Football League Cup 2013: Date and Details of Capital One Cup Quarter-Final Draw
The draw for the quarter-final of the Capital One Cup will take place live on Sky Sports on Wednesday, Oct. 30.
Wednesday's draw will begin at the conclusion of the Round 4 fixture between Newcastle United and Manchester City, which kicks off at 7:45 p.m. GMT and will be televised live from St. James’ Park.
The seven victorious teams on Tuesday and Wednesday night will enter the hat, along with Sunderland and Southampton.
Gus Poyet's Black Cats and the Mauricio Pochettino's Saints were set to square off at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday, but under advice from police officials the game was pushed back to Nov. 6.
Strenuous representations were made to The Football League by Northumbria Police, relating to concerns around public safety in the wider region due to the games’ close proximity to the Wear-Tyne derby and Newcastle United’s fixture being scheduled on the same evening.
The quarter-final round will be played the week commencing Dec. 16 before home and away legs kick in at the semi-final stage.
What's more important, finishing top four or winning Capital One Cup?
One noticeable absentee from the draw will be Michael Laudrup’s Swansea City. The defending champions were ousted by Birmingham in Round 3.
The Welsh side’s victory over Bradford in last year’s final marked their first trophy in more than a century, and they are plying their trade in the Europa League this year as a result of that achievement.
The League Cup has been a breeding ground for promising talent through the years, and it is often the stage on which youngsters take their first bow in professional football.
The highlight of this year's tournament, in terms of drama, was the match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal, which marked the fifth penalty shootout in this season's competition.
The Gunners prevailed 4-3 on penalties.
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