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Summary

  1. Liverpool through after late comeback
  2. Chelsea need late OG to beat Shrewsbury
  3. Championship Bournemouth beat West Brom
  4. Derby come from behind to beat Fulham 5-2
  5. Sheffield Utd strike late to stun MK Dons

Live Reporting

By Marc Higginson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    So, Bournemouth, Sheffield United, Chelsea, Derby and Liverpool are all into the hat for the next round. We have three places remaining and they will be decided tomorrow. Manchester City host Newcastle, Southampton head to Stoke and Tottenham welcome Brighton to the Lane. Plenty to look forward to, then.

    Thanks for your company tonight - it's always a pleasure. Night.

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    Simon Hancock: Another awful refereeing decision against Swansea. Not even a foul, never mind a red card. Looking at the replays, Fernandez kicks the ball with his instep while the Liverpool player has his studs up.

  3. Manager reaction

    Bournemouth 2-1 West Brom

    Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe on BBC Radio 5 live: "We are going to enjoy these moments. It's my job to keep everyone's feet on the ground and make these days a regular occurrence. A couple of bad results and things can change quickly, we'll just keep our focus where it needs to be."

    Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe
  4. Post update

    Shrewsbury 1-2 Chelsea

    I wonder what was said when Micky met Jose. Didn't Mourinho once hand over a scouting dossier he had done on a lower league side after an FA Cup tie? I think it was to the then Scunthorpe manager, if memory serves me right.

  5. Manager reaction

    Shrewsbury 1-2 Chelsea

    Shrewsbury manager Micky Mellon BBC Radio 5 live: "The lads are disappointed. And that's an unbelievable moment to have considering we are playing against Chelsea.

    "I could see it going to extra time because they couldn't break us down. We were relatively comfortable, holding a bit of a threat on the counter attack. To lose the goal we did was a bit disappointing. I had a good chat with Jose Mourinho, he's a top man and a gentlemen."

  6. Manager reaction

    Shrewsbury 1-2 Chelsea

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on BBC Radio 5 live: "I don't say relieved with the result. I am happy with my players' approach. You're playing a World Cup final, because that is what it is for Shrewsbury. Guys like Didier Drogba and Oscar show great professionalism. My team were an example of that.

    "We knew that they were a good team. Shrewsbury's results were not occasional and they showed that against us. I think the referee was very good for them, in the sense he let them play the way they wanted to play pushing and pulling people, using their strength. For me they did very well. "

  7. Post update

    Have a guess how many followers One Direction's Niall Horan has on Twitter? 20.2 million. Staggering.

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    Fulham 2-5 Derby

    One Direction's Niall Horan: Congrats lads! Was great to be there and witness that performance especially 2nd half ! I mean 5 goals in 20 odd mins! Wow.

  9. Post update

    Is this one of the best weeks in Bournemouth's history? First they go and put eight past Birmingham, then they reach unchartered territory in the League Cup by knocking out a Premier League side. A club on the march.

  10. Player reaction

    Bournemouth 2-1 West Brom

    Bournemouth's Callum Wilson on BBC Radio 5 live after his winning goal: "We've made history, and it shows we have a great squad here. The manager made changes for this game, but whoever comes in and has done well and continues that high level. We showed great spirit to get back in the game and then go on and win it."

    Callum Wilson scores for Bournemouth
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    Ned: Feel sorry for Jermaine Grandison tonight. Shrewsbury were brilliant, better than most Championship teams.

    Mike: Proud of the Town tonight. We gave Chelsea a game and can't ask for anything more from our players.

    Andrew: The 'Special One'? More like the 'Fortunate One' tonight. Shrewsbury Town fought Chelsea hard, and only for the unquestionable quality of Didier Drogba and without the impact of Champions League-class substitutes in Willian and Matic, the result could have been different.

  12. Manager reaction

    MK Dons 1-2 Sheffield United

    Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough on BBC Radio 5 live: "It was a thrilling way to win a League Cup tie. We fought back well late on and hopefully this can give us momentum in the league. To get through to this stage as a League One club is a great achievement. It's great for the competition."

  13. Post update

    Bournemouth 2-1 West Brom

    Bournemouth 2-1 West Brom

    Another decent stat for you is that Eddie Howe - now Bournemouth's manager - scored the winner when the Cherries last beat West Brom in a cup competition, back in 1999.

  14. Manager reaction

    Bournemouth 2-1 West Brom

    West Brom manager Alan Irvine: "I made the players aware of the quality of Bournemouth and how difficult it would be to come here, so there were no surprises. We needed to be better than we were. We conceded two poor goals.

    "Whilst we were always in the game, we didn't use the ball as well as we could have used it. We just needed to be better."

    West Brom manager Alan Irvine
  15. FULL-TIME

    Shrewsbury 1-2 Chelsea

    Phil Brown

    BBC 5 live pundit at the Greenhous Meadow

    "Micky Mellon is a positive guy and now he's got to get back to the bread and butter of League Two and a trip to Dagenham on Saturday. Chelsea needed some of their big players to get through, and Micky can be proud of that. They are a strong team, but tonight they showed they can play and pass the ball as well."

    Micky Mellon and Jose Mourinho
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    Liverpool 2-1 Swansea City

    A Karim: Could this be the turning point of Liverpool's season? Let's hope so.

    Paul Walmsley: How many times this season will Liverpool score late goals? We don't do easy!

    Paul Mackie: If you could pick two players who needed a boost it was Dejan Lovren and Mario Balotelli

  17. Manager reaction

    Bournemouth 2-1 West Brom

    Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe: "I thought the lads were excellent. The guys that came in, it's never easy but they were superb and I'm delighted for the fans and the club, we are in unchartered territory.

    "The last two years have been so successful that we have a good mentality in the dressing room. It showed again because when we conceded we went up the other end to score again quickly.

    "They are a good side and you feared they may get a chance. The strength of character to score again really pleased me. The players are hard working and they deserve it.

    "The goal was unfortunate, we had so many good performance individually, that's what pleased me the most and collectively it was a really good team performance.

    "We have not been in this position before so we want to enjoy this experience. It takes some believing really."

  18. Manager reaction

    Shrewsbury 1-2 Chelsea

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on Sky Sports: "We knew that, we knew before [it was going to be difficult].

    "I think I had on my four players that played on Sunday and they were an unbelievable example for others. They were absolutely brilliant. When you have Petr Cech and Jon Mikel Obi not playing regularly, they come here and give great example of professionalism.

    "I wasn't expecting anything but a difficult match. The game was going to be difficult. I was ready for extra-time."

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
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    Ross Gordon: No shock that Mario Balotelli scores with Fabio Borini on the pitch. Has to have a strike partner. More to come if they play together.

    Joel McCroy Oblates: I said it earlier before the match and i am going to say it again, please dear Brendan Rodgers give Borini more game time please.

    Jon Tattz: Why occasionally him?

  20. FULL-TIME

    Liverpool 2-1 Swansea City

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "It wasn't a vintage performance for Liverpool, but there is a great chance for them to go on now and get to Wembley. Swansea were quite comfortable until Mario Balotelli came on and he came on made the difference."

    Mario Balotelli celebrates for Liverpool
  21. FULL-TIME

    Liverpool 2-1 Swansea City

    Anfield is rocking to the rhythm of celebration. From nowhere, their side has rallied to book their place in the last eight. Good old Mario. Good old Dejan.

    Dejan Lovren celebrates for Liverpool
  22. FULL-TIME

    Fulham 2-5 Derby

    Another torrid night for Fulham. Derby are into the next round.

    Fulham keeper Gabor Kiraly
  23. GOAL

    Liverpool 2-1 Swansea City - Dejan Lovren (90+4 mins)

    It's moments like this when supporters think their club's name is on the cup. Liverpool score in the fourth minute of injury time when Philippe Coutinho floats a free-kick to the back stick where Dejan Lovren leaps to head home. Two of Liverpool's most derided summer signings have bailed them out.

