Big guns kept apart in League Cup draw

LONDON - The three favourites for the English League Cup were kept apart when the draw for the quarter-finals was made on Saturday. Manchester United will host Blackburn Rovers in the only all Premier League clash while Arsenal, who will keep faith with their policy of fielding the reserves in the competition, will travel to Championship Burnley who beat Chelsea on penalties on Wednesday. Holders Tottenham Hotspur, enjoying a stunning run of form under new manager Harry Redknapp, play at Championship strugglers Watford while Stoke City, in the quarter-finals for the first time in almost 30 years, are at home to Derby County. United's tie against Blackburn Rovers will see manager Alex Ferguson up against his former midfield enforcer Paul Ince, who is enjoying a solid start to life as a top flight manager. Rovers will be hoping for a different outcome to their last meeting in the competition when they lost to United in a two-legged semi-final in 2006. Matches will be played in the week commencing December 1.