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Draw: Carabao Cup Round Three

24 August 2017

The EFL has confirmed the 16 ties that will make up Round Three of the 2017/18 Carabao Cup.

The draw took place at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Beijing and was conducted by Chinese sports commentator Su Dong, alongside James Huang, Carabao China CEO, who drew the home teams, with EFL Chief Executive Shaun Harvey drawing the away sides.

The seven Premier League clubs involved in European competition this season enter the Carabao Cup at this stage with current holders Manchester United handed a home draw at Old Trafford against Championship side Burton Albion.

Eight-time winners Liverpool face a trip to former Premier League champions Leicester City, Chelsea will welcome Nottingham Forest to Stamford Bridge and Manchester City will head to the Midlands to take on West Bromwich Albion.

Doncaster Rovers will be looking to avenge their 2005 League Cup exit to Arsenal when they travel south to the Emirates Stadium, whilst fellow Yorkshire side Leeds United are tasked with a tricky tie at Burnley’s Turf Moor.

Premier League newcomers Brighton & Hove Albion will make the trip along the south coast to AFC Bournemouth and Steve Bruce and Garry Monk will go head to head in Birmingham as Aston Villa host Middlesbrough.

Meanwhile, the EFL has announced that year on year attendances for Round Two of the competition have increased by almost 20 per cent. Twelve months ago, the average attendance for a Round Two tie was 8,713 and following the completion of Wednesday’s games the reported cumulative attendance stood at 258,152, an average of 10,326. 

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