- Manchester United will begin their defence of the EFL Cup against Championship side Burton Albion.
- Premier league champions Chelsea will face championship side Nottingham Forest.
- Liverpool will travel premier league rivals Leicester while Everton face relegated premier league side Sunderland.
- There are four all-Premier League ties in total, with Brighton travelling to Bournemouth and Crystal Palace hosting Huddersfield
Defending champions Manchester United will begin their defence of the EFL Cup against Championship side Burton Albion in the third round at Old Traffic following a bizarre 4.15am draw for the English competition which took place in Beijing
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the hero last season as United edged Southampton in a fierce encounter to claim the trophy, and Jose Mourinho’s men are set to start their title defence at home to the Championship outfit in September which will be only the second time the two sides will be meeting following United’s FA Cup third-round replay win in 2006 featuring players such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney after a goalless draw.
Premier league champions Chelsea have also been drawn with a championship opponent and have been tasked to overcome Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup.
League One side Doncaster Rovers will travel to the Emirates Stadium hoping to cause an upset for Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal side while Manchester City who might be dropping out of pursuit of West Brom’s defender Jonny Evans, will come up against the Baggies in a Hawthorns showdown.
Elsewhere Liverpool will travel premier league rivals Leicester while Everton face relegated premier league side Sunderland, and Tottenham will welcome the winners of the delayed second-round tie between Championship Barnsley and Derby County which is to be played September 19.
There will also be an early reunion when Burnley’s record signing Chris Wood faces former team Leeds United at Turf Moor, while Wolves who knocked out last season’s runner-up Southampton will take on Bristol Rovers on Wednesday.
There are four all-Premier League ties in total, with Brighton travelling to Bournemouth and Crystal Palace hosting Huddersfield
The draw was heavily criticised prior to Thursday due to the location and unusual time, with it scheduled to be staged in Beijing at 11:15 local time (03:15 GMT) in the Chinese capital.
And fans in Britain who set their alarms to follow the draw were left frustrated and waiting impatiently for proceedings to get underway.
This was defended by the EFL, who approved the plan as a market-growing opportunity bringing positive measures for the profile of the tournament.
The EFL had said: ‘Our decision to go to China is part of a strategic plan to grow the EFL internationally and specifically boost profile and exposure in ASEAN markets. A number of potentially significant meetings are being held around the draw that we envisage will deliver a benefit to all 72 clubs of the EFL,’
EFL CUP THIRD ROUND DRAW
Everton vs Sunderland
Tottenham Hotspur vs Barnsley or Derby County
Leicester City vs Liverpool
West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester City
Manchester United vs Burton Albion
Arsenal vs Doncaster Rovers
Wolves vs Bristol Rovers
Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest
West Ham United vs Bolton Wanderers
Brentford vs Norwich
Crystal Palace vs Huddersfield Town
Bournemouth vs Brighton and Hove Albion
Burnley vs Leeds United
Aston Villa vs Middlesbrough
Bristol City vs Stoke City
Reading vs Swansea
The 16 fixtures will be played in the week commencing 18 September