    Dejan Lovren scores the winner for Liverpool
  24. RED CARD

    Liverpool 1-1 Swansea City

    Swansea's Federico Fernandez is shown red for a late challenge on Philippe Coutinho. Late drama at Anfield. Liverpool are awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box which is wasted by Mario Balotelli.

  25. INJURY TIME

    Liverpool 1-1 Swansea City

    Five minutes of injury time to be added on. Swansea attacking as the board goes up.

  26. Post update

    Liverpool 1-1 Swansea City

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "You have to give credit to Mario Balotelli here, he's come on and got himself immediately into the game."

    Mario Balotelli celebrates for Liverpool
  27. Post update

    Liverpool 1-1 Swansea City

    The 90 minutes are up at Anfield. Are we heading for extra-time?

  28. Post update

    Liverpool 1-1 Swansea City

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "What a ball from Fabio Borini, he got it into a really dangerous area and put in there. Mario Balotelli then showed great movement and produced a wonderful finish."

  29. Player reaction

    Shrewsbury 1-2 Chelsea

    Chelsea goalscorer Didier Drogba on Sky Sports: "I think you saw it was a difficult pitch and difficult weather. They were a fantastic team and opponent - they showed why they deserve to be here tonight. They created a difficult game for us.

    "It's difficult for players who haven't played a lot and those who played on Sunday [against Manchester United]. With our experience we won the game. I don't need a armband to push the team [referring to his captaincy on the night]."

    Didier Drogba celebrates for Chelsea
  30. GOAL

    Liverpool 1-1 Swansea City - Mario Balotelli (86 mins)

    Can you believe it? Well, yes, you can. Substitute Mario Balotelli grabs Liverpool's equaliser. The Italian shows great movement to get a yard on the Swansea defence and guide past Gerhard Tremmel. Extra-time awaits....

    Mario Balotelli scores for Liverpool
  31. FULL-TIME

    Bournemouth 2-1 West Brom

    The Cherries march on.

  32. FULL-TIME

    Shrewsbury 1-2 Chelsea

    Phil Brown

    BBC 5 live pundit at the Greenhous Meadow

    "Shrewsbury's players weren't running around at full-time trying to get a Chelsea shirt as a trophy. That sums up what they were all about tonight."

  33. FULL-TIME

    MK Dons 1-2 Sheffield United

    BBC Sport's Chris Osborne at Stadium MK: "Michael Higdon the hero. A last-gasp, dramatic hero. The former Crewe man collects Jamie Murphy's corner at the back post and rifles in to complete the turnaround. A stunning end to a game that was as flat as a pancake for so long. The Blades are into the quarters for the first time since 2003."

  34. FULL-TIME

    Shrewsbury 1-2 Chelsea

    Phil Brown

    BBC 5 live pundit at the Greenhous Meadow

    "Micky Mellon's reputation will have been massively enhanced by this performance. The game was always about respect and Jose Mourinho and Didier Drogba knew they had to show Shrewsbury plenty of that."

    Shrewsbury manager Micky Mellon
  35. GOAL

    MK Dons 1-2 Sheffield United - Michael Higdon (90+3 min)

    Has MK Dons' wonderful League Cup adventure come to an abrupt end? Michael Higdon scores his second late goal of the night to rifle home a low shot from an acute angle. Sheffield United love the cup competitions, don't they?

  36. FULL-TIME

    Shrewsbury 1-2 Chelsea

    Shrewsbury played their part, but Chelsea are into the last eight.

  37. SUBSTITUTION

    Liverpool 0-1 Swansea City

    Here's Mario. Liverpool have lacked threat in the final third and boss Brendan Rodgers decides it is time for the much-maligned Balotelli to be introduced. The Italy striker replaces Rickie Lambert, who is still waiting for his first Reds goal.

    Time for Mario to deliver? Only 13 minutes remain.

  38. Post update

    Shrewsbury 1-2 Chelsea

    Phil Brown

    BBC 5 live pundit at the Greenhous Meadow

    "Shrewsbury and Micky Mellon will take a lot of plaudits even if they don't come away with anything from the game. Jose Mourinho has shown them a lot of respect which shows they can be proud of their efforts tonight."

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    Ben in Cobham: Very disappointing from Liverpool tonight. With Luis Suarez gone this competition is their best chance of silverware and they look to have thrown it away.

    Warren in Cheltenham: Liverpool's problem is they have eight midfield players who won't score 10 goals between them all season! They just cannot score goals even given good chances. Steven Gerrard falls into this as well unfortunately. He has had chances this season he would have scored a few years ago. The strikers are working out wide and not getting on the end of anything.

    Geoff in Somerset: Of course Liverpool aren't good enough. Nor are any of the 24 players Rodgers has bought bar Daniel Sturridge. Which is an appalling transfer record.

  40. Post update

    Shrewsbury 1-2 Chelsea

    BBC Sport's Ged Scott at Greenhaus Meadow: "In their 11th home game of the season, it's still only the fifth goal Shrewsbury have conceded at the Meadow, as Chelsea become the first away team to score twice against Micky Mellon's men."

  41. Post update

    MK Dons 1-1 Sheffield United

    BBC Sport's Chris Osborne at Stadium MK: "Time to bunker down for a long night. Michael Higdon puts the 1,500 travelling Blades fans in a better mood. It was almost short lived though, as Dele Alli rattled the post at the other end. After being a slumber party for 70 minutes, this is now a little livelier.

  42. GOAL

    MK Dons 1-1 Sheffield United - Michael Higdon (87 mins)

    United have saved themselves late in the game at MK Dons. Michael Higdon rises to meet Robert Harris' cross and makes no mistake with his header to bring his side level. Looks like extra-time is on the cards.

  43. GOAL

    Bournemouth 2-1 West Brom - Callum Wilson (87 mins)

    Unbelievable. Just seconds after West Brom draw level, Bournemouth pour up the other end. Callum Wilson gets in behind down the right and the keeper gets a hand to his powerful shot but it has enough legs on it to cross the line.

    Callum Wilson scores for Bournemouth
  44. GOAL

    Bournemouth 1-1 West Brom - Tommy Elphick own goal (85 mins)

    West Brom draw level - the keeper hitting it long and Georgios Samaras's angled shot is deflected past his own keeper by Tommy Elphick.

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    Binaya Basyal: Chelsea's subs against Shrewsbury in a fourth round against Shrewsbury - Willian and Nemanja Matic. Shows how difficult it's been tonight for the Premier League leaders.

  46. Post update

    Shrewsbury 1-2 Chelsea

    Just five minutes to go in Shropshire now. Micky Mellon is geeing up his players on the touchline. Is there one last twist?

  47. SUBSTITUTION

    Liverpool 0-1 Swansea City

    Here comes the Liverpool onslaught. Glen Johnson prods goalwards but is denied by Swansea keeper Gerhard Tremmel before Neil Taylor swoops in to lash clear the danger.

    Substitute time for the home side - but it's not Mario Balotelli. Adam Lallana sprints on in place of Lazar Markovic.

  48. Post update

    Shrewsbury 1-2 Chelsea

    Phil Brown

    BBC 5 live pundit at the Greenhous Meadow

    "Surely Didier Drogba has done enough to earn himself a break now?!"

    Didier Drogba shoots for Chelsea
  49. Post update

    Shrewsbury 1-2 Chelsea

    Phil Brown

    BBC 5 live pundit at the Greenhous Meadow

    "A brilliant cross from Willian, it's a vicious ball, and Didier Drogba caused loads of problems in there even though he didn't get the final touch. Absolutely devastating for Shrewsbury."

  50. GOAL

    Shrewsbury 1-2 Chelsea - Jermaine Grandison own goal (81 mins)

    Maybe Jose will be home on time after all. Willian swings in a delightful cross from the left and, with Didier Drogba breathing down his neck, Jermaine Grandison turns past his own keeper. The Shrews look crestfallen.

