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By Dan King

Peter Lovenkrands is desperate to play a part in helping Newcastle through to the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup - and get one over on his friend Nicklas Bendtner.

United's Danish striker is an international colleague of the Arsenal striker, and both are expected to come up against each other on Wednesday evening.

Lovenkrands is set to start for Chris Hughton's side in a side with a number of changes from Saturday's win at West Ham, while Bendtner is likely to figure after scoring for The Gunners in their 3-0 win over Manchester City on his comeback from a groin injury.

And the Newcastle man, who scored against Accrington earlier in the competition and played in the thrilling 4-3 win over Chelsea, said: "We're probably going to be at opposite sides of the pitch, but it'll be good," he told nufcTV.

"Nicklas has been out for a long time with injury so it's good to see him back on the pitch and playing.

"That goal is going to help his confidence so he's going to be well up for it."

Arsene Wenger will change his side around too, but has hinted at including a number of his star players - and is renowned for introducing exciting youngsters for Carling Cup games.

Lovenkrands said: "No matter who they put out, it's going to be a strong side. We're going to expect that so we'll go and give it our best try and hope to get through.

"We have to go with the same belief that we can beat them as we did at Chelsea, and hopefully we can pull that off."