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By Tom Rostance
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2235: Well that's all from me for tonight. Sam Lyon will be back tomorrow night for the fourth and final quarter-final, as well as some Europa League action. Cheers.

Full time
FULL-TIME Cardiff 2-0 Blackburn
Dewi Hughes reports: "On an emotional night in Wales Cardiff produced a rousing display to move into the semi-finals and heap more pressure on Blackburn boss Steve Kean."

Full time
FULL-TIME Arsenal 0-1 Man City
Alistair Magowan reports: "Arsenal's young midfield were on top for most of this encounter, but Manchester City's expensive strikers taught them a lesson in one sweeping move."

Full time
FULL-TIME Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool
Phil McNulty reports from Stamford Bridge: "Liverpool win with plenty to spare against a bitterly disappointing Chelsea. Delight for Kenny Dalglish but more troubles for Andre Villas-Boas."

2231: So tonight's action is all done and dusted. Here are the views of our reporters...

2229: Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay: "It was an emotional evening and a lot of fans came here tonight with Gary Speed and we wanted to put Wales into the semi-finals as a tribute to Gary. They should be very proud, playing against a Premier League side on an emotional night like tonight to put on a performance like that."

2226: Cardiff striker Kenny Miller after his goal helped the Bluebirds into the Carling Cup semi-finals: "It was an emotional start after everything at the weekend. We wanted to go out and perform for the fans and we were worthy winners in the end. It's massive for the club. It looks like it going to be three big guns in the semi-finals, obviously Manchester United have got Crystal Palace tomorrow. At home, we'll get in their face and give anyone a game."

2221: Some more reaction from Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: "We feel harshly done by but it's part of the learning process. We were closer to winning the game than losing it. We were caught on the counter attack for the goal and we were naïve. Overall the young players have done well."

Carl Walker on Twitter: "Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was the best player on the pitch tonight, he has such a big future! Quality service and didn't give up." #BBCFootball

Richard Hodkinson on Twitter: "Blackburn look like a mediocre Championship side under Kean, which is where the team's headed unless something happens soon." #BBCFootball

Seb Pearce on Twitter: "Kenny Daglish has once again brought the best out of his players. A trait which Andre Villas-Boas would love to have." #BBCFootball

2217: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has taken "plenty of positives" from his side's defeat to Manchester City, and rightly so. Emmanuel Frimpong certainly looks a force to be reckoned with. Francis Coquelin also shone in there. "The performances of some players were outstanding," he says.

2214: Here's some more from Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini: "It was a difficult win and Arsenal played very well. It was a great goal and counter attack is the perfect goal. It's important we won and we want to try and go to the final. These games are important because all these players could play in the next game against Norwich."

Christian Reilly on Twitter: "City through. United will win tomorrow. Someone start warming the balls. Yet another City v United cup semi is a guarantee." #BBCFootball

2210: Blackburn manager Steve Kean: "We're disappointed. We've got a big game in Wales at the weekend against Swansea so we made a few changes. We thought that team would be enough but full credit to Cardiff. I felt the second goal was a handball and we were expecting a foul. Possibly if we'd been a bit higher up the table we might have made less changes."

Chris Dickinson on Twitter: "#BBCFootball Had AVB said anything else it would have been an injustice. #CFC offered little Torres wants to be anywhere but on the field."

2206: Roberto Mancini has acknowledged that his side had a "difficult" evening after making 10 changes but has set his sights on winning the trophy. "December and January are going to be very busy," he says. "But it's good, we have a chance every few days to win."

2204: So we now know three of the last four in the Carling Cup as Cardiff, Manchester City and Liverpool are through. It's over to Manchester United and Crystal Palace to battle out the last spot tomorrow night.

BBC Radio 5 live
David Pleat on Radio 5 live: "It was a very tough game. Arsenal resisted well without any real killer thrust although Oxlade-Chamberlain threatened and Frimpong did well. City faded in the second half but the goal was magnificently constructed and was a worthy winner. But Arsenal will come out of this with a lot of plusses."

Kevin Ratcliffe on Radio 5 live: "The thing for me is that Cardiff looked a lot fitter. They got around quicker, showed good energy levels and kept it going throughout. It was really poor from Blackburn. One or two players were not interested and perhaps were not giving the manager what he needed when he's under pressure. The problems were there straight from kick-off and Cardiff exploited it. 2-0 and it could have been more."

