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Carabao Cup

Round Five: Looking back on the last eight

26 October 2017

Ahead of Thursday’s Carabao Cup Quarter-Final draw, we take a look at the previous last eight fortunes of those sides left in the competition…

Arsenal, who earned a 2-1 extra-time victory over Norwich City in Round Four, reached the Quarter-Final stage for a record 26th time in their history. Rivals Tottenham Hotspur are their closest challengers in that department, with three fewer appearances in this phase of the competition.

Bournemouth’s recent good fortunes in the Carabao Cup continued on Tuesday night, as Eddie Howe’s men booked a Quarter-Final spot for the second time in four seasons, thanks to a 3-1 home success against Middlesbrough.

The Cherries will be hoping to go one step further than they did in 2014/15 however, exiting following a reverse of the aforementioned scoreline, at the hands of Liverpool.

The only Sky Bet Championship outfit left in the competition, Bristol City, moved into the last eight for the first time since 1989, with a comprehensive 4-1 beating of Crystal Palace at Ashton Gate — the third top-tier side they’ve defeated en route to the Quarter-Finals. Incidentally, the Robins progressed at this stage in 1989, getting the better of Bradford City.

Antonio Conte saw his Chelsea team reach the Carabao Cup Quarter-Finals for an overall 21st time on Wednesday night and, out of the remaining clubs left in the competition, only Arsenal have made more appearances at this stage. 2015 was the last time the Blues featured in the last eight and, in that particular season, they went on to lift the trophy at Wembley.

After winning the competition back in 2000, Leicester City had only appeared in the Quarter-Finals once up until Tuesday night, when they saw off Leeds United 3-1 at the King Power Stadium. The Foxes were triumphant in 1964 and 1997, too.

Manchester City have been victorious in their last three ties at this stage of the Carabao Cup and, in two of those years, they’ve in fact emerged as eventual champions — thanks to triumphs in both 2014 and 2016, with Final wins over Sunderland and Liverpool.

A Jesse Lingard brace against Swansea City comfortably saw Manchester United into the last eight for the 20th time in their bid to retain the Carabao Cup.

Their most recent Quarter-Final fixture brought with it an emphatic win, with both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Anthony Martial both netting twice in a 4-1 home triumph against West Ham United.

The Hammers themselves are also into the latter stages of the competition, meaning they’ve racked up consecutive Quarter-Final appearances for the first time in over 35 years.

They saw off Tottenham Hotspur at this point in 1981, before making their way to the Wembley showpiece, where they were beaten in a replay by Liverpool.

This time last year

Three of last year's Quarter-Finalists, Arsenal, Manchester United and West Ham United, have made it through to this stage again, and the latter pair came up against each other at Old Trafford as previously mentioned.

That was the end of the line for the Hammers, and that was also the case for Arsene Wenger's Gunners, who lost 2-0 at home to runners-up Southampton.

Twenty-four hours earlier, Liverpool's Ben Woodburn made history as the club's youngest goalscorer, capping off a 2-0 win over Leeds United, and there was a dramatic penalty shoot-out which saw Hull City edge past Newcastle United after a 1-1 draw.

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