Accrington Stanley, Gillingham and Northampton Town have been rewarded for their Round Two displays with more top-flight opposition in the EFL Cup.Following respective wins over Burnley, Watford and West Bromwich Albion, the trio were all drawn against teams entering the fray in Round Three due to European commitments.
Stanley and Gillingham face trips to the capital to take on West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur, while the Cobblers welcome Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United to Sixfields.
Arsenal travel to four-time winners Nottingham Forest, and reigning champions Manchester City begin their title defence at Swansea City in ties commencing the week of 19th September 2016.
There are another four all-Premier League ties, including Leicester City against Chelsea, while last year’s losing finalists Liverpool play Derby County at the iPro.
QPR will host Sunderland and Preston North End visit AFC Bournemouth in the hope of adding to the numerous EFL cup upsets so far, while a further four all-Championship clashes complete the draw.
Round Three draw in full:
Nottingham Forest v Arsenal
Leeds United v Blackburn Rovers
Queens Park Rangers v Sunderland
West Ham United v Accrington Stanley
Southampton v Crystal Palace
Swansea City v Manchester City
Fulham v Bristol City
AFC Bournemouth v Preston North End
Tottenham Hotspur v Gillingham
Everton v Norwich City
Derby County v Liverpool
Northampton Town v Manchester United
Brighton & Hove Albion v Reading
Newcastle United v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Stoke City v Hull City
Leicester City v Chelsea
Ties to be played week commencing 19th September 2016.