2157: Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas says: "I thought Liverpool were superior all the way through. They had a strong desire to kill the game off and we couldn't match it." Very honest words from AVB.

2155: So Manchester City's season rolls on on a night where a so-so performance was capped by a wonderful, wonderful goal. Arsenal are out of the cup and with no Robin van Persie, there were no goals. Are we surprised?

2153: FULL-TIME Arsenal 0-1 Man City

2152: More good feet from Gervinho as he makes a yard of space on the right and fires over a cross which is just beyond Marouane Chamakh. Last few seconds here.

Mark Payne on Twitter: "Big wins for Cardiff & Leeds. It had to be tonight. I predict wins for Everton, Bolton, Newcastle & Sheffield United this w/end" #BBCFootball

Alan Oliver on Twitter: "#LFC were brilliant tonight. Fingers crossed @LucasLeiva87 isn't badly injured because he's been superb during Kenny's reign." #BBCFootball

FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: No change at the top of the Championship where leaders Southampton came from behind to beat Hull City 2-1 and second-placed West Ham won 2-0 at Middlesbrough. It was a poignant night for Leeds fans who paid tribute to former player Gary Speed during United's fine 4-0 win at Nottingham Forest. Bottom-club Doncaster suffered more misery, this time going down 3-2 at Millwall. In League One, Preston North End edged out Hartlepool 1-0.

2147: Sergio Aguero is obviously not in the the best of moods despite scoring that cracker as he has a tussle with Laurent Koscielny. The striker is thrown to the ground before chasing after Koscielny and giving him another push. They make up in the end though. Just a few minutes for City to hang on now and book a place in the last four.

Steve Claridge on Radio 5 live extra: "There are ways of losing games. I came here to see a manager under pressure to see 'is he getting the best out of his players? Is he setting them up right? Are they going in the right direction?' No! No! No! Massive problems and, Mr Villas-Boas I'm afraid, most of them are down to you."

Man City goal: This may not have been the best game we've seen this season, but Sergio Aguero has just scored a peach of a goal. It comes from an Arsenal corner, which Edin Dzeko clears up before beating two men on the edge of his own area and starting a counter attack. Dzeko then plays a magnificent pass right through the middle to Adam Johnson, who flicks it on to Aguero who passes the ball past Lukas Fabianksi. From one end to the other in a matter of seconds. Fabulous.

2143: GOALFLASH Arsenal 0-1 Man City (Sergio Aguero)

2142: FULL-TIME Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool

2140: Owen Hargreaves comes off for Manchester City, a fairly solid display from the former England man in midfield tonight. He could yet play a part in the Premier League after Christmas you feel. Steve Kean takes his new coat down the tunnel in Cardiff after seeing his side well beaten.

2139: FULL-TIME Cardiff 2-0 Blackburn

2137: Gary Speed's name echoes around the Cardiff City Stadium as the hosts close in on a fine win. Jason Roberts has a sighter for Blackburn but can only hit his volley into the turf and wide. Martin Skrtel comes on for Liverpool to waste a few seconds as we enter stoppage time.

BBC Radio 5 live
David Pleat on Radio 5 live: "Chamakh's move has not been a success. He's a centre forward, who likes heading the ball and Arsene Wenger thought he could rework his side to use that. But it just hasn't worked and it's as much the player's fault. He just hasn't succeeded in English football."

2133: Gervinho has made an impact since he came on and former Gunner Kolo Toure has to be on his toes to make a smart tackle and stop the forward's run.

2130: So it's looking like Cardiff and Liverpool are going to be in the semi-finals while we may need extra-time at Arsenal. There's about 15 minutes for someone to find a way through. Marouane Chamakh is still on by the way, it was Park who came off for Gervinho.

2127: The Liverpool fans are now singing Gary Speed's name as Craig Bellamy is replaced by Dirk Kuyt. Nice touch. Gervinho has come on for Arsenal in place of Marouane Chamakh.

