Let’s Hope For A Decent Carling Cup Draw Tomorrow

Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City and Sunderland are all out of the Carling Cup already.

Chris Hughton – Newcastle will be hoping for easier draw this time

And there are a number of non Premier clubs still let in the competition, which is now down to the round of the last 16. Four more wins in the competition by Newcastle and we’ll win our first trophy in 42 years next year in the final at Wembley.

Teams still left in the competition and not in the PL, are Northampton, Burnley, Ipswich, Swansea, Leicester and Brentford, so we’d take any of those 6 teams at home in the next round. Not that the game will be easy either, because these teams have been good enough  to come through to the last 16 teams.

The Premier teams still left in are Manchester United, Arsenal, Birmingham, Stoke, West Ham, Wolves, Wigan, Aston Villa, WBA and the favorites – Newcastle. 😀

The only difficult teams there for the Magpies are Arsenal and Manchester United, but they are no better than Chelsea of course.

But with Newcastle surprisingly still left in the Carling Cup after getting the hardest possible draw at Chelsea in the previous round, then we’ll be very interested in the draw, when it is made at lunchtime tomorrow.

We have to hope a for a decent draw this time – and we may even deserve it,  after getting Chelsea away and still being in the competition.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far


    Sep 24, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #1

    Let’s hope for Man Utd vs Arsenal :)))))))))

  • G

    Sep 24, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #2

    Favourites Newcastle. Lol. Love the optimism Ed. Mentioned earlier, we have been allocated number 9 in the draw… could this be an omen?

  • slazberger

    Sep 24, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #3

    hopefully we’ve earned a home draw against a non premier league team after beating chelsea, shame it doesn’t work like that but here’s hoping

  • ben arfa in toon

    Sep 24, 2010 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #4

    Can you imagine the League cup and top ten in the Prem would be immense. Having two “1st teams” battling for a line up could mean that we could field strong sides until the semi’s before we need to draft in HBA and co.
    Just hope league doesnt suffer

  • Davies

    Sep 24, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #5

    “The Premier teams still left in are Manchester United, Arsenal, Birmingham, Stoke, West Ham, Wolves, Wigan, Aston Villa, WBA and the favorites – Newcastle.

    The only difficult teams there for the Magpies are Arsenal and Manchester United, but they are no better than Chelsea of course.”

    I’ve no idea why people call us deluded. We haven’t beaten WBA in the last 12 months, Villa won’t bend over a second time, Birmingham, Stoke and Wolves are all good sides that could well knock us out. Not sure about West Ham and Wigan this season, but they are both teams who’ve beaten us in the last couple of years.

    The headline of the previous thread was “Let’s Not Get Carried Away After Beating Chelsea “….

    Let’s not eh!

  • G

    Sep 24, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #6

    You are right Davies, we shouldn’t get carried away, but when you look at the draws left, you cant help but think, its only 4 games, and you have to fancy either Manyoo or Arse at this stage, but if we could reach the final, against either of those teams, that would be euro football next season… worth a thought? I also agree with post 4 that the league shouldn’t suffer though, after all, thats one of the things that knacked Pompey last season.

  • rkw

    Sep 24, 2010 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #7

    Can someone tell me how deep you have to go in this cup to earn any cash?
    Or is there any cash to be had at all?

  • austoon

    Sep 24, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #8

    Well the longer you survive the more revenue you get from being televised and stuff, plus sponsor bonuses.

  • slazberger

    Sep 24, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #9

    im not sure rkw, but it probably isn’t much. the northampton chairman was saying beating liverpool was probably worth between 120 and 150k and i think that includes them getting money from the gate as it is shared in cup games due to the fact you could be drawn away in every round

  • ben arfa in toon

    Sep 24, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #10


    Free Sky sports on Sunday for anyone who doesnt have it Howay the lads

  • Toonboy_84

    Sep 24, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #11

    Hopefully Man u get Arsenal in the draw 😉

  • toonboyjake

    Sep 24, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #12

    i personally would love us to get brentford at griffin park, i live 10 minutes from the ground so for me it would be great. i am very optimistic we can go far this year as long as we dont get man u or arsenal until at least the semis

  • Sav

    Sep 24, 2010 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #13

    Presumably even being a finalist against manU or Arsenal would guarentee Euopean involvement, so a decent effort is well worth it and well within our capabilities. And to actually hook a pot would be massive.

  • Davies

    Sep 24, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #14

    Aye, perhaps I’m being a little hard on Ed there G. He provides a valuable service for us after all. Still one of the two best blogs on the web as far as I’m concerned (possibly the best!).

    European footy next season would be nice (but we’d need to add a lot to the squad without letting anyone go), so would a little silverware, but as I said, let’s not get carried away. At present, I’ll still take a 17th place finish. Anything else Hoots can do for us is a bonus.

  • slazberger

    Sep 24, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #15

    does anyone definitely know that getting to the just getting to the final will get you into europe if the other team qualifies for the champions league? i know this is the case for the FA cup but wasn’t sure for the league cup.

    this is more for my own interest rather than thinking about newcastle getting to the final (at the moment anyway) ;D

  • G

    Sep 24, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #16

    Slaz, my understanding was that last seasons beaten finalists were Pompey, who would have qualified for Europe, however, they were still in Administration, which prevents them under the FIFA rules from registering for European competitions, as technically they cannot guaruntee being able to fulfill fixtures.

  • slazberger

    Sep 24, 2010 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #17

    that was the FA cup final G. which i knew runners up got into europe if the are beaten by a team who finish in a champions league spot, but for some reason i have got it in my head that isn’t the case for the league cup

    aston villa were beaten by man u in the league cup but qualified for the europa league based on there league position anyway

  • G

    Sep 24, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #18

    sorry Slaz, my bad. For some reason I had Pompey in the league cup final in my head, but you are right. Yes, unless the FA have changed it during the last season, being a beaten finalist in LC qualifes for Europa League assuming the winners have already qualified for Europe.

  • slazberger

    Sep 24, 2010 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #19

    cheers G

  • dave 1961

    Sep 24, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #20

    Davies @5
    the wife has beaten me a few times lately, but that won’t stop me getting to the league cup final, even if it means nailing the kitchen door shut. with her in it, it’s simple to find solutions when you put your mind to it.

  • G

    Sep 24, 2010 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #21

    dave 1961, get your wife in the midfield against Stoke mate, sounds like she can handle the physical game?

  • baro

    Sep 25, 2010 at 1:53 AM

    Comment #22

    I will take anybody except Arsenal. They seem to have the best bench, with excellent youngsters. Manchester we can beat, as they lack at position sometimes.


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