    Jermaine Grandison puts it into his own goal
  51. Post update

    Shrewsbury 1-1 Chelsea

    BBC Sport's Ged Scott at Greenhaus Meadow: "Inspired substitution at the Meadow. The man whose goal knocked out Premier League side Leicester in round two strikes again!

  52. GOAL

    Fulham 2-5 Derby - Simon Dawkins (65 mins)

    Five goals in 20 minutes for Derby, who have rallied from 2-0 down. This time Simon Dawkins flicks home Jonny Russell's cross at the near post.

  53. Post update

    Shrewsbury 1-1 Chelsea

    Phil Brown

    BBC 5 live pundit at the Greenhous Meadow

    "Micky Mellon's played his trump card here! Andy Mangan's a predatory striker and he's just stuck it away. What a finish to the game we have got here now!"

  54. GOAL

    Fulham 2-4 Derby - Jeff Hendrick (62 mins)

    Unbelievable stuff at Craven Cottage. After trailing 2-0, Derby now lead 4-2! It is Jeff Hendrick with an emphatic close-range finish after the home side had failed to clear Craig Forsyth's low cross from the left.

  55. GOAL

    Liverpool 0-1 Swansea City - Marvin Emnes (65 mins)

    Silence at Anfield. Apart from a pocket of away fans who are going wild. Marvin Emnes brilliantly hooks a volley into the far corner to put Swansea ahead.

    Marvin Emnes celebrates for Swansea
  56. GOAL

    Shrewsbury 1-1 Chelsea - Andy Mangan (77 mins)

    They've only gone and done it. Shrewsbury draw level with the Premier League leaders courtesy of Andy Mangan who has only been on the field for a matter of seconds. A corner is met powerfully by Jermaine Grandison and, with John Obi Mikel struggling to clear, Mangan stabs home from six yards out.

    Jose, ring the wife and tell her you will be late home. This tie could be going to extra-time and penalties.

    Andrew Mangan scores for Shrewsbury
  57. Post update

    Liverpool 0-0 Swansea City

    Set pieces have looked Swansea's best chance of nabbing a goal and they threaten again from a corner. French striker Bafetimbi Gomis leaps highest to meet Jonjo Shelvey's set-piece but it is straight at Reds keeper Brad Jones.

    Still we wait for the opener in the only goalless League Cup tie of the evening left.

  58. SUBSTITUTION

    Bournemouth 1-0 West Brom

    Saido Berahino is on for Sebastian Blanco. West Brom look worried, they're on their way out as it stands.

  59. Post update

    MK Dons 1-0 Sheffield United

    BBC Sport's Chris Osborne at Stadium MK: "There's life in this game after a slow first half. Benik Afobe's penalty sees him extend his tally at the top of the League Cup scoring charts to six for the competition. It looked an easy spot-kick to give, with Craig Alcock tripping Dele Alli just inside the area."

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    Mo in Manchester: What do people not understand? Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert are not good enough. Can you see either one playing against Europe's elite. Yes Balotelli isn't scoring, but that can be partly due to the vast pressure put on him and the fact none of the team are playing well. Yes we need anther striker and the manger's the only one to blame for that. But when Daniel Sturridge is back, Balotelli will find his form.

    Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli
  61. Post update

    Shrewsbury 0-1 Chelsea

    BBC Sport's Ged Scott: "Shrewsbury's record capacity Greenhous Meadow crowd - over double this season's home average - has sparked some ironic banter between the two noisy sets of fans, prompted by the Chelsea fans' taunt of "You're here for the first time". Amusing but unprintable response from the Shropshire contingent."

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    Mitch Mansfield: Shrewsbury more comfortable on the ball than many Premier League teams this season. Doing League Two proud, never mind themselves.

  63. GOAL

    Fulham 2-3 Derby - Simon Dawkins (54 mins)

    Derby's comeback from 2-0 down is complete in fine style - Simon Dawkins cutting in from the left and curling a sumptuous shot into the top corner. Goal of the night.

  64. GOAL

    MK Dons 1-0 Sheffield United - Benik Afobe (67 mins)

    The competition's leading scorer is at it again - Benik Afobe dispatching his spot-kick with aplomb after Delle Alli had been brought down by Craig Alcock.

  65. SUBSTITUTION

    Shrewsbury 0-1 Chelsea

    Shrewsbury mix things up and send on winger Jordan Clark in place of Bobby Grant. The ex-Barnsley forward has 23 minutes to make an impact.

  66. Post update

    Liverpool 0-0 Swansea City

    The Anfield Kop is cranking up the volume as their heroes press for the opener. Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho fires into the midriff of Swans keeper Gerhard Tremmel in the first opening of the second half.

  67. GOAL

    Fulham 2-2 Derby - Johnny Russell (47 mins)

    An inspired fightback from Derby who have fought back from two goals down. Simon Dawkins gets to the whitewash and pulls the ball back for Johnny Russell to gleefully smash home.

    John Russell equalises for Derby
  68. Post update

    Shrewsbury 0-1 Chelsea

    Do you know when you play 5-a-side and there's one player who is just head and shoulders above everyone else? Smashing in shots left, right and centre. That man is Didier Drogba tonight. He blasts another effort at the Shrewsbury goal which is too hot for Jayson Leutwiler to handle but the danger is cleared.

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    Andy: Rickie Lambert is fluffing his lines tonight, he has a real chance to lay down a marker tonight and stake a claim for a starting place. Mario Balotelli isn't setting the world alight, so Lambert could put himself firmly in the frame with a good performance. He needs a big second half.

  70. KICK-OFF

    Liverpool 0-0 Swansea City

    No Mario and no Wilfried. Both teams as you were as Swansea kick off the second half.

  71. PENALTY APPEAL

    Bournemouth 1-0 West Brom

    A massive penalty shout for West Brom is waved away and manager Alan Irvine looks perplexed on the touchline. A cut-back from Brown Ideye prompts Bournemouth central defender Tommy Elphick to slip and his momentum is stopped as he falls on the ball with his hand making clear contact.

    It looks unfortunate but clear-cut.

  72. Post update

    Liverpool 0-0 Swansea City

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Anfield

    "Liverpool dominated possession in the first half but a lot of that was played in front of Swansea. That big opportunity for Lazar Markovic, where he sliced wide, was the biggest chance of the game.

    "But Swansea came back into it, created a few problems, but they need to see a bit more from Dyer, Montero and Gomis - certainly on the counter attack.

    "Bony could be an option for Swansea, but they saw this as an opportunity to give him a rest. As for Balotelli coming on, I'm not too sure. Lambert has had very little impact. I'd like to see Lambert play between centre halves a little bit more."

  73. Post update

    MK Dons 0-0 Sheffield United

    Sheffield United should be in front at Stadium MK. Marc McNulty's cross from the right drops perfectly for Stefan Scougall, who is unmarked in the box, but he misjudges his header and puts it over the bar.

    Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough
  74. Post update

    Shrewsbury 0-1 Chelsea

    Phil Brown

    BBC 5 live pundit at the Greenhous Meadow

    "Micky Mellon has head in his hands. He must have thought from his angle it was in. Shrewsbury are not giving this up without a fight. The attitude of the players is fantastic and Micky will be so proud of them."

  75. HITS THE WOODWORK

    Shrewsbury 0-1 Chelsea

    Shrewsbury are still battling and they almost level matters - Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro's shot taking a wicked deflection and smashing into the post with Petr Cech wrong-footed.

    Shrewsbury striker Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro hits the woodwork
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    Rian Hoskins: Didier Drogba is back up to the pace of English football and is now on great form. Considering he is 36 it shows his natural ability.

    Harry Pannell: Three goals in three games. Is Drogba really past his best yet?

    Mark Hill: Drogba again? Is he really 36?