Sean Robert Jones on Twitter: "What a player Bellamy is. So much quality and passion on an emotional night. Good enough for City, their loss." #BBCFootball

Rob Rimmer on Twitter: "Who will get sacked first; Kean or AVB? My money is on AVB." #BBCFootball

FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: In the Championship, Leeds have surely sealed victory at the City Ground where they lead Nottingham Forest 4-0 with Adam Clayton netting from close range. Burnley have romped into a 3-0 lead at home to struggling Ipswich while Brighton are beating Derby 1-0 at Pride Park thanks to Craig Mackail-Smith's first-half strike.

2124: It's just not Blackburn's day. Or season for that matter. Scott Dann gets up well at the back stick to head David Dunn's cross a matter of inches wide. Steve Kean throws on strikers Jason Roberts and Yakubu.

2121: Substitute Nicolas Anelka goes close for Chelsea as he nutmegs the onrushing Pepe Reina but is unable to dig out a proper shot and Jamie Carragher easily clears. Chelsea suddenly looking threatening now as Reina saves another Fernando Torres header.

2119: Fernando Torres has a header on target... but Pepe Reina could have thrown his cap on that one. In Cardiff, full-back Kevin McNaughton goes close to a sensational third when he storms up the right flank and crashes a long-range shot just wide. Great effort. Looking like the Championship side will be in the last four.

2116: Still no breakthrough at Arsenal but City go close when Edin Dzeko flicks an acrobatic effort wide from Pablo Zabaleta's cross. Some bad news for Liverpool as Lucas is down with a knee injury and needs a stretcher to come off. Charlie Adam replaces him.

2113: Across London, a chance for Arsenal as the lively Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain cuts in from the left and thumps in a shot which Costel Pantilimon does well to keep out. It could be worse for Blackburn fans tonight though, Stockport are 7-0 down at Grimsby. Ouch.

FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: Championship leaders Southampton have turned things around at home to Hull City. They now lead the Tigers 2-1 after goals from Guly Do Prado and Adam Lallana early in the second half. Leeds United are 3-0 up at Nottingham Forest after a close-range header from Luciano Becchio on a night when their fans have been paying respect to former hero Gary Speed.

Liverpool goal. Dear oh dear, where was the defending? Craig Bellamy swings in a great free-kick from the left but Martin Kelly is left all alone from four yards out to head into the net. Just dreadful marking from Chelsea as Kelly scores his first goal for the club.

2110: GOALFLASH Chelsea 0-2 Liverpool (Martin Kelly)

2109: Great chance for Kenny Miller to finish the game in Wales. Aron Gunnarsson threads another peach of a pass through the fragile looking Blackburn defence but this time Miller can only slam the ball over the top.

2107: Manchester City have kicked off in the second half at Arsenal by the way as Andre Villas-Boas readies his replacements. Juan Mata and Nicolas Anelka both set to come on.

Liverpool goal. It's the same end as his goal at Stamford Bridge 10 days ago, and it's another assist for Craig Bellamy. Jordan Henderson cuts the Chelsea defence in two with a cute through ball and Bellamy races in from the right before squaring for Maxi to tap into the corner in front of the away end. Unmissable.

2105: GOALFLASH Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool (Maxi Rodriguez)

2104: Blackburn come alive and David Goodwillie has two chances to pull a goal back. First he wastes a free header and then is denied by a great tackle.

Someone has struck the woodwork
2102: Close, so close for Chelsea. Not exactly vintage football but Florent Malouda gets on the end of a Frank Lampard free-kick and his scuffed effort bounces down into the six-yard box before hitting the crossbar. David Luiz tries to bundle in the rebound but Sebastian Coates makes the clearance.

BBC Radio 5 live
Steve Claridge on Radio 5 live extra: "That's a big result for Steve Kean if Blackburn get beat tonight. It's difficult to see where he goes from here."

2100: Luis Suarez is warming up for Liverpool. Get him on and let's have some goals. It's all been far too cagey for my liking.

2058: A moment of brain fade from Maxi Rodriguez as he bursts into the penalty area on the left but cuts the ball back a mile behind any of his team-mates. Liverpool then hack the ball away at the other end as Fernando Torres runs into the box.

Cardiff goal. An ugly moment for stand-in Blackburn goalkeeper Mark Bunn as he comes for a corner, gets nowhere near it and can only watch as Anthony Gerrard - Steven Gerrard's cousin - heads into the open goal. Steve Kean and his new coat are in danger of crashing out here.

