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EFL apologises for delayed cup draw

EFL apologises for delayed cup draw”

Bristol City v Manchester United Chelsea v Bournemouth Leicester City v Manchester City • Ties will be played in the week commencing December 18.

Bristol - seventh in the English Championship - have already beaten Premier League sides Crystal Palace, Stoke and Watford on their path to the last eight.

Bristol has been in fine form in the League Cup this season, averaging more than 1.5 goals in their last four matches. Errors by Juan Mata and new signing Victor Lindelof saw Huddersfield record a first-ever victory over the Red-Devils in their history, leaving Jose Mourinho at fault for another poor performance. The Carabao social media team scrambled to let users know that "Twitter engineers" were in the process of rectifying the issue.

Leicester City were also paired with Pep Guardiola's high-flying Manchester City in the quarter-final draw on Thursday.

Conspiracy theorists noted that the draw threw up no major clashes between big teams, with Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea all avoiding each other.

Alas, nearly two hours down the line, the fifth round draw is still deadlocked at the preliminary stage...

Earlier draws had seen Charlton pulled out of the hat twice, confusion over which teams were at home and away, and criticism over the decision to hold the draw in Beijing at 4.15am United Kingdom time.

Eventually, a pre-recorded draw arrived on the Carabao Cup's feed at 5.50pm.



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