  77. CLOSE!

    Shrewsbury 0-1 Chelsea

    Andre Schurrle almost doubles Chelsea's lead with a rasping shot which goes just over the bar. Incidentally, before the visitors took the lead, a cheeky Shrewsbury steward was caught on camera asking for John Terry's autograph. He got it.

  78. Post update

    Shrewsbury 0-1 Chelsea

    BBC Sport's Ged Scott at Greenhous Meadow: "You always got he impression that Chelsea were toying with the Town - and just three minutes into the second half they have their breakthrough as a neat slick exchange involving Salah opens the door for Drogba to run on and fire home left-footed to the right of Jayson Leutwiler. Are the floodgates now going to open?

  79. HALF-TIME

    Liverpool 0-0 Swansea City

    It was a long, long night at Anfield last month when Liverpool and Middlesbrough needed 30 penalty kicks to separate them in the third round. And at this rate, with Liverpool misfiring, it could be another late one. Don't let the kids go to bed yet.

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers
  80. Post update

    Shrewsbury 0-1 Chelsea

    Phil Brown

    BBC 5 live pundit at the Greenhous Meadow

    "It just shows you how much it means to Didier Drogba with his celebration. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will have told his players to wait for those moments and when they come along take them. And that's exactly what Drogba has done."

  81. GOAL

    Bournemouth 1-0 West Brom - Eunan O'Kane (49 mins)

    Powerful dribbling has been a feature of Bournemouth's play this evening and a strong Junior Stanislas run sees the former West Ham man feed Eunan O'Kane who bursts onto the ball to finish low across goal with his second touch.

    It is free-flowing stuff ending with a cool finish by the 24-year-old. Could Bournemouth be heading into the last eight for the first time in their history?

    Eunan O'Kane celebrates his goal for Bournemouth
  82. GOAL

    Shrewsbury 0-1 Chelsea - Didier Drogba (49 mins)

    You can't keep a good Drog down for long. Chelsea finally show their class when Andre Schurrle drives down the right and picks out Mo Salah who expertly tees up Didier Drogba to rifle home from the edge of the area.

    Didier Drogba celebrates scoring for Chelsea
  83. KICK-OFF

    Shrewsbury 0-0 Chelsea

    Has Jose been throwing the tea-cups round at half-time? Time to see if Chelsea have a bit more about them in the second half.

  84. HALF-TIME

    Fulham 2-1 Derby

  85. GOAL

    Fulham 2-1 Derby - Chris Martin penalty (45 mins)

    Derby are back in this - Tim Hoogland being penalised for handling in the box and Chris Martin slots home the penalty.

  86. HALF-TIME

    Liverpool 0-0 Swansea City

    Liverpool keeper Brad Jones has barely broken sweat tonight - or in the past eight months to be fair. But the man who is making his first Reds appearance since February is quickly called into action to stop Jonjo Shelvey's free-kick.

    And that's virtually the final kick of the first half. Time for a breather.

  87. GOAL

    Fulham 2-0 Derby - Moussa Dembele (45 mins)

    Another defensive mistake from Derby proves costly - Omar Mascarell, who is on a season-long loan from Real Madrid, gifting possession to the Cottagers and Moussa Dembele is on hand to slot home.

    Moussa Dembele scores his second for Fulham
  88. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Paul French: Mario Balotelli would benefit from a strike partner. Fabio Borini would be good. Italian connection and has a high workrate that we lack.

    Sanjay Pankhania: This is why Fabio Borini should start games he is excellent. I can see him and Philippe Coutinho having a great understanding.

    Paul Walmsley: Liverpool's second string playing better than their first team at the moment.

  89. Post update

    Liverpool 0-0 Swansea City

    Swansea's raids forward have been rare but now they do win a free-kick in a promising position. Jonjo Shelvey bends in the set-piece, the Liverpool defence clears but only to Nathan Dyer - but his shot is deflected wide. Better from the Welsh side.

    Swansea's Jonjo Shelvey fires a free-kick into the Liverpool wall
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    Sam in Telford: Please can Louis van Gaal buy the entire Shrewsbury defence for Manchester United?

  91. Half-time stats

    Shrewsbury 0-0 Chelsea

    Shrewsbury 0-0 Chelsea
  92. Post update

    Liverpool 0-0 Swansea City

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Anfield

    "Liverpool have taken the opportunities they've had to break when Swansea's defenders have been out of position. But once Swansea get back they're struggling to break them down."

    Liverpool's Phillipe Coutinho is tackled by Swansea's Angel Rangel
  93. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Will Wych: Sounds like a great first half from the lads. Waiting for that first Shrewsbury goal. Following from Canada right now..

    Joel McCroy Oblates: Chelsea have been so ordinary, Shrewsbury making them look like a lower league team.

    Badger Bod: Shrewsbury are playing with more heart and determination than any other team from the Midlands in the last few days.

  94. CLOSE!

    Liverpool 0-0 Swansea City

    The Italy striker almost nets Liverpool's opener! No, not that Italy striker. With Mario Balotelli on the bench, Fabio Borini is the man looking likeliest to break the deadlock at Anfield.

    The ex-Swansea man twice goes close in quick succession, sweeping a left-foot shot past the near post, then forcing away keeper Gerhard Tremmel in to smart stop.

    Liverpool's Fabio Borini leaves Swansea's Angel Rangel behind him
  95. HALF-TIME

    MK Dons 0-0 Sheffield United

    BBC Sport's Chris Osborne at Stadium MK: "If we're being polite, we'd say it's been hard work. If we're being impolite, we'd say it's dull, boring and uninspiring. Very few clear-cut chances and very moments to get the heart racing. Might as well start a book club in one of the empty corners of Stadium MK just to liven things up. One of these League One sides will be in the quarters by the end of the night - at some point. Hopefully."

    Sounds a good night, Chris.

  96. HALF-TIME

    Bournemouth 0-0 West Brom

    An entertaining first half at the Goldsands Stadium has yet to yield a goal. In truth, the bluster from the home side has not led to any clear openings, with Tokelo Rantie's half chance as good as it got.

    Boaz Myhill in the West Brom goal was equal to that and at the other end, the Baggies have only offered Lee Camp catching practice. It is far from defensive fare on offer here, but the attacking intent lacks that cutting edge.

  97. HALF-TIME

    Shrewsbury 0-0 Chelsea

    Conor McNamara

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator at the Greenhous Meadow

    "A standing ovation for the Shrewsbury Town players from their fans at the half-time whistle and rightly so. They are right in this."

    Shrewsbury Town manager Micky Mellon
  98. HALF-TIME

    Shrewsbury 0-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea anxious? Have you seen their bench, Phil?

    It's Hazard, Matic, Willian, Schwarzer, Terry, Baker, Brown. Half-time at the Greenhous Meadow.

  99. Post update

    Shrewsbury 0-0 Chelsea

    Phil Brown

    BBC 5 live pundit at the Greenhous Meadow

    "The longer the game goes on and it's 0-0, the more Chelsea will become anxious."

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho talks to the fourth official
  100. DISALLOWED GOAL

    Shrewsbury 0-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea have the ball in the Shrewsbury net, but it's chalked off for offside after Didier Drogba just strayed too far when played in by Oscar.

    Chelsea's Didier Drogba is denied by the linesman
  101. Oh dear!

    Shrewsbury 0-0 Chelsea

    Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah, who has been one of the better players for Chelsea, lines up a shot on the right side of the pitch from 20 yards that goes out for a throw-in way out on the left. Woeful.

  102. Post update

    Liverpool 0-0 Swansea City

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Anfield

    "It was so well-worked for Markovic, with Coutinho and Henderson involved and Lambert spinning off wide. But Markovic, on his weaker left foot, never looked comfortable. Not quite happening for Liverpool in and around the penalty area."

    Liverpool's Lazar Markovic
  103. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Sanjay Pankhania: Fabio Borini is only a 23-year-old, and should be giving more game time. Works hard always come on Mr Rodgers give the boy more games!

