Friday, 28 October 2016

EPL Cup Round Four Review

The final 16 teams in the EPL Cup met at the fourth round stage this midweek with the sides knowing a win would see them into the quarter finals.

Tuesday night saw five of the eight ties with Arsenal hosting Championship side Reading at the Emirates. 

The Gunners sealed a spot in the last eight with a 2-0 win over the Royals with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's brace in the 33rd and 78th minutes.

Another battle between a top flight and Championship side saw Hull City visit Bristol City. 

Harry Maguire put the visitors ahead just before half-time with Michael Dawson doubling the lead within two minutes of the restart. The hosts pulled one back through Lee Tomlin but were unable to level as Hull reached the last eight.

An all Championship tie saw Leeds United host Norwich City at Elland Road. An early opener from Alex Pritchard put the Canaries ahead but the hosts managed to draw level just before half time through Marcus Antonsson. 

The sides remained level at 1-1 until the end of the 90 minutes and went to extra time with Norwich leading for a second time through Nelson Oliveira. However, an equaliser from Chris Wood forced penalties with the Leeds securing a spot in the last eight with a 3-2 success. 

The televised action saw Liverpool host Tottenham with both sides making mass changes from the weekend. An early opener from Daniel Sturridge saw the Reds lead inside nine minutes before he struck again just after the hour mark for 2-0. Tottenham set up a tense finish with a penalty from Vincent Janssen but were unable to deny the hosts from securing a spot in last eight.

An all Championship battle saw Newcastle United host Preston North End at St James' Park. Aleksandar Mitrovic put the Magpies ahead on 19 minutes with the visitors suffering a further blow with the dismissal of Alan Browne on 25 minutes.

Mo Diame doubled the lead before the interval with a Matt Richie penalty and second trike from Mitrovic making it 4-0 on 55 minutes. The gloss on a fine performance came with two late goals as Diame struck his second before Ayoze Perez complete a 6-0 rout.

Wednesday night saw the remaining three ties- Southampton hosting Sunderland. The Saints secured a place in the last eight via a first goal for the club for summer signing Sofiane Boufal.

A London derby at London Stadium as West Ham hosted Chelsea. Both sides made changes from the weekend but it was the Hammers who started the better as Cheikou Kouyate fired them ahead inside 12 minutes.

Edmilson Fernandes doubled the lead for the hosts just after half time and for the Blues just a small consolation on the night as Gary Cahill struck late on for 2-1.

The final tie of the round saw another derby, the Manchester derby as United hosted City at Old Trafford. The fierce rivals were to be separated by just a single goal as Juan Mata struck a 54th minute winner for a 1-0 success.

The draw for the quarter finals saw the following pairings...

Liverpool v Leeds United
Manchester United v West Ham United
Hull City v Newcastle United
Arsenal v Southampton.