Spurs face Arsenal in League Cup thriller

Spurs face Arsenal in League Cup thriller

Tottenham will face north London enemies Arsenal and Aston Villa will take on bitter rivals Birmingham in a pair of League Cup third round derby showdowns.

Mauricio Pochettino`s Tottenham were paired against Arsene Wenger`s Gunners in Tuesday`s draw.

Tottenham, who were beaten in last year`s final by Chelsea, will host the tie of the round at White Hart Lane in September.

It will be the first north London derby of the season.

There will be more derby intrigue when Villa clash with Championship side Birmingham for the first time since January 2011.

Birmingham are unbeaten in the last three meetings with Villa, including a League Cup tie in 2010.

Holders Chelsea travel to third tier Walsall, while Liverpool host fourth tier Carlisle.

Manchester United face Championship side Ipswich at Old Trafford and Manchester City travel to Sunderland.English League Cup draw made on Tuesday:

3rd rd

Middlesbrough v Wolves

Norwich v West Brom

Hull v Swansea

Leicester v West Ham

Aston Villa v Birmingham

Tottenham v Arsenal

Manchester United v Ipswich

Liverpool v Carlisle

Crystal Palace v Charlton

Fulham v Stoke

Sunderland v Manchester City

Newcastle v Sheffield Wednesday

Reading v Barnsley or Everton

Preston v Bournemouth

Walsall v Chelsea

Milton Keynes Dons v Southampton

Ties to be played in the week commencing September 21.

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