Reds will discover their opponents in the first round of the 2017-18 Carabao Cup when the draw is made on Friday at 1pm.
We are in the unseeded section of the south draw and are ball no. 24 in the draw.
The draw will take place in Bangkok at the home of the competition’s title sponsor, Carabao Energy Drink, the 35 ties will be revealed by World Cup winner Emmanuel Petit, Carabao CEO Sathien Setthasit, British Ambassador to Thailand Brian Davidson and EFL Chief Executive Shaun Harvey.
The draw will be streamed live from Thailand on various platforms, including the EFL’s new live streaming platform, iFollow, on Facebook via the Carabao Cup and Carabao UK pages and SkySports.com.
Seventy EFL clubs will be in the draw with matches scheduled to take place week commencing August 7th, with recently relegated Sunderland included. However, Championship newcomers Hull City and Middlesbrough will join the competition in Round Two alongside the Premier League clubs that are not competing in Europe
The draw is also regionalised to minimise travelling time for supporters in the First Round with seeding decided by a club’s finishing position in the EFL.
Reds will be pitting their wits against one of the following teams:
Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Brentford, Bristol City, Bristol Rovers, Cardiff City, Charlton Athletic, Fulham, Ipswich Town, Millwall, Milton Keynes Dons, Norwich City, Oxford United, Peterborough United, Queens Park Rangers, Reading, Southend United, Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Nearly 1.5 million people went to matches in the EFL Cup last season as the competition recorded record-breaking attendances. Victory in the competition’s final will guarantee the winner the first piece of silverware of the domestic season and a place in the Europa League in the following campaign
This year’s final in February saw Manchester United beat Southampton 3-2 in front of over 85,000 people. The 2017/18 Carabao Cup Final, the 58th in the competition’s history, will take place at Wembley Stadium on 25th February.
Carabao, established 15 years ago in Thailand, the home of energy drinks, is a premium, great tasting energy boost, designed to give consumers the energy they need to achieve their everyday goals.
The drink takes inspiration from ‘the Carabao’, the revered Asian water-buffalo, admired for its physical power, extraordinary stamina and unbreakable spirit.
Carabao is sold in 330ml cans and currently available in four variants: Original, Sugar Free, Green Apple and Green Apple Sugar Free, with further flavour launches planned before the end of 2017.
Here’s a full list of seeding, regionalisation within the seeding groups:
North – Seeds:
Preston North End
North – Non-Seeds:
South – Seeds:
Milton Keynes Dons
Queens Park Rangers
South – Non-Seeds:
Forest Green Rovers