League Cup preview: Premier League’s big boys in last 16 action


We are down to the last 16 of the Capital One Cup and the next round of games take place on Tuesday and Wednesday to whittle it down to the final eight.

Some of the Premier League’s big boys are on upset alert.

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On Tuesday Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea travel to League Two Shrewsbury Town as a giant-killing of epic proportions would be needed if the Shrews are to down the Premier League leaders at The New Meadow. Stranger things have happened…

Elsewhere, Liverpool host Swansea City at Anfield as Brendan Rodgers welcomes his former side to Merseyside with the Reds hoping for a less eventful match than their last League Cup match which saw them beat Middlesbrough 14-13 on penalty kicks. Expect the likes of Rickie Lambert, Emre Can and Kolo Toure to get a run out for the Reds.

The big upset alert is down on the South Coast, as Championship side Bournmeouth are flying high following their 8-0 win over Birmingham City at the weekend and host PL side WBA at the Goldsands Stadium. Alan Irvine will likely put out a strong lineup to avoid a shock at the hands of lower league opposition. Two League One teams square off at Stadium MK as the MK Dons host Sheffield United, while Fulham host Derby County at Craven Cottage in an all-Championship clash.

On Wednesday there are two all-PL ties as reining League Cup champions Manchester City host Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium and high-flying Southampton travel to Stoke City. The Saints beat Stoke 1-0 at St Mary’s on Saturday in the league, but expect plenty of changes from both teams at the Britannia as a place in the last eight awaits. Tottenham host Brighton on Wednesday, as Mauricio Pochettino’s side need a win to get that feel-good factor back at White Hart Lane after a few shock home defeats to start the season.

Below is the full schedule of games to look forward to over the next few days. You can follow all the scores live via NBC Sports.


Bournemouth vs. West Bromwich Albion – 3:45pm ET
MK Dons vs. Sheffield United – 3:45pm ET
Shrewsbury vs. Chelsea – 3:45pm ET
Fulham vs. Derby County – 4pm ET
Liverpool vs. Swansea City – 4pm ET


Manchester City vs. Newcastle United – 3:45pm ET
Stoke City vs. Southampton – 3:45pm ET
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Brighton & Hove Albion – 3:45pm ET