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Capital One Cup: Chelsea, Arsenal Drawn on Road for Quarterfinals

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31:  Ramires of Chelsea celebrates his goal during the Capital One Cup Fourth Round match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 31, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistOctober 31, 2012

After a crazy two days of Capital One Cup play that featured a 12-goal match, a clash of two Premier League titans and plenty of upsets, the draw for the quarterfinal round was made after Chelsea's win over Manchester United in extra time.

Chelsea's late penalty in the second half from Eden Hazard forced the match at Stamford Bridge into extra time, where the Blues scored two goals to seal a 5-4 victory.

Arsenal also had a dramatic win on Tuesday as they came back from being down four goals to defeat Reading, 7-5, also in extra time.

In the other six matches in the round of 16, five other EPL clubs along with United and Reading were eliminated from the competition.

Now, as the Capital One Cup reaches the quarterfinal stage, three other EPL clubs, Swansea, Norwich and Aston Villa join Arsenal and Chelsea. The other three clubs left in the competition are from the lower levels of English football with League Two side Bradford City being the lowest ranked club left.

Leeds United and Middlesbrough, both from the Championship, round out the field of eight.

The next round of fixtures offer fans with plenty of interesting story lines.

Chelsea will travel to Elland Road to play Leeds United, who currently sit in 11th place in the second flight in England under former QPR manager Neil Warnock.

The only battle of EPL clubs in the quarterfinals will take place at Carrow Road as Norwich City will host former manager Paul Lambert and Aston Villa. The two clubs have already played once this season in the EPL, on October 27th, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Swansea City will be the only other top flight club playing at home in the quarterfinal round as they will host Middlesbrough at the Liberty Stadium. The Swans dumped former boss Brendan Rodgers and defending champions Liverpool out of the competition on Wednesday.

The marquee fixture of the quarterfinal round has to be the one being played at Valley Parade in Bradford as the League Two club will host Arsenal. The two clubs are currently separated by 66 places in the Football League with Arsenal in sixth place in the EPL and Bradford City sitting in fifth place in League Two.

Bradford defeated Wigan on penalties at the DW Stadium in the round of 16 and have earned a match up that will surely be the match of the season in their eyes.

The next round of fixtures will be played on December 10th, except for the Leeds United vs. Chelsea match which will played on December 19th due to Chelsea's participation in the Club World Cup.

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