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The draw for the quarter-finals of the League Cup will see Chelsea travel to Elland Road to take on Leeds, while Arsenal face League 2 side Bradford City. Swansea will host Middlesbrough believing they have every chance of advancing to the semi-finals, while the only all-Premier League tie will see Norwich take on Aston Villa with Paul Lambert certain to receive an interesting reception at Carrow Road. The matches will be played in the week starting 10th December.
Chelsea, who picked up an exciting 5-4 win over rivals Manchester United in an almighty grudge match on Wednesday night will be on the road this time as they take on Championship side Leeds United. The Peacocks are now under the stewardship of Neil Warnock, and are currenlty in midtable, but are just 3 points off the promotion places. While Promotion to the Premier League will continue to be their primary objective, Elland Road will certainly guarantee a full house for the visit of the European Champions.
Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo, was excited about the prospect of taking on the Blues' former rivals, sharing in an interview with Sky Sports,"Playing away is always difficult and Leeds and Chelsea have a bit of history there as well. It will be an interesting game."
Leeds have already beaten two Premier League sides in Everton and Southampton at home, and though Chelsea will be huge favourites heading into that game, Leeds will try to pressure the London giants, who will no doubt once again feature a second string team.
Meanwhile, another League Cup outing will be on the cards for some of Arsenal's heroes from Tuesday night, as the Gunners battled back from 4-0 down to beat Reading 7-5 at the Madjeski Stadium. Taking on a team in the fourth division of English football should be an easy task for Arsene Wenger's band of misfits, who will be looking to take the opportunity to impress with a number of the squad members featured looking for a winter move away from the club, either on loan or on a permanent transfer. Player like Andrei Arshavin, Theo Walcott and Marouane Chamakh though will be hoping their exploits against Reading might win them some Premier League game time in the 5 weeks to come before the League Cup quarter-finals.
The Bantams meanwhile will also relish the prospect of entertaining one of England's elite clubs after quite a while, and are sure to giving the Gunners quite a welcome.
Leeds United vÂ· Chelsea
Bradford City v Arsenal
Swansea v Middlesbrough
Norwich City v Aston Villa
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