The Carabao Cup Round Two and Three draws took place on Sunday as the country’s biggest clubs gear up to join the competition. Express Sport brought you live coverage as the teams came out of the hat.
The 13 Premier League teams not competing in Europe in the 2020/21 campaign plus Championship duo Bournemouth and Watford will join the tournament in Round Two.
Burnley and Sheffield United meet in, arguably, the pick of the ties in the northern section, while Brighton will meet League One Portsmouth in a south-coast clash.
Leicester host Arsenal in the tastiest third-round tie, the stage in which Champions League and Europa League qualifiers Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham also enter the competition.
The second-round ties will take place in the week commencing September 14, with Round Three action happening in the following week.
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Round Three Draw
Bradford/Lincoln vs Liverpool
Bristol City/Northampton vs Burton/Aston Villa
Morecambe/Oldham vs Newcastle/Blackburn
Reading/Luton vs Manchester United
Derby/Preston vs Brighton/Portsmouth
Ipswich/Fulham vs Rochdale/Sheffield Wednesday
Manchester City vs Bournemouth/Crystal Palace
Millwall/Cheltenham vs Burnley/Sheffield United
Chelsea vs Middlesbrough/Barnsley
Wolves/Stoke vs Gillingham/Coventry
Leicester vs Arsenal
WBA/Harrogate vs Southampton/Brentford
Newport/Cambridge vs Oxford/Watford
Fleetwood/Port Vale vs Everton/Salford
Leyton Orient/Plymouth vs Tottenham
West Ham/Charlton vs Leeds/Hull
Round Two Draw
Burnley vs Sheffield United
Burton vs Aston Villa
Bradford vs Lincoln
Leeds vs Hull
Everton vs Salford
Wolves vs Stoke
Rochdale vs Sheffield Wednesday
WBA vs Harrogate
Middlesbrough vs Barnsley
Derby vs Preston
Newcastle vs Blackburn
Morecambe vs Oldham
Fleetwood vs Port Vale
West Ham vs Charlton
Ipswich vs Fulham
Oxford vs Watford
Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace
Leyton Orient vs Plymouth
Southampton vs Brentford
Bristol City vs Northampton
Reading vs Luton
Millwall vs Cheltenham
Brighton vs Portsmouth
Newport vs Cambridge
Gillingham vs Coventry
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The draw is looming
It’s finally time for the draw after Brentford’s first-round tie against Wycombe Wanderers went to a penalty shootout.
The Bees are the final team to book their place in Round Two, but were made to sweat by the 10-man Chairboys in the first competitive game at their new stadium.
Brentford took a first-half lead thanks to Ethan Pinnock’s goals but Wycombe fought back after the break through Daryl Horgan despite losing Dominic Gape to a red card.
Marcus Forss hit the winning penalty in the shootout, which ended 4-2.
Round Two ball numbers
1 – Bournemouth
2 – Brighton
3 – Bristol City
4 – Cambridge
5 – Charlton
6 – Cheltenham
7 – Coventry
8 – Crystal Palace
9 – Fulham
10 – Gillingham
11 – Ipswich Town
12 – Leyton Orient
13 – Luton Town
14 – Millwall
15 – Newport County
16 – Northampton Town
17 – Oxford United
18 – Plymouth Argyle
19 – Portsmouth
20 – Reading
21 – Southampton
22 – Watford
23 – West Ham
24 – Brentford/Wycombe
1 – Aston Villa
2 – Barnsley
3 – Blackburn Rovers
4 – Bradford City
5 – Burnley
6 – Burton Albion
7 – Derby County
8 – Everton
9 – Fleetwood Town
10 – Harrogate Town
11 – Hull City
12 – Leeds United
13 – Lincoln City
14 – Middlesbrough
15 – Morecambe
16 – Newcastle United
17 – Oldham Athletic
18 – Port Vale
19 – Preston North End
20 – Rochdale
21 – Salford City
22 – Sheffield United
23 – Sheffield Wednesday
24 – Stoke City
25 – West Brom
26 – Wolves
Round Two and Three rules
The second round of the competition is unseeded and continues the regionalised format of northern and southern sections.
The ties will be given a number for the third round in the order they came out of the hat, with the Premier League’s biggest clubs potentially facing each other as the drawing will continue unseeded.
Round Two and Thee dates
The second-round ties will take place in the week commencing September 14.
The third-round fixtures will be played the following week.
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A string of Championship clubs have fallen to lower-league opposition in the first round.
QPR were dumped out by Plymouth Argyle, Cardiff were thrashed by Northampton, Swansea crashed to a 2-0 defeat to Welsh rivals Newport, Huddersfield lost at home to Rochdale, while Birmingham suffered defeat to Cambridge.
The first-round fixtures have taken place before the beginning of the EFL Championship, League One and League Two campaigns due to the fixture chaos caused by the coronavirus crisis.
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Manchester City won last season’s competition thanks to a hard-fought win against Aston Villa in the Wembley showpiece.
Goals from Sergio Aguero and Rodri inside the opening half-hour had Pep Guardiola’s men dreaming of a comfortable afternoon at the home of football, but Mbwana Samatta’s header set up a tense second period.
City held firm to claim success in the competition for a third year in a row – and they’ll be hoping to make it four on the trot in the 2020/21 campaign.
Welcome to Express Sport‘s live coverage of the Carabao Cup second and third-round draws.
Brentford are currently leading Championship new boys Wycome Wanderers at their brand new stadium in the final tie of the first round.
The highly-anticipated draws will take place after the final whistle in the midday kick off.