Carabao Cup third round draw: When is it? How can I watch? What ball number is my team?

Carabao Cup third round draw: When is it?

The Premier League big boys enter and will be looking forward to finding out their opponents.

The draw takes place in Beijing, China on Thursday, August 24.

But it won’t be fun for those in the UK as it all gets underway at 4.15am BST.

So you’ll have to set a painfully early alarm if you want to find out who your side have drawn.

Carabao Cup third round draw: How can I watch?

Why would you want to get up that early and see the debacle that has been the draw of the previous two rounds?

And this time there won’t be any issues that we hear of because it is NOT being televised.

Starsport will bring you complete coverage and reaction of the draw though.

Carabao Cup third round draw: Why is it in China?

The draw taking place is all part of trying to expand the competition in the Far East.

An EFL Cup spokesman said: “We understand that not everyone will agree on the timing of this week’s round-three draw, but in staging in this way, it will give the competition both the maximum exposure in the UK, Chinese and Southeast Asian markets.

“This is not only an important factor for the EFL but also our new sponsors Carabao, who, like ourselves, plan to use the growing global appeal of the competition to reach new audiences.”

Carabao Cup third round draw: When will matches be played?

Third round ties will all be played week commencing Monday, September 18th.

Carabao Cup third round draw: Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea in the hatGETTY

Carabao Cup third round draw: Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea in the hat

Carabao Cup third round draw: Ball numbers

Ball numbers will be confirmed following Wednesday’s second round ties.

The following teams have already booked their places in the third round which will consist of 32 teams.

Manchester United
Arsenal
Chelsea
Liverpool
Manchester City
Tottenham
Everton
Crystal Palace
West Brom
Aston Villa
Bournemouth
Brighton
Burton Albion
Sunderland
Doncaster
Bristol Rovers
Leeds
Middlesbrough
Swansea
Norwich
Brentford
Leicester
Bristol City
Bolton
Reading
Barnsley OR Derby
Blackburn OR Burnley
Cheltenham OR West Ham
Huddersfield OR Rotherham
Newcastle OR Nottingham Forest
Southampton OR Wolves
Stoke OR Rochdale

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