    Nick Locke: I feel Liverpool are just finding their feet after a hangover from last season. It's been stodgy and stuttering but not a crisis.

    Shaune Green: I hope Liverpool will win without Mario Balotelli. But we need a Karim Benzema or a Edison Cavani.

  104. CLOSE!

    Liverpool 0-0 Swansea City

    Big chance for Liverpool to double our League Cup tally for the evening. But summer signing Lazar Markovic wastes a golden opportunity to break his Reds duck, slicing horribly wide when well placed.

  105. GOAL

    Fulham 1-0 Derby - Moussa Dembele (27 mins)

    I told you to stick with us! We have a goal... Moussa Dembele capitalising on Craig Forsyth's horrible backpass to round the keeper and slot into an empty goal. What a horrible mistake from the Derby man.

    Moussa Dembele celebrates for Fulham
  106. Post update

    Still no goals. Stick with us. Don't start flicking through that TV planner.

  107. Post update

    Liverpool 0-0 Swansea City

    Spanish right-back Javi Manquillo is Liverpool's greatest attacking threat at the moment - pouring forward at every opportunity. His surging run forces a home corner, which then comes to nothing. Still all Liverpool but they are still yet to stretch Swans keeper Gerhard Tremmel.

  108. Post update

    Shrewsbury 0-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea need to keep an eye on this Mickey Demetriou fella. The Shrewsbury left-back is galloping down the flank and has just shown he also has a long throw in his locker. Something for Jose to think about?

  109. Post update

    Liverpool 0-0 Swansea City

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Anfield

    "Swansea are just sitting off Liverpool, perhaps trying to break them down on the counter attack."

    Liverpool's Phillipe Coutinho is marshalled by Swansea's Jonjo Shelvey
  110. Post update

    Bournemouth 0-0 West Brom

    West Brom appear to have got off the hook as a corner swings into their area and Craig Dawson seems to jump for the ball with his hands leading the way.

    The ball is cleared but there are few protests such was the melee. It looks like he misjudged his leap and Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe will certainly be intrigued by the replay for that one.

  111. Post update

    Shrewsbury 0-0 Chelsea

    Phil Brown

    BBC 5 live pundit at the Greenhous Meadow

    "Shrewsbury have got pace at the back which is why they are being so positive, they are not frightened of Chelsea's threat on the counter attack. You could look at these two teams and not know who was the Premier League side. This a very level game."

  112. PENALTY APPEAL

    Shrewsbury 0-0 Chelsea

    I've just seen Didier Drogba's defending from a Shrewsbury corner again and he appeared to get the ball under control with the help of his arms. I've seen them given...

  113. Post update

    Shrewsbury 0-0 Chelsea

    Didier Drogba is Chelsea's best defender at the moment - mopping up from a corner and driving forward before playing a sublime ball through to Mohamed Salah who picks out Andre Schurrle in the penalty area, but the German wastes possession by laying the ball off for a runner who doesn't materialise.

    Chelsea's Didier Drogba holds off Shrewsbury's Ryan Woods
  114. Post update

    Liverpool 0-0 Swansea City

    Nice touch as the Anfield crowd give ex-Red Jonjo Shelvey a warm round of applause as the Swansea man takes a corner for the visitors. And he returns the generosity by delivering a poor set-piece which is cleared by Dejan Lovren.

  115. Post update

    Liverpool 0-0 Swansea City

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Anfield

    "Liverpool are controlling the game and controlling possession. They are playing further up the pitch and not just keeping possession in their own half. It has been a very good start by Liverpool."

    Listen to audio commentary from Anfield in the 'Live Coverage' tab on this page.

    Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert
  116. Post update

    Fulham 0-0 Derby

    Fulham should probably be ahead at Craven Cottage. Elsad Zverotic's pass finds Moussa Dembele, who flicks the ball past his marker and shoots but his effort is saved by Derby keeper Kelle Roos.

  117. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Mark Evitts: 9am on a wet Auckland morning - do not disturb sign on my desk - heart and soul in Shrewsbury. Come on Salop.

    Dennis Waithera: Shrewsbury are really enjoying playing on their turf. But they must take their chances if they get them.

  118. Post update

    Shrewsbury 0-0 Chelsea

    Mickey Demetriou sounds like some sort of east-end gangster, but he's actually a flying League Two full-back and he twice gets an opportunity to put in balls to the back stick from the left. Chelsea are not picking up his overlapping runs and might yet pay the price.

  119. Post update

    MK Dons 0-0 Sheffield United

    A decent chance at Stadium MK for the home side. Jordan Spence's cross finds Dean Bowditch at the far post but his volleyed effort is saved by Sheffield United keeper Mark Howard. It remains a tight affair between these two League One rivals.

  120. Post update

    Liverpool 0-0 Swansea City

    Liverpool are warming to their task nicely. Excellent play from Philippe Coutinho who skips past a couple of players but Lucas' shot is straight at Swans understudy keeper Gerhard Tremmel. That's the best chance of the early stages.

    Moments later, Lazar Markovic sets up an another attack but Rickie Lambert cannot test Tremmel again.

  121. YELLOW CARD

    Bournemouth 0-0 West Brom

    Bournemouth defender Ian Harte goes into the book for wrestling Victor Anichebe to the floor just outside the area. Sebastian Blanco stands over the free-kick but it sails well over the bar.

  122. Post update

    Fulham 0-0 Derby

    The first shot on goal at Craven Cottage comes from visitors Derby. However, Chris Martin's strike is comfortably saved by Gabor Kiraly in the Fulham goal.

  123. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Marcus Tongue: What a shame to see Petr Cech only being used for the likes of Shewsbury. Off in January I'd say.

    Abu Ali: Disappointing to see Mohamed Salah chose to become a bit part player at Chelsea after being a key player at Basel.

    Peter Collins: Shrewsbury are unlucky in their luck. Many Premier League teams would struggle against the set pieces of lower leagues. But not Chelsea!

  124. Post update

    Shrewsbury 0-0 Chelsea

    "You're only here because of Chelsea," taunts the away following. Not true really. We all know Elton John concerts sell out in Shrewsbury too (18:10).

  125. Post update

    Liverpool 0-0 Swansea City

    Liverpool striker Fabio Borini is the forgotten man at Anfield. But he is desperate to make an impression tonight, racing towards the Swansea goal before he is chopped down just outside the penalty area.

    Rickie Lambert - a man known during his time at Southampton for smashing a free-kick into the onion bag - stands over the ball, but skipper-for-the-night Jordan Henderson pulls rank. And he balloons it high over the bar.

    Liverpool striker Fabio Borini goes down
  126. GREAT SAVE!

    Bournemouth 0-0 West Brom

    Bournemouth have willing runners so far in this game. In the early exchanges, a mazy Adam Smith run almost created a goal and this time it is Junior Stanislas bursting through midfield to feed Tokelo Rantie. His strike is fizzed from an angle and parried out by Boaz Myhill.

  127. Post update

    Come on, lads. Where's our first goal of the evening coming from?

  128. Post update

    Shrewsbury 0-0 Chelsea

    It's proper rain at Shrewsbury now, but the pitch is holding up pretty well so far. Shame really... there's something quite exciting about a cup tie being played in the mud. Shrewsbury continue to keep Chelsea at arm's length - Nathan Ake driving into the penalty area but over-running the ball.

  129. CLOSE!

    Bournemouth 0-0 West Brom

    This one is fairly even but a Youssouf Mulumbu drive from 25 yards tests Bournemouth goalkeeper Lee Camp. The strike finds itself through a forest of legs but Camp is equal to it and gathers the loose ball at the second attempt.

  130. Post update

    Shrewsbury 0-0 Chelsea

    Phil Brown

    BBC 5 live pundit at the Greenhous Meadow

    "Shrewsbury are playing good controlled football here and enjoying some possession. They don't look overawed at all."

