The Blues comfortable win at the Emirates yesterday ensured they'd be in the League Cup quarterfinals, while the Gunners long trophy drought would be continuing. We needed to wait until Wednesday to find out our next opponent though, as the quarterfinal draw was scheduled to be done at the conclusion of the Newcastle/Manchester City tie.
The draw has now concluded, and Chelsea will still have to wait a bit before they know who they face. The Blues will be traveling to the winner of the November 6 game between Southampton and Sunderland for the League Cup quarterfinal. Here is the full draw for the next round:
Leicester vs. Manchester City
Spurs vs. West Ham
Sunderland/Southampton vs. Chelsea
All quarterfinal ties are one-legged knockout affairs, in which a winner will be decided in added time and penalties should there not be a winner after 90 minutes. The games are scheduled to be played on December 17 and 18, placing the match between a Saturday fixture at home against Crystal Palace and a Monday fixture at the Emirates.
In that regard, the schedule congestion isn't too bad. The Blues will have at least three full days between Palace and the League Cup, and will have plenty of time to recover before Jose Mourinho makes it ten matches without a loss against Arsene Wenger's side.
Chelsea may have also caught a bit of a break with the Newcastle game going to extra time, which would be fair play after being forced to play yesterday on just 48 hours of rest. Newcastle put out a very strong side today*, and having the early game on Saturday will likely mean there are very few fresh legs in their squad.
*Relatively speaking of course
The date, time, and television information for the game will likely be released in the next day or two. We'll have that for you when it's made available.