Norwich City wait to learn next opponents in Carabao Cup ahead of second round draw
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Norwich City will find out who their opponents in the second round of the Carabao Cup will be when a regionalised draw is made tonight.
The draw follows Sunderland’s first round tie at Bury, a televised clash at the League One club’s Gigg Lane stadium at 7.45pm, ahead of the Black Cats heading to Carrow Road for a Championship clash with City on Sunday.
However, the EFL have only confirmed full details of the draw around five hours before it is made, confirming that it will be regionalised in the same way the first round draw was.
This means City will play one of the unseeded teams in the southern half of the draw, who are: Barnet, Birmingham City, Bristol City, Bristol Rovers, Burton Albion, Charlton Athletic, Cheltenham Town, Ipswich Town, Millwall, MK Dons, QPR or Wolves.
The second round ties are scheduled to be played the week commencing Monday, August 21, which follows a trip to Aston Villa on Saturday, August 19 for the Canaries.
The 13 Premier League clubs who have not qualified for European competitions enter the draw, with Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United and Everton entering in the third round.
However, Norwich are seeded for the draw so will not face any of the other top ranked 25 teams, which means they will not be handed a Premier League tie at this stage.
All but one of the Championship teams in action on Tuesday progressed, former City manager Alex Neil’s Preston team being the big scalp, losing 3-2 at Accrington Stanley.
Brentford, Barnsley, Birmingham, Bristol City, Cardiff, Fulham, Ipswich, Millwall, Nottingham Forest, QPR, Reading, Sheffield Wednesday and Wolves all secured safe passage to the next round on Tuesday.
Forest’s narrow 2-1 home win against League One side Shrewsbury Town featured Norwich loanee Ebou Adams making his debut in professional football, the midfielder starting and completing 83 minutes for the Shrews.
Derby’s game at Grimsby was abandoned after a first half downpour and has been rearranged for Tuesday, August 22, which will delay the resulting second round tie.
Aston Villa, Bolton, Leeds, Burton and Sheffield United also sealed their progress on Wednesday evening.
Norwich knocked out League Two side Swindon at Carrow Road, thanks to a narrow 3-2 victory through goals from Cameron Jerome, Wes Hoolahan and James Maddison. It was the first time the Canaries had entered the competition – which they won in 1962 and 1985 – in the first round since 2010, when Paul Lambert’s side won 4-1 at home to Gillingham.
Last season City impressively won 2-0 at Everton to progress to the fourth round, before losing on penalties at Leeds after a 2-2 draw.
Check back to pinkun.com straight after the draw for full details and reaction