  131. Post update

    MK Dons 0-0 Sheffield United

    A couple of half-chances for Sheffield United at Stadium MK. Bob Harris charges into the MK Dons box but his pull back for Stefan Scougall is intercepted and cleared by Dele Alli. Soon after, Tom Flanagan is on hand to deny the Blades again by blocking Ben Davies' cross towards Marc McNulty.

    MK Dons' Jordan Spence and Sheffield United's Jamie Murphy
  132. KICK-OFF

    Liverpool 0-0 Swansea City

    Time to show what you can do, Rickie and Jonjo. Under way at Fulham too.

  133. Post update

    Liverpool v Swansea City (20:00 GMT)

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Anfield

    "Liverpool have to take a huge positive from the clean sheet that they got against Hull at the weekend. You expect them to create chances and score goals.

    "Swansea are playing really well at the moment. I saw them playing against Leicester and they were outstanding, and such a threat going forward. Jefferson Montero on the left is very inconsistent but has these sparks of five or 10 minutes where he can cause teams problems."

  134. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Dennis Waithera: Didier Drogba, at 36, is starting his second game in a few days. And still 19-year-old players are complaining of tiredness?

  135. Post update

    Shrewsbury 0-0 Chelsea

    Conor McNamara

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator at the Greenhous Meadow

    "Jose Mourinho is wearing a tracksuit on the touchline at the Greenhous Meadow. It's strange, but for some reason he doesn't seem quite as intimidating when he's not in a suit."

  136. Post update

    Shrewsbury 0-0 Chelsea

    Bobby Grant has been banging them in for fun in the lower leagues down the years and he drives through the rain to lash a shot just over the Chelsea bar. I feel for the Shrewsbury lads tonight, though - how are they expected to beat Petr Cech. Probably the best second-choice keeper in the world?

  137. Post update

    Shrewsbury 0-0 Chelsea

    Phil Brown

    BBC 5 live pundit at the Greenhous Meadow

    "I wonder how long Didier Drogba can last for Chelsea? He played the full 90 minutes against Manchester United on Sunday and I bet Jose Mourinho will have one eye on taking him off on the hour mark. But you just don't know how these games pan out."

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and Shrewsbury boss Micky Mellon
  138. Post update

    Shrewsbury 0-0 Chelsea

    Shrewsbury are in their home blue kit tonight, with Chelsea in bright yellow. Never a good look. Even on world-class footballers, although it's not as bad as Newcastle's green effort at White Hart Lane last weekend...

  139. Post update

    MK Dons 0-0 Sheffield United

    Not much to report from MK Dons, other than that the crowd looks a lot less sizeable than when Manchester United were in town. Do the Blades not have the same pull?

  140. Post update

    Shrewsbury 0-0 Chelsea

    Phil Brown

    BBC 5 live pundit at the Greenhous Meadow

    "The determination in the Shrewsbury players in these early stages is there for all to see. And they will always be a threat from corners and set-pieces."

  141. GREAT SAVE!

    Shrewsbury 0-0 Chelsea

    Ooohhh... Shrewsbury almost take the lead, but for a top-drawer save from a world-class keeper - Petr Cech keeping out Nathaniel Knight-Percival's header from a corner at the near post.

    Nathaniel Knight-Percival comes close for Shrewsbury
  142. Post update

    Shrewsbury 0-0 Chelsea

    Early pressure from Chelsea in the form of two corners - the first works its way to Oscar whose shot is deflected behind, and the second is cleared by Shrewsbury who charge down the other end on the counter and win a set-piece of their own.

  143. Post update

    Liverpool v Swansea City (20:00 GMT)

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Anfield

    "Maybe Rodgers wanted to take Balotelli out of firing line. But I thought tonight might be opportunity to play Lambert and Balotelli up front together.

    "Swansea players will be relishing playing at such a fine venue as Anfield and will want to express themselves tonight."

  144. Post update

    Bournemouth 0-0 West Brom

    An early chance for Bournemouth as Yann Kermorgant cuts in from the left and tries his luck with a shot which is spilled but eventually dealt with by the Baggies.

  145. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Tim Woodhouse

    Tim Woodhouse: It's the hope that gets us every time in the Woodhouse household - but we believe Shrewsbury can win!

  146. KICK-OFF

    Shrewsbury 0-0 Chelsea

    Here we go then. Can the Shrews tame the Blues? We're under way at the Greenhous Meadow and also at Bournemouth and MK Dons.

  147. Post update

    Shrewsbury v Chelsea (19:45 GMT)

    Shrewsbury midfielder James Wesolowski suffered a groin problem in the warm-up, so captain Liam Lawrence comes off the bench to replace him.

  148. Post update

    Shrewsbury v Chelsea (19:45 GMT)

    Shrewsbury are playing with three up top - James Collins. Bobby Grant and Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro - tonight. They ain't going to sit back.

  149. Post update

    Shrewsbury v Chelsea (19:45 GMT)

    Phil Brown

    BBC 5 live pundit at the Greenhous Meadow

    "As a Shrewsbury player you have to remember these moments. Savour it. But make sure you give it absolutely everything."

  150. Post update

    Shrewsbury v Chelsea (19:45 GMT)

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on BBC Radio 5 live: "We have to respect the opponent because they have shown what they can do against opposition. What they did against Blackpool, Norwich and Leicester tells us a lot. We can feel they have a good team. Our players are tired after playing Sunday, but this is what football it is. I am sorry we cannot come here with a maximum strength team, but with Sunday's game it's difficult."

  151. Post update

    Wise words from Micky. And he's right... let's get this League Cup show on the road - but first a word from The Special One.

  152. Post update

    Shrewsbury v Chelsea (19:45 GMT)

    Shrewsbury manager Micky Mellon on Sky Sports: "We're obviously excited. The build-up has been fantastic. We've enjoyed the attention, but it's now time to get on the pitch. We've done everything that we usually do for every game.

    "There's always a chance [to win], but we're not naive. Our chance is small and Chelsea's is massive."

  153. Post update

    Liverpool v Swansea City (20:00 GMT)

    Lazar Markovic

    It's a big night for Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic, who is still struggling to justify his £20m price tag since joining from Benfica in the summer. He's in the mix for the European Golden Boy Award (see 18:27), and Reds assistant manager Colin Pascoe has every faith the player can become a hit at Anfield.

    "Lazar will definitely come good, he's a quality player," Pascoe said. "That's why we brought him in here. He's working hard. He stays behind after training to do extra shooting.

    "That's the kind of guy he is. He wants to do well and he's a winner."

  154. Post update

    Shrewsbury v Chelsea (19:45 GMT)

    Juliette Ferrington

    BBC Sport

    "The Special One knows. Jose Mourinho gets his pronunciation right - SHROOSbury...!!!"

  155. Super Saido

    Bournemouth v West Brom (19:45 GMT)

    I imagine there's a few big clubs sniffing around Saido Berahino these days, but West Brom manager Alan Irvine believes he can make the boy from Burundi even better - just like he did with Wayne Rooney while part of the Everton set-up.

    "I think he can become an elite player," Irvine said. "As long as he goes about his job in a way he is doing now - on the field and off it.

    "I have quite a lot of chats with Saido - nothing major just little chats to just make sure he is going down the right road. I have been fortunate enough to have worked with a number of very talented young players over the years. Wayne Rooney springs to mind.

    "We talk about it. It's one of the things he is interested in. He wants to know what Rooney was like at that age."

  156. Post update

    Shrewsbury v Chelsea (19:45 GMT)

    Andreas Christensen
  157. Not him again...

    Bournemouth v West Brom (19:45 GMT)

    Every now and then you come across a player who it seems has been playing the game forever. Surely Ian Harte is about 65 by now?

    Ian Harte has played for Leeds, Levante, Reading and Bournemouth

    He is in fact 37 and plays for Bournemouth as they host West Brom tonight. Harte, a stand-out man for Leeds at the turn of the century has since played for Levante, Sunderland, Blackpool, Carlisle and Reading.

