English League Cup Quarter Final Draw


League Cup holders Manchester United will face Championship opposition in the form of Bristol City after Thursday’s Quarter-Final draw.

While Jose Mourinho’s side might consider themselves lucky to have drawn the only second-tier outfit remaining in the competition, their opponents haven’t been phased by the prospect of facing teams from a division they haven’t appeared in since the late 70s.

In fact, Bristol City have faced a Premier League side in three out of their four League Cup games thus far, downing Watford, Stoke City and Crystal Palace.

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Bristol City’s 4-1 thrashing of Crystal Palace was their third-straight victory over Premier League opposition, having already knocked off Stoke City and Watford. They’ve scored 14 goals and conceded only three in their four League Cup matches thus far.

But they’ll be up for a much sterner task when the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba turn up to Ashton Gate Stadium in the week commencing December 18.

2016 Premier League champions Leicester City will take on a red-hot Manchester City at The King Power Stadium.

Interestingly, it will be the first time that Pep Guardiola’s men return to Leicester City’s home ground since a 4-2 humiliation last December, when Jamie Vardy netted a stunning hat-trick.

2017 FA Cup winners Arsenal welcome West Ham United to The Emirates in a match-up of under-fire managers.

Perhaps more so for the visiting camp, as Slaven Bilic looks increasingly likely to face the sack at West Ham, but a heroic comeback against Tottenham in the Round of 16 has surely bought him some time.

Rounding out the Quarter-Finals is 2017 Premier League holders Chelsea hosting Bournemouth, a side whose awful domestic form has played second-fiddle to a positive League Cup run.

This will be Eddie Howe’s biggest challenge yet, though, as Bournemouth have only played Birmingham City, Brighton & Hove Albion and Middlesbrough to reach the Quarter-Finals.


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