The League Cup Quarter Final draw takes place tonight (Wednesday 31st of October) with a wide range of exciting possibilities for the Whites.

Bradford City 

League Two Bradford City caused the shock of the 4th round by knocking Premier League Wigan out of the competition on penalties last night to secure their place in the Quarter Final draw.

Basically a suburb of Leeds nowadays, Bradford is the closest thing Leeds United have to a local derby match with just 10 miles between Elland Road and Valley Parade. Despite the proximity of the clubs, their fortunes contrast greatly.

Two divisions and a huge gulf in turnover, wages and stature means this would be a real David vs Goliath battle which Leeds would be heavily favoured to win. However, The Whites have a tendency to under-perform against teams from lower divisions and Bradford will be determined to put on a show against their very own noisy neighbours. Make no mistake, this has the potential to be a classic.

Chelsea v Manchester United (19:45 tonight) 

The pick of the fourth round sees Leeds’ two most hated rivals pitted against each other in what should be a feisty encounter, but will more likely be used as a training session for their youth teams

Nevertheless, a Quarter Final line-up between Leeds and the winner of this fixture is sure to excite both sets of fans who will be eager to renew old rivalries.

A first meeting with Chelsea in more than eight years is the more mouthwatering prospect in my opinion, but a QF draw against his former club will no doubt encourage Ken Bates to hang around a bit longer, so much press and attention will surely be too hard for him to resist? It’s like a 63 year old Granny in her birthday suit giving the come hither look to Wayne Rooney – some men are slaves to temptation.

Norwich City v Tottenham Hotspur (19:45 tonight) 

It’s rare Spurs are the bogey prize of cup draws but considering recent history between Leeds and Norwich City, there’s only one team Whites fans will want to square off against from these two possibilities.

With 75% of Leeds’ League One midfield (Bradley Johnson, Jonny Howson, Robert Snodgrass) now lining up for The Canaries and struggling to cope with life at the top, Elland Road would welcome the opportunity to remind our former heroes of what they’re missing.

Rodolph Austin could probably teach Bradley Johnson a thing or two about shooting from range while we’re at it (without the ball ending up on the M621).

And the rest…

Aston Villa, Liverpool/Swansea City, Arsenal, Middlesbrough

My personal preferences are outlined above but the rest of the teams making up the quarter final draw are hardly undesirable with the likes of Liverpool/Swansea, Aston Villa and Arsenal all joining Leeds in tonight’s draw.

Who do you want in the quarter finals? 

Preferred Quarter Final opponents?

  • Arsenal (1%, 12 Votes)
  • Aston Villa (3%, 26 Votes)
  • Bradford City (53%, 429 Votes)
  • Chelsea (7%, 56 Votes)
  • Liverpool (2%, 17 Votes)
  • Manchester United (6%, 52 Votes)
  • Middlesbrough (1%, 9 Votes)
  • Norwich City (25%, 205 Votes)
  • Swansea City (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Tottenham Hotspur (0%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 817

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9 Responses

  1. Kevin O'Connor

    Bradford at home, just as the easy option. In the semis we could probably beat anyone over two legs (but would obviously prefer Boro or Villa), then destroy Norwich at Wembley. ;)

  2. pete

    Villa at home seems to be good choice we always player better against prem clubs then we do against lower leauge . And villa wuldent be that difficult of competition.

  3. Tare

    I would prefer AV if NW is really targeting the Final. Reasoning: I saw this AV v Canaries game last Saturday and I must say Villains are in a deep s..t. Lambert and Adkins are the next boot marks in the butt -category. 2nd favourite would be Bantams and third one from the big guns Pool, they are trying to learn Rodgers -football but still the jury is out there whether that will be successful style. Tare

  4. Matthew

    From a logical standpoint Bradford City are the easiest team, because they are the weakest team in that line-up and we bypass the stronger teams, who we would only end up meeting after the transfer window anyway in the final 4.

    So with that in mind, should GFH buy the club and invest in some players, who aren’t cup tied, we’d have a stronger side to face the better teams.

    That said if we don’t get Bradford, getting Norwich, or Middlesbrough would be the next choice. The squad is capable of beating both of these teams.

    Aston Villa would be an interesting matchup, they’re not that strong, even with their first team players, and are struggling in the league somewhat. They could be easy pickings.

    I would like Chelsea, Scum or Liverpool in the final, if GFH come good and invest. It’d be awesome to win there.

  5. george

    norwich would be tasty, breeze through the semis and then a good old yorkshire derby at wembly

  6. Yorkshirian

    Should we get Swansea, you can bet they would rest a few and cross their fingers..

  7. Dublin LUFC

    Its Chelsea folks expect the worst. Good opportunity for a good anti-bates demo, eyes of the world watching.


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