Liverpool and Blackburn to clash again in Carling Cup

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Liverpool and Blackburn will resume hostilities at Ewood Park in a month's time after the two sides were paired in the third-round draw of the Carling Cup.

Graeme Souness and Gérard Houllier waged a war of words after the stormy clash at Ewood Park a fortnight ago, when Blackburn full-back Lucas Neill was sent off for a wild tackle that broke Jamie Carragher's leg. Liverpool striker Milan Baros was also ruled out for the rest of the year after suffering a freakish broken ankle in after a fair challenge in the opening minutes of the match.

Arsenal and Manchester United also enter the competition at this stage, but their will be no repeat of their fiery antics of a week ago as they were drawn apart. Arsène Wenger's side have a seemingly easy home draw against First Division Rotherham while Alex Ferguson's side travel to Elland Road for a confrontation with bitter rivals Leeds United.

There is an all-London battle at White Hart Lane between Spurs and West Ham, who are both currently working under caretaker managers, while Second Division Notts County have the daunting task of a trip to Stamford Bridge to take on Claudio Ranieri's multi-million-pound Chelsea all-stars.

In other ties, QPR will fancy their chances as Kevin Keegan's Manchester City visit Loftus Road, while Blackpool, who caused the upset of the second round by beating Premiership Birmingham, have another chance of a higher division scalp at home to Crystal Palace.

Other all-Premiership ties are the Midlands derby between Aston Villa and Leicester and a tricky trip to Goodison Park for Alan Curbishley's Charlton to play Everton. Wolverhampton Wanderers, still without a win in the top flight, will be confident of progressing to the fourth round when they host Burnley at Molineux.

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