2055: GOALFLASH Cardiff 2-0 Blackburn (Anthony Gerrard)

David Pleat on Radio 5 live: "City have had most of the possession, there's no doubt about that, but they've not yet tested Lukas Fabianski. While at the other end, Costel Pantilimon has made two outstanding saves. Arsenal have been very determined, very disciplined, playing a high line. They've got less experience in the side but so far they're holding City."

2053: Liverpool and Chelsea are also playing again while Cardiff burst out of the blocks but Kenny Miller just can't get on the end of a fizzing cross from the left.

FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: Second-placed West Ham are 1-0 ahead at Middlesbrough while Leeds United are now 2-0 up at Nottingham Forest after Jonathan Howson fired in from outside the penalty box on the stroke of half time. At the bottom, Doncaster Rovers trail 2-1 at Millwall while Preston lead Hartlepool 1-0 in the only League One match, thanks to Neil Mellor's 20-yard goal.

Half time
Arsenal 0-0 Man City
Alistair Magowan's HT snapshot:
"Pretty even at the Emirates, but Arsenal, led by youngsters Emmanuel Frimpong, Francis Coquelin and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, have grown in stature. Samir Nasri has been given a torrid time so far by the home supporters."

2050: Steve Kean's side are up and running in the second half in Cardiff.

2049: HALF-TIME Arsenal 0-0 Man City

FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: A big goal in the Championship just before the break as Robert Koren put Hull 1-0 up at leaders Southampton. Fans of West Ham will be very interested in how the next 45 minutes goes.

2046: You can tell a lot about a man from his choice of jackets, and Steve Kean is obviously confident he is going nowhere as he's just strode out of the tunnel in a belter of a new coat. He's splashed the cash there which is not the antics of a Scotsman fearing the sack.

2044: Just watched a replay of that fabulous defending from Blackburn's Scott Dann to prevent Kenny Miller from doubling the lead in Cardiff. Maybe that hit his arm on the goalline but it was leathered straight at him from two yards away. Good defending in my book. Blackburn have 45 minutes to find a way through though.

2043: The good and bad side of Edin Dzeko there. First the big striker motors clear down the left with real purpose but then offers up a sloppy pass inside which is easily cut out. Shoddy.

Rikesh on Twitter: "looks like Dalglish will need to get Kuyt Suarez and Adam off the bench to destroy the Chelsea defence " #BBCFootball

Edward Cook on Twitter: "Anyones game at the Bridge tonight! Torres and Carroll both been quiet, hope for fireworks in the second half!" #BBCFootball

2039: There are still five minutes or so left at Arsenal where Manchester City continue to press. Sergio Aguero has already had a few quality touches and there is no doubt he will test this second-string Arsenal defence.

Half time
HALF-TIME Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool
Chief football writer Phil McNulty's HT snapshot from Stamford Bridge:
"Not much in the way of high quality at Stamford Bridge. In the battle of the £85m strikers Liverpool's Andy Carroll has at least had the consolation of actually being involved - although not in a particularly good way. Unlike Fernando Torres, who has been invisible."

Half time
Cardiff 1-0 Blackburn
Dewi Hughes' HT snapshot: "Kenny Miller's predatory instincts give Cardiff City a slender lead, scoring from the home side's first attack on 20 minutes. He almost grabbed a second - only last-ditch Blackburn defending preventing the Bluebirds from putting one foot in the semi-finals. "

2036: HALF-TIME Chelsea 0-0 Liverpool

2034: Bizarre but attacking substitution from Roberto Mancini as Sergio Aguero comes on for Aleksandar Kolarov. Bit of a tactical tweak for City here.

2033: HALF-TIME Cardiff 1-0 Blackburn

Yellow card
2032: A fourth Chelsea player is booked already - but this could have been red. Romelu Lukaku crunches into Jordan Henderson and is lucky on two counts as referee Phil Dowd books Ryan Bertrand instead.

2030: Great save from Costel Pantilimon to deny Arsenal! Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain exchanges passes with Marouane Chamakh before cracking a lovely effort from 25 yards which is heading into the top corner until the big Romanian tips it over. Top save.

