Football: Arsenal at the top of the hit list

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IF CUP upsets are your idea of a good night out, and Arsenal or Manchester City are among your favourite fall guys, then Twerton Park, Bath, or The Den, SE14, are where you should be this evening, writes Adam Szreter.

Bristol Rovers and Millwall, of the First Division, start their Coca-Cola Cup second-round, second-leg ties against the two Premier Division giants all-square after the away leg.

George Graham returns to Millwall, from where he departed as manager six years ago, with an Arsenal side still suffering flashbacks to last season's FA Cup exit at Wrexham. Limpar, who turned the tide in Saturday's 2-1 defeat of Chelsea, is on World Cup duty with Sweden. Millwall, with Allen fit after a thigh strain, will field the side that drew 1-1 at Highbury.

Keith Curle, Manchester City's pounds 2.5m England international defender, will not be relishing his return to the club where it all started for him. Goalless at the Maine Road mansion a fortnight ago, City visit Bristol Rovers' rented bed-sit with an understandable sense of foreboding, despite Rovers' lowly League position.

The North-east's own cup continues at Ayresome Park where Middlesbrough, of the Premier Division, aim to become the first team this season to beat First Division leaders Newcastle United. The teams drew 0-0 at St James' Park.

Premier Division sides with deficits to overhaul from the away leg are Everton, 1-0 down against Rotherham, and Sheffield United, 2-1 down to Bristol City; while Manchester United, against Brighton, Norwich, against Carlisle, and Southampton, against Gillingham, start their home legs on level terms.