Home draw for holders United

Manchester United begin the defence of the League Cup '“ now rebranded the Carabao Cup '“ by hosting Burton in the third round.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 24th August 2017, 10:24 am
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 12:12 pm
Jose Mourinho will start with a home tie after League Cup holders Manchester United were drawn to face Burton Albion
Jose Mourinho will start with a home tie after League Cup holders Manchester United were drawn to face Burton Albion

United, who beat Southampton in last season’s Wembley final, will welcome Nigel Clough’s Championship side to Old Trafford after the draw was made in Beijing this morning.

Jose Mourinho’s side have only ever played the Brewers twice before, when the then non-league club earned a famous FA Cup replay after drawing 0-0 at Old Trafford, before United won 5-0 at the second attempt.

League One Doncaster have been rewarded for beating Championship Hull with a trip to the Emirates to face Arsenal, while the other third-tier club Bristol Rovers visit Wolves.

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2014 winners Manchester City have been drawn away at West Bromwich Albion, eight-time winners Liverpool visit Leicester, Chelsea will play Nottingham Forest at home and Everton host Sunderland.

Tottenham will play the winner of Barnsley versus Derby, Burnley’s record signing Chris Wood will have a quick reunion with his former club Leeds as the Yorkshire side head to Turf Moor and Huddersfield make a repeat journey to Crystal Palace, the scene of their opening-day win in the Premier League.

Elsewhere West Ham taken on Bolton, Reading host Swansea, Stoke head to Bristol City and Brighton make the trip along the south coast to Bournemouth.

The draw was made in China at 11.30am local time, to try and boost the EFL’s exposure in Asia, though it was not televised after mishaps in the last two draws.

The first-round draw, held in Thailand where the makers of energy drink Carabao are based, showed Charlton playing two teams in the on-screen graphic.

Then former England winger John Salako, conducting the second-round draw, got confused about which teams were playing at home or away.

Although starting late, there were no such embarrassments this time around, with each tie revealed on Twitter around two minutes apart on Twitter.

Carabao Cup third-round draw: WBA v Manchester City, Everton v Sunderland, Leicester v Liverpool, Manchester United v Burton, Brentford v Norwich, Wolves v Bristol Rovers, Burnley v Leeds, Arsenal v Doncaster, Bristol City v Stoke, Reading v Swansea, Aston Villa v Middlesbrough, Chelsea v Nottingham Forest, West Ham v Bolton, Crystal Palace v Huddersfield, Tottenham v Barnsley or Derby, Bournemouth v Brighton. Ties to be played week commencing September 18.