We're almost down to sixteen teams in the Capital One Cup or League Cup depending on whether or not you approve of corporate sponsorship in a second-tier cup with a relatively short history. But the good news is that Aston Villa are one of those sixteen teams! After a 1-0 win against Birmingham City in the Second City derby yesterday (more notable for being a win against City than for advancing Villa in the Cup), Villa can expect to face off against a Premier League team in the fourth round.
Is it possible to draw a non-top flight team? Sure, but that would require a fair amount of luck given that eight of the fifteen other clubs are guaranteed to be Premier League, and that number will likely be higher. So the competition looks set to be more stiff, which should come as no surprise.
You can watch the draw live tonight, and all fourth-round matches will be played in the week of October 26th. Here are all of the pertinent details for this evening's event:
What: Capital One Cup/League Cup fourth round draw
When: Wednesday, September 23, after the conclusion of round two ties (approx. 9:50 PM BST)
How to follow: You can watch the draw on Sky Sports or follow along on the Capital One Cup twitter account or Facebook page. The official Aston Villa account will also likely have the news.
- Aston Villa
- Hull City
- Leicester City
- Manchester City
- Stoke City
- Crystal Palace OR Charlton Athletic
- Liverpool OR Carlisle United
- Manchester United OR Ipswich Town
- MK Dons OR Southampton
- Newcastle OR Sheffield Wednesday
- Norwich City OR West Bromwich Albion
- Tottenham OR Arsenal
- Walsall OR Chelsea