The draw for the next round of the Carling Cup was done overnight, and we have managed to draw... Scunthorpe at home!
Unlike some other Premier League teams, Manchester City are treating the Carling Cup seriously — this is reflected by the strength of the teams Mark Hughes is selecting. So a soft home draw against Championship opposition definitely makes the task somewhat easier.
However, the last three times we have been knocked out of domestic cups, it's been to lower league opposition (Nottingham Forest, Brighton and Hove Albion, and Sheffield United). So let's just hope we don't take our foot of the pedal for this tie.
The full draw is as follows:
Blackburn Rovers v Peterborough United
Manchester City v Scunthorpe United
Tottenham Hotspur v Everton
Barnsley v Manchester United
Chelsea v Bolton Wanderers
Sunderland v Aston Villa
Arsenal v Liverpool
Portsmouth v Stoke City