Last night (25 August) saw the fixtures for the third round of the EFL Cup confirmed.
A total of 32 clubs will play in the third round of the competition, where things start to really heat up.
That’s because though the majority of Premier League clubs entered the cup in the second round of the competition, in the third round, top-flight teams who have European commitments will also enter.
This adds extra interest for the ‘smaller’ clubs still in the hat for the next round.
Here is everything you need to know.
When was the Carabao Cup third round draw?
The draw for the Carabao Cup third round was made following Arsenal’s clash with West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns in the second round on 25 August.
The draw was shown live on Sky Sports, and was made by Micah Richards and Harry Redknapp, with Mark Wright presenting the draw.
What games were drawn?
In the third round, top-flight teams who have European commitments will also enter the Carabao Cup, adding extra interest for smaller clubs still in the hat for the next round.
The third round also won’t be split into northern and southern sections like previous rounds.
Holders Manchester City will face Wycombe in the third round, as Pep Guardiola’s side begin their bid to win the trophy for a fifth consecutive season against the League One side.
Runners-up Tottenham, boosted on Wednesday by the news striker Harry Kane is staying at the club, face a trip to Wolves.
There are all Premier League ties between Manchester United and West Ham, Norwich and Liverpool and Chelsea at home to Aston Villa.
The full list of third round games:
- QPR v Everton
- Preston v Cheltenham
- Manchester United v West Ham
- Fulham v Leeds
- Brentford v Oldham
- Watford v Stoke
- Chelsea v Aston Villa
- Wigan v Sunderland
- Norwich v Liverpool
- Burnley v Rochdale
- Arsenal v AFC Wimbledon
- Sheffield United v Southampton
- Manchester City v Wycombe
- Leicester v Millwall
- Wolves v Tottenham
- Brighton v Swansea
When will Carabao Cup third round ties take place?
The third round of the Carabao Cup will take place on the week commencing 20 September.
When is the final?
The competition’s finale will return to its traditional early spring date this season, with it scheduled for Sunday 27 February 2022 at Wembley Stadium.
The full 2021/22 Carabao Cup dates are as follows:
- Round three: w/c 20 September 2021
- Round four: w/c 25 October 2021
- Quarter-finals: w/c 20 December 2021
- Semi-final first legs: w/c 3 January 2022
- Semi-final second legs: w/c 10 January 2022
- Final: Sunday 27 February 2022
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