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Big guns avoid each other in quarters as Carabao Cup draw descends to farce again

For the fourth consecutive round, Carabao made a complete hames of a League Cup draw.

Image: John Walton

AFTER A DELAY of over 100 minutes – incidentally, enough time to have played at least normal time in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals – the eight remaining clubs discovered their opponents by way of a pre-recorded video uploaded by the competition’s Twitter account.

The remaining ‘big four’ managed to avoid each other in an inadvertent, behind-closed-doors draw, which will see Chelsea host Bournemouth, a London derby between Arsenal and West Ham, Claude Puel’s Leicester take on Manchester City, and Championship club Bristol entertain Manchester United.

Here’s the draw in full:

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Originally scheduled for 4pm UK time, the draw was delayed due to a technical glitch at Twitter HQ, meaning it couldn’t be live-streamed as intended.

The draw was therefore pre-recorded in full, and uploaded to Twitter only on its completion.

This latest shambles follows the botched first-round draw, which was streamed live to Facebook with no sound, and crashed as soon as the first team was drawn. Charlton Athletic were later drawn twice – both away to Exeter and at home to Cheltenham.

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The second-round draw was less farcical but more confusing, as the introductions of geographical divisions and seedings left a host of clubs bewildered by proceedings, which on this occasion took place in the Sky Sports studio.

The draw for round three was held in Beijing at 4am UK time, which naturally presented its own issues.

Carabao is Thailand’s second-most popular energy drink, and was announced as the title sponsor to the English league cup back in November.

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