Capital One (League Cup) 3rd Round Preview

Tags: Football 2016/17 League Cup

Published: 11:39 28/08/2014

The 3rd round of the Capital One Cup will see five all-Premier League ties as the 2nd round giant killers received under-whelming draws.

Burton Albion, Milton Keynes Dons and Leyton Orient all knocked out top-fight opposition in the last round and all face lower league opposition.
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MK Dons, who were stunning 4-0 winners at home to Manchester United in the second round, were they handed another home tie against fellow League One side Bradford City. 

The Bantams, who famously reached the final of the competition in 2013, knocked Yorkshire rivals Leeds United out with a 2-1 win in the last round. 

While Burton Albion's reward for beating Harry Redknapp's QPR was another home tie, this time against Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion. 

The victory over The Hoops was their second upset of the competition after knocking Wigan Athletic out of in the 1st round. 

Sami Hyypia's Brighton, meanwhile, required extra-time to beat Swindon Town in the second-round after a comfortable 2-0 win over Cheltenham in the first round. 

Burton will be confident, however, having picked up two big home wins and I have a feeling their cup journey may last at least one more round. 

League One rivals Leyton Orient and Sheffield United will face each other after the pair knocked both knocked out Premiership opposition in the last round.

Nigel Clough's United, who reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup last season, defeated West Ham 5-4 on penalties while Orient defeated Aston Villa 1-0.

Reigning Premier League and Capital One Cup winners Manchester City entered the draw in the 3rd round, meanwhile, and they face Sheffield Wednesday at the City of Manchester Stadium. 

The Owls have already claimed one top-flight upset, knocking Burnley out of the competition in the last round but this will be an entirely different task. 

Burnley's sole focus this year will be on Premier League survival and it showed with seven changes made from the side that lost to Swansea at the weekend. 

City, however, will view this competition as one of four realistic trophies and a 'weakened' side should still be too strong for Wednesday. 

Stuart Gray's men will head to Manchester without fear, however, and given the number of Premier League exits already you can't rule out another. 

League Two side Shrewsbury Town, meanwhile, ensured all three Premier League new boys crashed out of the cup with a 1-0 at Leicester City. 

City, like Burnley and QPR, will view survival as their only ambition this year and will not be too upset at going out of the competition. 

And Micky Mellon's men will face Championship side Norwich City in the third round after the Canaries defeated Crawley Town 3-1. 

In the other ties Fulham face League One side Doncaster Rovers while Derby County entertain Reading and Cardiff meet Bournemouth in the two all-Championship ties of the round. 

Liverpool, Spurs and Chelsea will all have to overcome Championship opposition, meanwhile, with Middlesbrough travelling to Anfield and Nottingham Forest visiting White Hart Lane. 

While Jose Mourinho's men face Bolton Wanderer's at Stamford Bridge. 

Sunderland, runners-up to City in the competition last year, will entertain Stoke City while Roberto Martinez's Everton travel to his former club, 2013 winners, Swansea City.

And Newcastle United face a long mid-week trip to London as Alan Pardew returns to his former club Crystal Palace. 

Given the Magpies open admission that they do not view the Capital One or FA Cups as priorities you have to fancy Neil Warnock's men to advance.
FA Cup winners Arsenal welcome Ronald Koeman's Southampton to the Emirates, meanwhile, and West Bromwich Albion face Hull City. 

Albion required penalties to knock out League Two side Oxford United in the last round while Hull's European involvement see them enter in the third round.

Looking at the draw, I fancy wins for Burton, Palace and Doncaster with Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest both pushing Spurs and Man City close.

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