Femi Williams on Twitter: "Chamakh wins everything in the air, something arsenal have lacked, you'd never usually expect them to score from a setpiece." #BBCFootball

Steve Blyth on Twitter: "Arsenal look really lively tonight, however, RVP would have made the difference with that chance. Why rest somebody so in-form?" #BBCFootball

2027: Chelsea youngster Josh McEachran took a whack to the ankle earlier and he has had to come off as Brazilian Ramires takes his place in midfield. Chelsea could do with him - or anyone to be honest - getting hold of this game. It's rather passing them by.

BBC Radio 5 live
David Pleat on Radio 5 live: "Arsenal are condensing the play and making it difficult for City. There's very little room so when City try to get their passing play going they can't find space."

2024: Manchester City are starting to take charge at Arsenal but have not really created much as of yet. Edin Dzeko was almost clear but he was well challenged by Sebastien Squillaci.

2022: Comedy gold from David Dunn who is having some half here. He embarks on a mazy dribble across the face of the penalty area but at the critical moment absolutely shanks his left-footed shot about 35 yards wide. We've all been there David...

2020: That was almost stunning! David Dunn produces a fantastic volley from 30 yards - a full on, both feet off the floor job - but Cardiff keeper Tom Heaton spoils his moment with a good save to his left.

2017: The Arsenal fans are really quite insistent that Samir Nasri's move to Manchester City was somehow due to financial reasons. I have no idea what they are getting at.

Chief football writer Phil McNulty at Stamford Bridge: "Phil Dowd gives a penalty at the third time of asking after Chelsea and Liverpool both have presentable appeals ignored - but an opportunity badly wasted by Andy Carroll. Liverpool have had the better of this so far. Andre Villas-Boas has already given Fernando Torres a lengthy touchline pep-talk."

2015: Arsenal come close to an opener when Park Chu-young gets on the end of Francis Coquelin's cross but City keeper Costel Pantilimon makes a great save to his left.

Former England captain and Test Match Special commentator Michael Vaughan on Twitter: "How Fitting that Leeds Score a goal during the 11 mins of singing Gary Speeds name." #BBCFootball

FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: Early goal in the Championship at Riverside Stadium where West Ham are 1-0 up against Middlesbrough thanks to a Frederic Piquionne header. The Hammers are just behind leaders Southampton, who are under way at home to Hull City and currently goalless. Leeds meanwhile have scored during their 11-minute Gary Speed tribute through Robert Snodgrass.

2011: It should have been 2-0 to Cardiff as Kenny Miller cuts around Mark Bunn but twice sees efforts cleared off the line. That was fantastic last-ditch defending from Blackburn. First moment of danger at Emirates Stadium as well as England winger Adam Johnson lashes a 25-yard shot onto the roof of the net.

2010: Chelsea literally hand Liverpool an opportunity when Alex needlessly turns away a cross with his arm and referee Phil Dowd gives the spot kick. Andy Carroll steps up and smashes the ball down the middle but Ross Turnbull bats it away.

2009: Missed penalty for Liverpool (Andy Carroll)


Cardiff goal: I told you it was all Blackburn. Disastrous stuff from Morten Gamst Pedersen as he loses possession in midfield and Aron Gunnarsson is in quickly to thread through a pass for Kenny Miller. The Scotland striker runs a trifle wide but is able to slot through the legs of Blackburn's Mark Bunn.

2006: GOALFLASH Cardiff 1-0 Blackburn (Kenny Miller)

2004: Blackburn go close as David Dunn - who is sporting a monster of a beard - fires over from the edge of the area after a corner causes havoc in the area.

2003: Those Leeds fans will be in full voice at the moment as they sing Gary Speed's name for a full 11 minutes. Impressive effort. We have kicked-off at Arsenal now and Samir Nasri is instantly booed.

England cricketer Stuart Broad on Twitter: "Never seen more away support at The City Ground. Awesome from the Leeds Utd fans." #BBCFootball

BBC Radio 5 live
David Pleat on Radio 5 live on Samir Nasri: "Some players do well at some clubs where the system suits them. They go someone else and it might be rotation or a different manager but it can take longer to settle. David Silva is special, I think Adam Johnson gets a raw deal at times, so it's harder for Nasri to bolt down a first team place."

1959: Chelsea are looking shaky at the back and when they fail to deal with a corner, Andy Carroll hooks a shot over on the turn. The players are out on the pitch at Arsenal where Gary Speed is being remembered.

