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Carling Cup 4th Round Predictions: Liverpool to beat Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester United, Sunderland, Chelsea and Leeds to win

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The Carling Cup is in play today and tomorrow – and while we’ve questioned its importance in the past and ways to increase its value, there’s no doubt that there will be some interesting matches being played today and tomorrow.

Will Tottenham beat Liverpool to maintain a successful defence of their title? Can QPR upset Manchester United at Old Trafford? Will the Arsenal Kids thrash Wigan and score points for pretty football?

Have a look at our predictions for each game and then make your own.

Carling Cup fourth round draw (ties to be played 11th and 12th November 2008):

Sunderland v Blackburn: Sunderland haven’t been in good form lately but this is Keane’s chance to turn things around. Blackburn will be tough to play against but injuries and home advantage will give Sunderland a narrow win.

Arsenal v Wigan: Arsenal are set to play youngsters in this round (expect to see Vela, Wilshire and co but the ‘kids’ are still a handful for most football sides. It’ll be interesting to see how Wigan set out to play at the Emirates but Arsenal are solid bets for a win here.

Chelsea v Burnley: No contest, especially since Chelsea’s second string are worthy of a starting spot in most Premier League sides. Chelsea for the win.

Swansea v Watford: Swansea are doing well (relatively) in the Championship and Watford just did away with Boothroyd. People say Championship games can be unpredictable but it’s hard to see Watford get away with a draw, let alone a win. Swansea through to the next round.

Manchester United v QPR: United will give several of their youngsters a chance to shine (say hello to Possebon, Rafael, Evans, Gibson, Manucho and Welbeck). Their focus may be on the league but after losing out on the Carling Cup in the early rounds for the last couple of seasons, Ferguson will want to make sure they are competing on all fronts in the second half of the season. United to beat manager-less QPR.

Stoke v Rotherham: Stoke will want a cup run to complement their decent league form and a chance to prove that they’re not all about Delap’s throw-ins. The game won’t be easy, but Stoke should win.

Derby v Leeds

Along with Sunderland-Blackburn and Spurs-Liverpool, a tough game to call. Derby have had little luck since relegation and Leeds have had little luck for the last few years, but catching Derby at this stage (and form) is the best chance Leeds will get to get through to the next round. Leeds for the win.

Tottenham v Liverpool: The bookies aren’t expecting a repeat of the 2-1 result from their Premier League game earlier this season and fans shouldn’t either. Liverpool will rest a few players but will go to London to ‘set the record straight’ and Tottenham will be up for what amounts to a title defense. I’m going with Liverpool to win this one and bring some realism to the Harry Redknapp revolution.

You’ve heard your predictions, now it’s time to make yours.

Comments (12)

  1. You write, “I’m going with Liverpool to win this one and bring some realism to the Harry Redknapp revolution”. What is this supposed to mean? Yes Spurs won ugly against Liverpool but the Reds do it all the time! Why don’t they apologise and feel embarrased? They are used to it. COYS!!!

  2. Ah, my point is that Spurs (players, owners and fans) have made Harry into a god, similar to how Juande was made into a god immediately after his arrival. Spurs (and Harry) still have to prove that there’s more to them this season than the euphoria from having a new manager with different methods.

    If change is the only motivation, there’s plenty more work to be done at White Hart Lane.

  3. Nice set of predictions! I’m gonna agree and go with all of these!

  4. Spurs to thrash the ‘Pool 4-1. Pav(2), Bently and Hutton to score for Spurs and Babel for the scousers. COYS!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Well at the end…result matters! You may call Spurs anything…perhaps you should hear what Wenger says! Just enjoy the match…..critics on the result!

  6. Great predictions, Leeds to beat derby 2-0 the 2 B’s to get 1 each

  7. what do you call a tottenham revolution? we had the players and i fully agree with sheringham who said that it was ramos’ lack of english that made spurs look and play bad… but to be honest, with the squad spurs got, we should be able to take on anybody, even the scousers. anyway, cheers from luxembourg. COYS!!!

  8. Spurs Liverpool will be a 1-1 draw. Pool to win on replay. Pool will rotate/change team from Sat, Spurs wont they’ll only drop Deadly Ledley.

  9. Wenger is going to use the young gunners to play against Wigan. I think the boys are capable to defeat Wigan and proof themselves.

  10. No replays in the Carling cup mate, goes to extra time, thats the FA cup your thinking of.

    Can’t believe Torres is gonna feature against Spuds, he may need match fitness but its stupid to play a top player in such a worthless competition. Anyways Torres does average 3 goals a game in the Carling cup so beware spuds!

  11. I think that now Spurs have Harry Houdini Spurs can put a good challenge together to win the Carling Cup in successive years.

  12. Liverpool to win 3-0 and spurs win in the premierleague was just a lucky day for them.

    White Hart Lane = Red Hart Lane