Following the enthralling action from the fourth round of the league cup, the draw for the Quarter Finals has been made.
We are getting closer to finding out the winner of this season’s Carabao Cup, and eight fourth-round ties took place over the course of Tuesday and Wednesday evening earlier this week. There will be extra incentive to win the competition, not just because of its prestige but also because the winners will secure qualification for the UEFA Europa Conference League Play-Off Round.
Two ties took place on Tuesday, with League One club Exeter City facing Middlesbrough of the Championship at St James’ Park. The Grecians put up a great fight, only narrowly losing 3 – 2 against their more illustrious opponents. Mansfield Town’s match with Port Vale was the other Carabao Cup match to take place on Tuesday, and it saw Port Vale win the game 1 – 0 thanks to a goal from Tottenham Hotspur loanee Alfie Devine (50’).
A further six League Cup Fourth Round games were played on Wednesday evening. In a London Derby between West Ham United and Arsenal, it was David Moyes’ Hammers who triumphed 3 – 1 after goals from summer signing Mohamed Kudus (50’), Jarrod Bowen (60’) and an own goal from Gunners defender Ben White (16’). Martin Odegaard scored Arsenal’s only goal of the game (90+6’).
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool made the trip to the South Coast to face AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium in the fourth round of this season’s competition. This an intense contest, but it was the Reds who triumphed 2 – 1 in the end, with Cody Gakpo (31’) and Darwin Nunez (70’) finding the back of the Cherries’ net. Justin Kluivert scored Bournemouth’s only goal (64’).
Chelsea were pre-match favourites when they welcomed Championship club and former Premier League Champions Blackburn Rovers to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening. Central defender Benoit Badiashile (30’) opened the scoring before England international Raheem Sterling (59’) doubled the Blues’ advantage in a comfortable 2 – 0 victory.
Sean Dyche’s Everton were even more comfortable, with the ex-Burnley boss leading the Toffees to a 3 – 0 win against the Clarets at Goodison Park. James Tarkowski (13’), Amadou Onana (53’) and Ashley Young (90+2’) were all on the scoresheet on Wednesday night for the home side.
High-flying Ipswich Town, who find themselves second in the Championship at the time of writing after promotion last term, welcomed Fulham to Portman Road in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.
Finally, 2022 finalists Manchester United and Newcastle United came face to face at Old Trafford. Eddie Howe’s Magpies managed to get revenge on the Red Devils by securing an emphatic 3 – 0 victory against them on the night. Miguel Almiron (28’), Chelsea loanee Lewis Hall (36’), and Joe Willock (60′) were Newcastle’s goal scorers.
After the final whistle went at Old Trafford, the draw for the Quarter Finals of the 2023/24 Carabao Cup was made, and the ties are as follows (These matches are set to be played in the week commencing 18th December 2023.):
- Everton (Premier League) v Fulham (Premier League) – Tuesday 19th December.
- Chelsea (Premier League) v Newcastle United (Premier League) – Tuesday 19th December – Kick Off: 20:00
- Port Vale (EFL League One) v Middlesbrough (EFL Championship) – Tuesday 19th December.
- Liverpool (Premier League) v West Ham United (Premier League) – Wednesday 20th December – Kick Off: 20:00
There are some mouth-watering ties there, with Chelsea v Newcastle and Liverpool v West Ham in particular catching the eye. Here we look deeper at all four Carabao Cup Quarter Final ties, starting with Everton v Fulham at Goodison Park.
Everton (Premier League) v Fulham (Premier League) – Goodison Park
Two Premier League clubs are set to meet at Goodison Park when Sean Dyche’s Everton play Fulham in the Quarter Finals of this season’s Carabao Cup. The two clubs have met on 68 occasions in all competitions to date, with the Toffees having a superior record of 31 wins compared to 23 for the Cottagers.
Everton narrowly lost 1-0 in their most recent meeting in the Premier League. As for the League Cup, they last met in September 2013, where Fulham lost 2 – 1.
Chelsea (Premier League) v Newcastle United (Premier League) – Stamford Bridge
After victory against Blackburn Rovers, Mauricio Pochettino’s Chelsea side will welcome a Newcastle United side led by Head Coach Eddie Howe to Stamford Bridge in the next round. The Blues and the Magpies have played against each other 173 times, including their first match against each other in September 1907.
They met most recently on 28th May 2023 at Stamford Bridge, where the two sides played out a 1 – 1 Premier League draw. As for the League Cup, they last met in this competition in November 2010, where Newcastle won 4 – 3.
Port Vale (EFL League One) v Middlesbrough (EFL Championship) – Vale Park
There could be a potential ‘giant killing’ that could take place in the Quarter Finals of the 2023/24 Carabao Cup when Port Vale of League One welcomes second-tier Middlesbrough to Vale Park. They have played against each other no less than 33 times, with Middlesbrough having a superior record of 17 victories compared to Port Vale’s 10. There have been 6 draws as of the time of writing.
They last met on 24th April 1998 in Division One, where the Boro were 1 – 0 winners. In terms of domestic cup competitions, they last met in the 2nd Round of the Zenith Data Systems Cup on 29th November 1989, where Middlesbrough won 3 – 1.
Liverpool (Premier League) v West Ham United (Premier League) – Anfield
Another Carabao Cup Quarter Final seeing two Premier League sides will see Liverpool take on West Ham United at Anfield. This fixture has been played many times in all competitions over the years, with the two clubs having played against each other 148 times, with the Reds having 82 wins compared to the Hammers’ 29. There have been 37 draws between them in total.
Liverpool were 3 – 1 winners at Anfield in the Premier League when they last met. In terms of the League Cup, their last meeting in this competition came back on 30th November 1988. West Ham were 4 – 1 winners at Anfield on this occasion.
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