1956: Liverpool have settled well at Stamford Bridge with Jordan Henderson putting in a dangerous cross which is well dealt with by Alex. In Cardiff, Blackburn's David Goodwillie has been a threat so far but there have been no clear cut chances.

1954: You can't keep David Luiz out of the action can you? The first foray forward for Liverpool sees Jose Enrique cross from the left and Andy Carroll is shoved out of the way by the Brazilian defender. On another day we could have had two penalties here already.

Yellow card
1950: Drama at Chelsea as David Luiz bursts into the penalty area and goes to ground under a rash-looking challenge from Sebastian Coates. It looked like a penalty to me but referee Phil Dowd instead books Luiz for a dive. A let-off for Liverpool there for sure.

BBC Radio 5 live
Kevin Ratcliffe at the Cardiff City Stadium on Radio 5 live: "It was fitting for a great man. It's been an incredibly difficult three days for people in Wales and around the country."

1947: We are also off at Chelsea.

1946: A touching minute's applause also takes place at Stamford Bridge, with former Wales captain Craig Bellamy looking understandably emotional. We are under way in Cardiff.

Alistair Magowan reports:
"Both Arsenal and Manchester City make 10 changes each from the teams that were in Premier League action on the weekend. Johan Djourou and Samir Nasri, facing his old club for the first time, are the only survivors. Owen Hargreaves makes his third appearance of the season for City, with Arsenal's Marouane Chamakh and Park Chu-young up front."

Arsenal v Man City
Arsenal: Fabianski, Djourou, Koscielny, Squillaci, Miquel, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Coquelin, Frimpong, Benayoun, Park, Chamakh. Subs: Mannone, Vermaelen, Arshavin, Gervinho, Eastmond, Ozyakup, Yennaris.
Man City: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Toure, Onuoha, Savic, Hargreaves, De Jong, Johnson, Nasri, Kolarov, Dzeko. Subs: Taylor, Richards, Bridge, Aguero, Suarez, Rekik, Razak.
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

1942: There is a minute's applause underway in Cardiff in memory of Gary Speed. Cardiff boss Malky Mackay and Blackburn boss Steve Kean lay wreathes on the pitch. The teams are also out at Stamford Bridge.

1935: All three Carling Cup ties will be decided tonight remember, so we all could be in for the long haul and penalties. If that happens there will be some serious coffee making action in the BBC kitchen. Surely we are in for goals in all three games though? Let's start on a positive note...

Dewi Hughes reports:
"A change in goal for Cardiff City as Tom Heaton replaces David Marshall, while the only other change sees fit-again Filip Kiss in for Stephen McPhail in midfield. True to his word, Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean has shuffled his pack with five changes form Saturday's defeat to Stoke City. Mark Bunn, Radoslav Petrovic, Nick Blackman, David Goodwillie and captain David Dunn all come in."

Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports from Stamford Bridge:
"Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish hinted he would field a weakened side when complaining about the scheduling of this fixture - but his team has a strong look. Luis Suarez is on the bench but Craig Bellamy, Andy Carroll and Maxi Rodgrigues will provide plenty of potency in attack. Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas starts with Fernando Torres up front and there is an opportunity to look at promising youngsters Oriel Romeu, Romelu Lukaku, Josh McEachran and Ryan Bertrand."

Cardiff v Blackburn
Cardiff: Heaton, McNaughton, Taylor, Gerrard, Turner, Kiss, Whittingham, Cowie, Conway, Gunnarsson, Miller. Subs: Marshall, Earnshaw, Quinn, Mason, Blake, McPhail, Ralls.
Blackburn: Bunn, Hanley, Givet, Dann, Lowe, Petrovic, Dunn, Formica, Pedersen, Blackman, Goodwillie. Subs: Robinson, Rochina, Yakubu, Vukcevic, Roberts, Anderson, Henley.
Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

Aleks Koslok on Twitter: "Any club actually taking the Carling Cup seriously? Great chance of picking up silverware and a distraction from the league!" #BBCFootball

1929: If you all wouldn't mind hitting refresh, you will be able to keep across all the goals and action at the top of the screen on midweek final score. Brilliant.

1927: So Samir Nasri does start at Emirates Stadium against Arsenal. Will be very interesting to see what reception he gets tonight. Did he jump ship? A fine player whatever anyone may think of him.

