LIVE: Follow the Capital One Cup quarter-finals and Premier League drama as it unfolds
19:50 GMT, 11 December 2012
Follow Sportsmail's coverage of Tuesday night's action that includes two Capital One Cup quarter-final ties and a bottom of the table clash in the Premier League. League Two side Bradford will hope to cause a shock when they host Arsenal while the other last eight tie sees Norwich host Aston Villa.
In the Premier League, two of the bottom three sides collide when Sunderland host Reading with the Black Cats aiming for three points to climb the table into 15th. Send me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.
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Sunderland 1-0 Reading
Capital One Cup quarter-finals
Bradford 0-0 Arsenal
Norwich 0-0 Aston Villa
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19.51: GOAL! SUNDERLAND 1-0 Reading
19.48: Norwich so close to taking the lead! I'm not too sure if Steve Morison is attempting a shot or a cross but either way he beats Shay Given only to see his effort come back off the post.
19.46: We are underway in all three games.
19.44: From Sportsmail's Laurie Whitwell:
Is Darren Bent starting a sign that Paul Lambert is playing his strongest side or giving some of the reserves a run out
19.42: The teams are out at all three grounds.
4 – Aston Villa have faced Norwich City in four previous League Cup ties, progressing on all four occasions. Pedigree.
19.39: From Sportsmail's Colin Young:
'Sunderland owner Ellis Short relaxing with the press in media suite. Fairly strong exchange of views for those suggesting O'Neill under pressure.'
19.36: Just before kick-off I have one more handy piece of reading for you and it comes from our Football League expert, Joe Ridge who has compiled 10 reasons why we love Bradford City.
19.33: From Sportsmail's John Edwards:
'They've got a sense of humour in these parts, at least. Reading the teams out by the side of the pitch, the pa announcer declared, with the broadest of Bradford accents, 'now the Arsenal team. You won't be familiar with these names. Probably never heard of most of them.'
'It's a strong Arsenal starting line-up, all right, and a strong bench, but will they fancy it in these Arctic conditions The temperature is hovering around freezing point, and there's no undersoil heating.
'A night for hardy souls. Perhaps it's as well they sold Samir Nasri to Manchester City, after all…'
19.30: So did we expect Sunderland to be struggling near the bottom of the Premier League at this stage of the season
With Martin O'Neill as manager I certainly didn't but the pressure is on the former Aston Villa boss to start delivering results.
Should he stay or should he go Click here to find out what Sportsmail's Colin Young thinks in his excellent Northern Exposure column.
19.27: From Sportsmail's John Edwards at the Coral Windows Stadium:
Arsene Wenger clearly means business. It’s freezing here at Bradford’s Coral Windows Stadium, and the pitch looks rock hard, but Wenger clearly expect his Arsenal team to relish the task of booking themselves a place in the Capital One Cup semi-final, judging by his team selection.
Bradford v Arsenal
Bradford: Duke, Darby, McHugh, McArdle, Meredith, Thompson, Doyle, Gary Jones, Atkinson, Hanson, Wells. Subs: McLaughlin, Ravenhill, Ritchie Jones, Connell, Hines, Turgott, Good.
Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Cazorla, Ramsey, Wilshere, Podolski, Coquelin, Gervinho. Subs: Mannone, Rosicky, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Squillaci, Jenkinson, Chamakh.
Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)
Back in business: Steven Fletcher has regained fitness to lead Sunderland's attack against Reading
19.24: Leading scorer Steven Fletcher hands Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill a major boost by returning to the starting line-up for tonight's crucial Barclays Premier League clash with Reading.
The Scotland international has missed the two previous games with an ankle problem, but runs out among a team which features just one more change, with Jack Colback joining him in the starting XI and Connor Wickham and Phil Bardsley making way.
Royals manager Brian McDermott makes three changes as Alex Pearce, Garath McCleary and Noel Hunt come in for Sean Morrison, Jason Roberts and Hal Robson-Kanu.
19.21: Full line-ups from the Stadium of Light for the battle at the bottom of the Premier League table:
Sunderland v Reading
Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, O'Shea, Cuellar, Colback, Johnson, Rose, Larsson, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher. Subs: Westwood, Bardsley, Campbell, Wickham, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Bramble.
Reading: Federici, Cummings, Pearce, Mariappa, Shorey, McCleary, Tabb, Leigertwood, McAnuff, Hunt, Le Fondre. Subs: Taylor, Gunter, Gorkss, Harte, Gunnarsson, Obita, Samuel.
Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)
19.18: Darren Bent starts for Aston Villa in a Capital One Cup quarter-final meeting at Carrow Road.
Bent, who has not started for Villa since a fourth-round victory over Swindon in October, partners Christian Benteke in attack, with Shay Given preferred to Brad Guzan in goal.
Lambert also hands starts to midfielders Fabian Delph and Karim El Ahmadi.
Norwich manager Chris Hughton makes three changes to the team that beat Swansea 4-3 on Saturday, with Leon Barnett, Marc Tierney and Steve Morison replacing Steven Whittaker, Javier Garrido and Wes Hoolahan.
19.15: Full line-ups from Carrow Road where Paul Lambert returns to Norwich for the first time since leaving the club for Villa Park earlier this year:
Norwich v Aston Villa
Norwich: Bunn, Martin, Barnett, Bassong, Tierney, Snodgrass, Howson, Johnson, Pilkington, Holt, Morison. Subs: Rudd, Turner, Jackson, Fox, Elliott Bennett, Garrido, Francomb.
Aston Villa: Given, Clark, Herd, Baker, Lowton, El Ahmadi, Delph, Holman, Lichaj, Benteke, Bent. Subs: Guzan, N'Zogbia, Agbonlahor, Albrighton, Bannan, Weimann, Williams.
Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)
Gunning for the semi-finals: Santi Cazorla (second right) starts in a strong Arsenal team at Bradford
19.12: From OptaJoe:
10 – Arsenal have made it to the quarter-final of the League Cup for the 10th year in a row, the longest ever run in the competition. Depth.
19.09: Speaking of Cazorla's diving, there was a much worse offender at the weekend…no, really there was.
Check out Leonardo Bonucci's terrible attempt at simulation for Juventus at Palermo on Sunday. It's certainly one of the worst dives I have ever seen.
19.06: 'Wonder when was the last time Arsenal fielded such a strong team in this competition. #CapitalOneCup'
It's a good point. Sign of desperation from Arsenal to win a trophy or a sudden realisation that this cup is worth winning
Either way I'm all for it. The big question is of course can Santi Cazorla still produce the goods on a cold Tuesday night in Bradford (and no I don't mean the diving.)
19.03: What a game this is for Bradford who are finally back under the spotlight again.
The Bantams have sadly dropped like a stone in the football pyramid since relegation from the Premier League 11 years ago.
But despite Arsenal's strong side, the League Two outfit will surely be up for this one to make it a closer contest on the pitch than it is on paper.
19.00: Bradford starting XI:
Duke, Darby, Meredith, Hanson, Thompson, Atkinson, McHugh, G.Jones, Wells, McArdle, Doyle
18.59: Norwich starting XI:
Bunn, R. Martin, Bassong, Barnett, Tierney, Pilkington, Johnson, Howson, Snodgrass, Holt, Morison
Frozen out: Darren Bent had recently lost his place in the Aston Villa team
18.57: Aston Villa starting XI:
Given, Clark, El Ahmadi, Bent, Holman, Delph, Benteke, Lichaj, Herd, Baker, Lowton.
18.55: Arsenal starting XI:
Szczesny, Sagna, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Wilshere, Coquelin, Ramsey, Cazorla, Podolski, Gervinho.
18.53: Sunderland starting XI:
Mignolet, Rose, Larsson, Gardner, Colback, O'Shea, Johnson, McClean, Cuellar, Fletcher, Sessegnon.
18.51: Reading starting XI:
Federici, Shorey, Cummings, Pearce, Mariappa, Leigertwood, Tabb, McAnuff, McCleary, Hunt, Le Fondre.
18.48: It's not just cup action we have lined up either. You may remember back in the very early stages of the season that Sunderland's Premier League home game with Reading was abandoned due to a ridiculous amount of rain making the pitch unplayable.
This evening they try again and my goodness does it seem an awful lot more important now.
A win for Sunderland and they climb out of the bottom three. Reading meanwhile need three points just to keep Premier League safety on the horizon. Defeat for the Royals and they stay six points away from it.
18.45: We are done with European football until early next year but luckily for us the domestic cups are still around to help fill the midweek void.
And those of you that remember the last round of the Capital One Cup will recall that we had goals, drama, goals and upsets. Did I mention we had goals too
With two quarter-final ties this evening it certainly isn't going to be a quiet evening in the League Cup.
Back to winning ways: Arsenal go into their quarter-final fresh off beating West Brom in the Premier League