  158. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Abdul Soale: I wouldn't have rested Mario Balotelli being that we are trying to get him into form.

    David Mackay: About time Liverpool gave Brad Jones a chance in goal. Hope he plays well and gives Simon Mignolet some much needed competition.

    Sugam Adhikari: Have stopped expecting too much from Liverpool. Hope they surprise me like last season.

  159. Post update

    Liverpool v Swansea City (20:00 GMT)

    Liverpool v Swansea City (20:00 GMT)
  160. Swansea team news

    Liverpool v Swansea City (20:00 GMT)

    Ex-Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey faces his former club as one of six men to keep their place in the Swansea side.

    But striker Wilfried Bony, who was a reported transfer target for Liverpool in the summer, drops to the bench after his two-goal salvo against Leicester at the weekend. Bafetimbi Gomis replaces him, with Marvin Emnes and Nathan Dyer also coming into the starting XI.

    Veteran German goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel again starts in the League Cup ahead of Lukasz Fabianski, while young Scottish midfielder Jay Fulton also makes a rare appearance.

  161. Post update

    Fulham v Derby (20:00 GMT)

    Fulham might only be three victories away from a trip across the capital to Wembley, but caretaker manager Kit Symons says the club's league status takes precedence over any thoughts of a cup run.

    The Cottagers have only just hauled themselves out of the Championship relegation zone, and Symons said: "Without a doubt working our way up the league has to be a priority and always had to be at the forefront of my thinking when I took over.

    "Winning breeds confidence and I want to win every game. Naturally, at the back of mind, I also know this is a result-based business so the more games I win, the better for my own situation."

  162. Post update

    MK Dons v Sheffield United (19:45 GMT)

    MK Dons make three changes for the visit of Sheffield United. Defender Kyle McFadzean and forwards Dean Bowditch and Benik Afobe come in for Antony Kay, Daniel Powell and Will Grigg.

    The Blades make five changes from the win over Crewe at the weekend. This includes the return of Jay McEveley in defence and Marc McNulty up front. Ben Davies, Louis Reed and Harrison McGahey all start with the suspended Chris Basham, on-loan Paddy McCarthy, James Wallace, Jose Baxter and Jamal Campbell-Ryce dropping out.

    MK Dons starting XI: Martin, Spence, Flanagan, McFadzean, Lewington (c), Potter, Alli, Bowditch, Reeves, Carruthers, Afobe.

    Sheffield United starting XI: Howard, Alcock, McGahey, McEveley, Harris, Davies, Doyle, Scougall, Reed, Murphy, McNulty.

    Stadium MK ahead of the Sheffield United match
  163. Post update

    Liverpool v Swansea City (20:00 GMT)

    Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Liverpool haven't been consistent this season and their defence is a real worry. They have only kept a couple of clean sheets since April, Spurs and against Hull last Saturday, and that is something they they need to put right. They will be desperate for another shut out tonight."

  164. Post update

    Liverpool v Swansea City (20:00 GMT)

    Within the last hour, Swansea City have confirmed they are in early-stage discussions with potential investors that could see them taking what the club call a 'small' equity stake in the Premier League outfit.

    A club statement, issued to Walesonline, said: "It must be stressed that this is only a possibility and the club has not received any formal offers to date as discussions are only at an early stage.

    "The board of directors believes they have proved over the years that the decisions they make are in the club's and fans' best interests.

    "This philosophy is a priority and any future investment will only be accepted if it is right for the club and fans."

  165. Post update

    Shrewsbury v Chelsea (19:45 GMT)

    Shrewsbury Town boss Micky Mellon tells BBC Radio 5 live: "We've worked hard to get to this stage and we're buzzing to play. We will try to keep our standards high against Chelsea. It will be a real test against every aspect of our game, but it's a challenge we will enjoy. We've been playing well for a lot of the season and I've told them to go out and enjoy the occasion. "

  166. Post update

    Liverpool v Swansea City (20:00 GMT)

    As expected, Brendan Rodgers makes wholesale changes - nine, in fact - to the Liverpool team which started Saturday's 0-0 home draw against Premier League rivals Hull City.

    Only two men survive - full-back Javi Manquillo and centre-back Dejan Lovren. They are joined in a back four by Kolo Toure and Glen Johnson, just in front of keeper Brad Jones, who makes his first Liverpool start since 16 February.

    England striker Rickie Lambert starts for just the third time and is aiming to score his first goal for his hometown club. International team-mate Jordan Henderson skippers the side in Steven Gerrard's absence, while there is also no place in the matchday squad for Raheem Sterling.

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers takes notes
  167. Post update

    Fulham v Derby (20:00 GMT)

    Fulham caretaker boss Kit Symons makes eight changes to his Fulham team. This includes handing a debut to 20-year-old defender Stephen Arthurworrey. Other notable changes see Gabor Kiraly replace Marcus Bettinelli in goal and Patrick Roberts and Moussa Dembele start in attack in place of Ross McCormack and Hugo Rodallega.

    Championship leaders Derby make five changes from their 2-1 home defeat to Wigan at the weekend. Kelle Roos makes just his second appearance in goal in place of Jack Butland, Zak Whitbread comes into defence, Omar Mascarell and Jeff Hendrick start in midfield and Simon Dawkins starts in place of Jordan Ibe, who he replaced midway through Saturday's game.

    Fulham starting XI: Kiraly, Zverotic, Hutchinson, Arthurworrey, Kavanagh, Hoogland, Hyndman, Williams, Roberts, Ruiz, Dembele.

    Derby starting XI: Roos, Christie, Keogh, Buxton, Forsyth, Mascarell, Hendrick, Bryson, Russell, Dawkins, Martin.

  168. Post update

    Shrewsbury v Chelsea (19:45 GMT)

    Phil Brown

    BBC 5 live pundit at the Greenhous Meadow

    "Micky Mellon has got real focus out of players. You can see an example of that with the teams they have put out. That they are playing one of the great teams in the world will focus them even more. There are a lot of young players in the Shrewsbury team who will be relishing the chance to test themselves against higher opposition"

  169. Post update

    Shrewsbury v Chelsea (19:45 GMT)

    Jose Mourinho might have annoyed Paul Lambert - not wise - and Roy Keane - definitely not wise - by shaking hands with the Aston Villa pair before their recent encounter had even finished, but he won't have any such problems with his opposite number tonight.

    "He can come and shake my hand as many times as he likes," said Shrewsbury boss Micky Mellon. "He's looking to come here and beat us, and beat us well, then go off on the way to his next challenge. At the end of the day, he's a fantastic manager."

    Shrewsbury Town manager Micky Mellon
  170. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Stephen Onions: Burton versus Bradford, the second leg of League Two play-off. I queued at 3:55am for 6 hours with Victoria Pendleton's book and a fold-up chair.

    Marc Wobschall: Queued from 2am for Oasis live at Loch Lomond tickets. Fell asleep for the FA Cup Final later that day.

    Graham: I once queued in the rain on bonfire night for a jacket spud only for them to sell out when I got to the front.

  171. How's stat?

    Shrewsbury v Chelsea (19:45 GMT)

    • Chelsea and Shrewsbury have not met in any competition since January 2003, when the Blues won 4-0 in an FA Cup fourth round tie. John Terry played in that game.
    • The Shrews have not beaten Chelsea since winning 2-0 in the old Division Two on New Year's Day, 1983.
    • Chelsea have won 13 and lost none of their last 15 League Cup games against lower ranked sides; a run that goes back to 1999.
  172. Post update

    Liverpool v Swansea City (20:00 GMT)

    Wilfried Bony, Swansea

    Wilfried Bony is hot stuff at the moment and, if summer transfer rumours were to be believed, he might have been lining up for Liverpool tonight. Instead, Brendan Rodgers went for Mario Balotelli - a decision which former Swansea striker Ian Walsh says was a "big mistake."

