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English League Cup: Brendan Rodgers to welcome Swansea City to Anfield

Liverpool to face Swansea after beating West Brom, Manchester United to face Chelsea after Newcastle win, and Olivier Giroud scores his first Arsenal goal in Coventry thrashing.

Brendan Rodgers oversaw Liverpool's 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion, and then was draw against his old club, Swansea City, in the cup.
Brendan Rodgers oversaw Liverpool's 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion, and then was draw against his old club, Swansea City, in the cup.

Brendan Rodgers, the Liverpool manager, is relishing the prospect of welcoming his old club Swansea City to Anfield after the two sides were paired together in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup.

Rodgers has endured a tough start to his Reds career after leaving the Swans in the summer and his new team lie in the Premier League bottom three.

But they showed plenty of fight to come from behind and win 2-1 at West Brom last night to progress in the competition they won last season.

The Swans, now managed by Michael Laudrup, made it into round four by scraping past Crawley on Tuesday night.

"Two special clubs," Rodgers said of the draw on Sky Sports News.

"Of course when you play in the competition any game at home you are happy with, but certainly to play against Swansea which will be two fantastic sets of supporters, two very good football teams and two great clubs, I'm looking forward to that."

The standout tie saw Chelsea drawn at home to Manchester United.

United will travel to Stamford Bridge after seeing off Newcastle 2-1 at Old Trafford last night, while the Blues hammered Wolves 6-0 in the last round.

Manchester City's conquerors Aston Villa were rewarded for knocking out the Premier League champions with a trip to Swindon.

Arsenal, 6-1 winners over Coventry last night, travel to Reading, while north London rivals Tottenham also progressed and are now set for a meeting with Norwich at Carrow Road.

Leeds, who ended Everton's hopes, are at home to Southampton.

There is a north-east derby in store at the Stadium of Light as Sunderland take on Middlesbrough - the teams met in the FA Cup last season.

Wigan will host the lowest-ranked side left in the competition, npower League Two outfit Bradford.

The ties will be played in the week commencing October 29.

The Manchester United win saw Darren Fletcher return to the starting line-up for the first time in 10 months last night and declared himself delighted to be back.

"I have had a few reserve games and a run-out in the Champions League last week but it is good to be back, especially at Old Trafford, and in a winning team as well."

Goals from Anderson and Tom Cleverley were enough to book a place in the last-16, however, Wayne Rooney revealed Cleverley faced flak for missing a golden opportunity before the break when he had been set up by Javier Hernandez.

"The manager wasn't too pleased with Tom because of that miss in the first half," said Rooney.

"But it was a nice goal by him and a great strike by Anderson.

"I am delighted for the two of them, especially Tom because it was his first one."

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted striker Olivier Giroud had a weight lifted from his shoulders when he scored his first goal for the club against Coventry last night.

The summer signing from Montpellier had yet to find the back of the net for the Gunners but opened the scoring in the comfortable 6-1 win.

Giroud later saw a penalty saved but Wenger believes the France international can now build upon his first goal when he next lines up for Arsenal.

He said: "It was in everyone's mind that the sooner he gets it the better, it was certainly more in his mind even more than in our minds. That is positive of course.

"It was a good finish, he is a good finisher Olivier, but at the moment I believe he is looking for confidence and that goal will help him. I expect him to take that into the Premier League."

Second-half goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Andrey Arshavin, Ignasi Miquel and a brace from Theo Walcott meant Arsenal progressed in style.


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