BBC Radio 5 live
Kevin Ratcliffe on Radio 5 Live: "I've lost a good friend in Gary Speed. We've lost a great man, a great player and a great manager-in-the-making. I've known him since he was 12, he was a paperboy of mine. As an Everton fan he used to come ask me for tickets for the match."

BREAKING TEAM NEWS: Samir Nasri starts for Manchester City against his former club Arsenal, while Owen Hargreaves is also back in the side.

Billy Cotton on Twitter: "strange seeing the likes of Lampard and Torres playing in the carling cup, shows AVB needs to win a trophy." #BBCFootball

Sam Candlin on Twitter: "Glad to see McEachrean starting at last, quality player who can only get better. Just needs a chance and a quality performance." #BBCFootball

Chelsea v Liverpool
Chelsea: Turnbull, Bosingwa, Luiz, Alex, Bertrand, Lampard, Romeu, McEachran, Malouda, Torres, Lukaku. Subs: Hilario, Ivanovic, Ramires, Mata, Ferreira, Kalou, Anelka.
Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Carragher, Coates, Jose Enrique, Henderson, Lucas, Spearing, Maxi, Bellamy, Carroll. Subs: Doni, Suarez, Kuyt, Downing, Adam, Skrtel, Flanagan.
Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

BBC Radio 5 live
Steve Claridge at Stamford Bridge on Radio 5 live: "Sometimes winning this cup can be handy. There are five very big clubs still in this tournament and that's because they've got big squads. There's a big turnout from Liverpool so if the clubs don't get it, the fans certainly do. Don't tell me going out of cups does anything for confidence."

Dewi Hughes reports:
"Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay has sensed a real opportunity for a cup upset against Blackburn, but warned his players not to underestimate their Premier League visitors. "I have looked at them three or four times and they have had some really poor decisions against them," he said. Steve Kean, battling for his future as Blackburn manager, will make changes to his side with Saturday's Premier League match with Swansea in mind. He said: "We'd like three points more to be honest but we still think we can select a side against Cardiff that can get a bit of momentum and get a win under our belt, which is important."

Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports from Stamford Bridge:
"Chelsea assistant manager Roberto di Matteo insists the Carling Cup is high on their list of priorities this season, saying: "It's a way of winning a cup and can also give a positive momentum if you win a trophy in that part of the season." Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is unhappy the tie is being played only two days after meeting Manchester City at Anfield but he says: "We've sold out our allocation at Chelsea and whatever team we put out on that pitch, they will try as hard as they possibly can for those fans and try to progress in the competition."

Alistair Magowan reports:
"Despite his intention to tinker, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he still has hopes of matching Manchester City's moneyed muscle. 'Our squad has more experience [than it used to] and I am confident we can show that,' he said. Former Gunners Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy started at Anfield 51 hours ago so are unlikely to start against their old club, with City boss Roberto Mancini planning to change 'all the team'"

Michal Kasztelewicz on Twitter: "Am I the only one who thinks that Blackburn can do a Birmingham this season?" #BBCFootball

BREAKING TEAM NEWS: Arsenal rest captain and goal machine Robin van Persie as Arsene Wenger partners Marouane Chamakh and Park Chu-young in attack.

BREAKING TEAM NEWS: Craig Bellamy returns to the Liverpool side alongside Andy Carroll in attack, and there also starts for Jay Spearing and Sebastian Coates. Romelu Lukaku does start for Chelsea along with Fernando Torres.

Dewi Hughes reports: "An emotional evening awaits at Cardiff City Stadium, where a ceremony in memory of Gary Speed will be held before kick-off at the scene of his last match as Wales manager 17 days ago. Cardiff City will be aiming to reach the league cup semi-finals for the first time since 1966, and the in-form Championship side will fancy their chances against Premier League bottom side Blackburn Rovers. Could defeat tonight signal the end of Steve Kean's reign?""

Alistair Magowan reports:
"Two days after drawing with Liverpool, Manchester City must travel to Arsenal, where they have not won for 36 years. Normally, you would think City have enough in reserve to break that run with Arsenal planning on resting key players. But City boss Roberto Mancini has already vented his displeasure at the quick turnaround and said he was considering fielding '14-15 year olds.' Will Owen Hargreaves be among them?"

