FOOTBALL: EFL Cup third-round draw sees Holders Man Utd host Burton Albion...

FOOTBALL: EFL Cup third-round draw sees Holders Man Utd host Burton Albion in Old Trafford

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The Carabao Cup draw [www.AmenRadio.net]
The Carabao Cup draw [Photo: dailymail.co.uk]
  • 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.

Manchester United wins the EFL cup 2016/2017 [www.AmenRadio.net]
Manchester United wins the EFL cup 2016/2017 [Photo: dailymail.co.uk]
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.

Capital one cup draw [www.AmenRadio.net]
Capital one cup draw
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

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