    "It's a big mistake. Bony is on the upward trend and for me there would only be one choice," said Walsh. "Balotelli has been there, seen it, done it, but is he on the downward path now in terms of enthusiasm for the game?

    "Bony has adjusted to this level and still has the desire to score goals."

  173. Team news

    Shrewsbury v Chelsea (19:45 GMT)

    Shrewsbury captain Liam Lawrence is still not ready to start having suffered a niggle that ruled him out of the game against York last week.

    He is on the bench along with striker Andy Mangan, who returned from a knee injury to play in the match against Portsmouth last Saturday.

    Chelsea name four players that started against Manchester United at the weekend, with Didier Drogba leading the line.

    Kurt Zouma, who turned 20 on Monday, is in the defence alongside debutant Christensen and experienced pair Gary Cahill and Filipe Luis.

    Nathan Ake is in midfield alongside John Mikel Obi, with Oscar, Andre Schurrle and Mohamed Salah.

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    Bournemouth v West Brom (19:45 GMT)

    Eddie Howe's Bournemouth side may have thrashed Birmingham City 8-0 on Saturday, but the boss rotates his pack making 10 changes in all.

    Only Tommy Elphick retains his place, Yann Kermorgant returns in attack after a three-game ban and he will be partnered by Tokelo Rantie who notched his first goals of the season in the rout at St Andrew's.

    The Baggies also make 10 changes and their fans will be pleased to see £10m summer signing Brown Ideye back from injury to lead the attack alongside Victor Anichebe. Only defender Craig Dawson retains his place.

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    Liverpool v Swansea City (20:00 GMT)

    Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini finally get a chance to impress up front for Liverpool. Mario Balotelli is on the bench, but there's no place in the matchday squad for Steven Gerrard.

    Liverpool XI: Jones, Manquillo, Lovren, Toure, Johnson, Lucas, Henderson, Coutinho, Markovic, Lambert, Borini.

    Swansea XI: Tremmel, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Fulton, Shelvey, Emnes, Dyer, Montero, Gomis.

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    Shrewsbury v Chelsea (19:45 GMT)

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho gives 18-year-old defender Andreas Christensen his first-team debut.

    Shrewsbury XI: Leutwiler, Grandison, Demetriou, Woods, Goldson, Collins, Wesolowski, Knight-Percival, Grant, Grimmer, Akpa Akpro.

    Chelsea XI: Cech, Christensen, Zouma, Cahill, Filipe Luis, Mikel, Ake, Salah, Oscar, Schurrle, Drogba.

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    Andy Simpson: Just been stuck in a tunnel and traffic for 50 minutes just to get a ticket for Liverpool versus Swansea. I hope it's worth it!

    Sean Sweeney: 1997 baseball opening day in Boston. Froze my rear end off with my dad, got seats in right field, face value. Sox lost.

    Bibhash Dash: Queued from 5am to get into stadium for India v South Africa ODI in 2000. missed first five overs but worth it to watch the legend Sachin Tendulkar bat.

    With Shrewsbury fans queuing from the early hours of the morning for their tickets for tonight's game with Chelsea, we asked, have you ever queued at a ridiculous time of day or most probably night, to get tickets to a sporting event? And was it worth it?

    Tweet us via #bbcfootball, text us on 81111 or have your say on the BBC Sport Facebook and Google+ pages.

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    Liverpool v Swansea City (20:00 GMT)

    If you see somebody giving Ashley Williams a clip at half-time tonight, chances are he's changed his mind and decided to swap shirts with Mario Balotelli.

    Ahead of the game, Williams said: "If you see me swap shirts at half-time give me a slap."

    That might be a bit extreme, but I found the skipper's next comments quite interesting: "Everyone's got an opinion on him, [but] I think he's a good player [and he] seems like a nice guy whenever I come up against him."

    Do you want your number nine being a "nice guy" to centre-halves?

    Swansea City captain Ashley Williams
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    Bournemouth v West Brom (19:45 GMT)

    Bournemouth XI: Camp, Smith, Elphick, Cargill, Harte, Fraser, O'Kane, Gosling, Stanislas, Kermorgant, Rantie.

    West Brom XI: Myhill, Gamboa, Dawson, McAuley, Davidson, Baird, O'Neil, Mulumbu, Blanco, Anichebe, Ideye.

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    Shrewsbury v Chelsea (19:45 GMT)

    The story of Lloyd Burton's fight against cancer has had prominent position in the media this week and the young Shrewsbury fan will get a one to one with none other than Jose Mourinho tonight.

    Lloyd, 11, is a promising young player himself - having been scouted by the likes of Manchester United and Aston Villa - and he is ready to bag the signature of the self-proclaimed 'Special One'.

    Lloyd Burton
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    Krish in London: Went to watch Barcelona versus Spurs in a friendly (Wembley Cup) once for a friends birthday. We were stuck on the motorway for five hours thinking there was no point but in the end decided to go for it. Turns out we got the timing completely wrong and arrived halfway through Celtic versus Shakhtar Donetsk which was directly before!

    Jock: Started Queuing at 4.30am to try get tickets for Wimbledon. Starting the queue you hope that you get centre court. But when the hours dragged on we just had enough and settled for Court Three! The Pimms and seeing Juan Martin Del Potro smash down some aces, made it worthwhile!

    Oliver: My dad and I queued from midnight for Liverpool tickets for Istanbul in 2005. Yeah, it was definitely worth the wait.

  182. Shrewsbury v Chelsea (19:45 GMT)

    Phil Brown

    Conor McNamara tweets: I've never had an expert summariser arrive wearing boots for a commentary... Phil Brown hoping he might get a game?

    Join Conor and Phil on BBC Radio 5 live for full commentary from 19:00 GMT.

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    Fulham v Derby (20:00 GMT)

    I reckon we need to keep our goals radar trained on Craven Cottage tonight, because the last 17 League Cup games there have averaged 4.5 goals per game. The big question from me is... when are the Cottagers going to give Kit Symons the job? He seems to be doing a decent job from the outside looking in.

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    MK Dons v Sheffield United (19:45 GMT)

    Benik Afobe, MK Dons

    Who's the hottest striker in this season's League Cup? Sergio Aguero? Diego Costa? Alexis Sanchez?

    Nope, it's Benik Afobe of MK Dons. The on-loan Arsenal striker has five goals in the competition, including a brace against Manchester United in the second round. Jonny Evans is still having nightmares about that evening.

    Can Benik do it again tonight? The Gunners will be calling him back soon enough if his scoring streak continues.

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    Dean in Chatham: I once queued up for five hours, just to see 10 seconds of action! However, I was overjoyed with two tickets at face value for the men's 100m final at the London 2012 Olympics.

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    Liverpool v Swansea City (20:00 GMT)

    Raheem Sterling & Brendan Rodgers

    Raheem Sterling could be rested for Liverpool's League Cup tie with the Swans tonight, but the 19-year-old forward is today celebrating another achievement - being shortlisted for the European Golden Boy award, alongside the likes of Barcelona's Munir El Haddai, Marquinhos of Paris St-Germain and, from the Premier League, Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Kurt Zouma (Chelsea), John Stones (Everton), Lazar Markovic. (Liverpool), Adnan Januzaj, Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Nabil Bentaleb and Eric Dier (Tottenham). Who gets your vote? Check out the full shortlist here.

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    Lee Price: I stood in a queue for tickets from about 4am a few years ago when West Brom played Wolves in the FA Cup. However, it was worth every minute when we beat them!

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    Bournemouth v West Brom (19:45 GMT)

    Eddie Howe

    The last time Bournemouth reached this round in the League Cup, George Best was a precocious 17-year-old who had just made his Manchester United debut. A long time ago, eh?

    However, the Cherries will fancy picking up a notable scalp this evening - just days after putting eight past Birmingham, a result etched into my memory thanks to the office's resident Bournemouth supporter.

    Can Eddie Howe's boys take care of the Baggies this evening? A place in the last eight would be their reward.