Chief football writer Phil McNulty reports from Stamford Bridge:
"Kenny Dalglish will be hoping it is not unlucky 13 at Stamford Bridge tonight as he currently remains undefeated in 12 games against Chelsea as Liverpool manager. His latest success came with a 2-1 Premier League win 10 days ago. Andre Villas-Boas will have his sights not set simply on revenge in this Carling Cup quarter-final, but building on the momentum gathered with Saturday's 3-0 win against Wolves."

1858: Plenty of you are letting me know who you want to see out on the pitch tonight and we should have confirmation of the teams with you any time soon.

Johnny McRory on Twitter: "Hope to see Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain start for Arsenal tonight. Great young talent and he needs game time!" #BBCFootball

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Anonymous on text, via 81111: "Liverpool desperate to win the league cup this season. Will field a strong side v Chelsea who couldn't care less and will field a weakened team. Liverpool for the win. 3-1."

1850: In the Championship, Hull are the latest potential lambs to the slaughter as they face the obscene home record of leaders Southampton. The Saints have won their last 20 games at St Mary's, which is quite frankly ridiculous. Should Nicky Barmby inspire his lads to end that run though, Big Sam's West Ham could go top if they thump Middlesbrough. Who themselves could go third if they win. Got all that? In short, some cracking games in store.

Matthew Curran on Twitter: "Hoping to see Romelu Lukaku starting for Chelsea today, massively underplayed so far this season." #BBCFootball

1846: Send me your views on the Carling Cup, the tributes to Gary Speed, action at the top of the Championship or even tell me why you are in the away end at Wealdstone v Banbury if you must. Tweet the commentary via the hashtag #BBCFootball, Tweet me @TJRostance or text in via 81111 (UK).

1845: The final quarter final sees Crystal Palace travel to Old Trafford on Wednesday by the way to face Manchester United. So come on then, let's hear who you are tipping to make it through. Do any of the big clubs want to win this competition? There's a place in the Europa League up for grabs if they do. Any takers?

1844: Owen Hargreaves could be in the Manchester City team tonight at Arsenal - hoping to continue his record of scoring on every appearance for the club so far - while Cardiff could pile even more pressure on Blackburn boss Steve Kean with a win. As if he's not under enough fire.

1842: Looking at those three quarter-finals then, who do we expect to make it through to the last four? Liverpool may feel the benefit of not playing in Europe this season when they walk out at Stamford Bridge for the second time in 10 days and I reckon Kenny Dalglish is desperate to add more silverware to the Anfield cabinet. Can the Reds win at Chelsea again?

1840: Of course, football will take its chance to pay further respect to the life of Gary Speed tonight and we expect some emotional scenes across the land. In Wales, Cardiff host Blackburn while there is a special tribute planned at Nottingham Forest v Leeds. The Leeds fans are going to chant Speed's name for 11 minutes, from the 11th minute, in memory of the midfielder's time at Elland Road, where he wore the 11 shirt.

1835: Good evening one and all, and welcome aboard. After a horrible few days for football after the death of Gary Speed we are right back in action as the Carling Cup takes centre stage. Three of the four semi-final places will be decided tonight and we have a load of league and non league fixtures as well. Will we see Manchester City field a reserve team at Arsenal? Can Blackburn manager Steve Kean take his side to Wembley? Can Fernando Torres net against Liverpool? Let's find out...

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29 Nov 2011 23:59 UK

Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 29 Nov 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Southampton 19 22 42
2 West Ham 19 20 40
3 Cardiff 19 11 34
4 Middlesbrough 19 6 32
5 Leeds 19 5 31
6 Leicester 19 6 29
7 Brighton 19 1 29
8 Blackpool 19 5 27
9 Reading 19 2 27
10 Hull 18 -1 27
11 Birmingham 16 5 26
12 Crystal Palace 18 1 26
13 Peterborough 19 2 24
14 Burnley 19 0 24
15 Barnsley 18 -1 24
16 Derby 19 -6 24
17 Millwall 19 1 22
18 Watford 19 -9 21
19 Portsmouth 18 -1 20
20 Bristol City 19 -10 20
21 Ipswich 18 -12 20
22 Nott'm Forest 19 -16 20
23 Coventry 19 -13 13
24 Doncaster 19 -18 13

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