-finals in any of the past three seasons. Manager Kenny Dalglish has fielded strong sides in the competition so far and is likely to do the same for the trip to Stoke, where Liverpool suffered a 1-0 league defeat in September. Stoke, appearing in the fourth round for the fourth season running, are playing for the third time in six days."

1914: BREAKING TEAM NEWS - It's 11 changes for Manchester City versus just the nine for Wolves. Typical Carling Cup behaviour from the big boys.

1911: Tonight also sees Hibernian host Celtic in the Scottish Communities League Cup quarter-final. BBC Scotland are providing live text commentary of that match along with live streaming, both of which are underway now.

Wayne Lamport on Twitter: "NUFC are gunna take full advantage of Blackburns poor form, 3-1 to the Toon!"

Chris Dickinson on Twitter: "This is the game for players like Maxi, Spearing and Henderson to prove themselves and produce the goods. 2-1 to #lfc"

1909: Plenty to chat about then, but not just from me to you, but also from you to me. Think of us like the live text Chuckle Brothers. Except I'm Barry. You lot can be Paul. You can Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball or text in via 81111 (UK).

1905: There's also cheeky Championship game tonight with a fitting Carling Cup link as last season's winners Birmingham play Leeds United at St Andrews in a fixture re-arranged because of the former's European commitments. I'll also be bringing you updates on that. So there.

1902: BREAKING TEAM NEWS - Andy Carroll starts up front for Liverpool alongside Luis Suarez but there is no place in the squad for midfielder Steven Gerrard.

1900: To satisfy the raw information junkies (and they're a demanding and potentially dangerous lot if not properly fed), here are the Cup fixtures in full:
Stoke v Liverpool (1945 BST)
Wolves v Manchester City (1945 BST)
Blackburn v Newcastle (2000 BST)
Everton v Chelsea (2000 BST)

1856: So tonight we have four games of League Cup football, featuring eight Premier League teams, three of which are in the top four, one of which is at the bottom and four of which are variously placed in differing positions throughout the remainder of the table.

1850: Last night confirmed four of this season's Carling Cup quarter-finalists in the shape of Arsenal, Cardiff, Crystal Palace and Manchester United, but as anyone with even the most basic grasp of counting to eight knows that's four too few teams to conduct any kind of quarter-final draw without it descending into a confused, unexpectedly empty-bagged fiasco.

1845: Lock the door, close the curtains, take the phone off the hook and if you absolutely have to, Sky Plus 'Peter Andre: My Life' (other recording devices are available) because you do not want to miss what the Carling Cup is going to chuck in your general direction tonight.

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Carling Cup results

26 Oct 2011 23:59 UK

Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 26 Oct 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Southampton 13 14 27
2 West Ham 13 12 24
3 Middlesbrough 13 8 24
4 Crystal Palace 13 6 23
5 Leeds 13 5 21
6 Derby 13 1 21
7 Hull 12 1 21
8 Birmingham 11 5 20
9 Cardiff 13 4 20
10 Ipswich 13 -2 20
11 Peterborough 13 4 19
12 Blackpool 13 3 19
13 Brighton 13 1 19
14 Leicester 13 1 19
15 Reading 13 1 17
16 Portsmouth 13 0 15
17 Burnley 12 -1 15
18 Barnsley 13 -2 15
19 Nott'm Forest 13 -9 14
20 Millwall 13 -4 12
21 Coventry 13 -6 11
22 Watford 13 -12 10
23 Doncaster 13 -14 8
24 Bristol City 13 -16 6

see also
Wednesday's football photos
26 Oct 11 |  Football

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