Liverpool left it late to secure their place in the third round of the Capital One Cup as they were forced into extra time against Notts County at Anfield and were even reduced to 10-men through an unfortunate Kolo Toure injury. An injury that quite literally could have been avoided if the Reds had concluded their business in regular time and now sees their transfer situation once again in an interesting mess, but that is another story altogether.
While the focus headed towards the weekend would have been typically news pertaining to Sunday’s Northwest Derby between the two, the third round draw of the Cap One Cup saw the Reds and Red Devils set to face each other again in late September.
Even more interesting is the fact that Luis Suarez should see that as his first eligible match to return to action for Liverpool and is certain to see much more drama and speculation before the match comes to blows.
Elsewhere in the draw Aston Villa will host Tottenham in what is certain to be an entertaining showdown between club’s continuing to build new identities under second year managers.
Aston Villa have built a club of youngsters that they are looking to see blossom over the coming campaigns while Tottenham have completely retooled this summer and are still doing so as the transfer window continues to run until this coming Monday.
Fulham survived a penalty shootout to make their way to the next round and host Everton. The Toffees continue to build their confidence under Roberto Martinez and so far youngster Seamus Coleman and Ross Barkley have been sensational this campaign.
Dimitar Berbatov and Darren Bent look to have the makings of an interesting but effective partnership and should prove great to watch against the Everton defense.
The full run of the draw is as follows:
Manchester United v Liverpool
Sunderland v Peterborough
West Ham v Cardiff
Man City v Wigan
Burnley v Nottingham Forest
Newcastle v Leeds
Southampton v Bristol City
West Brom v Arsenal
Swindon v Chelsea
Tranmere v Stoke
Watford v Norwich
Aston Villa v Tottenham
Hull v Huddersfield
Leicester v Derby
Birmingham v Swansea
Fulham v Everton
All the ties are set to take place on either September 24th or 25th in just under a month.
The Premiership is still represented heavily with only newly promoted Crystal Palace having been knocked out of the competition so far.
Thomas is the Managing Editor of SWOL.co, follow him @socceratz.