Carabao Cup first round draw ball numbers as 91 clubs look to dethrone Liverpool

The draw for the first round of this year’s Carabao Cup takes place on what promises to be a busy day on Thursday (June 23).

The proceedings will come on the same day that the league fixtures for the Championship, League One and League Two are released as well as the group stage of the EFL Trophy.

The fixtures are out first, at 9am. The draw for the group stage of the Papa Johns Trophy then takes place at 11.30am, live on Sky Sports. With regards the Carabao Cup, 70 teams will be in the hat for the first round which will also be drawn live on Sky Sports at 2.30pm.

EFL newbies Stockport County will return to the competition for the first time since 2011 whilst Grimsby Town, who won the National League play-off final against Solihull Moors, are also back after a one season absence.

Of the relegated trio to come down from the Premier League, only Norwich City will be in the hat for the first round. That is because they finished 20th, with Watford and Burnley both receiving byes. Those two will enter at the second round stage along with the 13 Premier League sides not competing in Europe: Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Brentford, Brighton, Crystal Palace, Everton, Fulham, Leeds, Leicester, Newcastle, Nottingham Forest, Southampton, Wolves.

Liverpool overcame Chelsea on penalties in the 2022 final at Wembley – a win which puts them out in front on nine wins in this competition

Holders Liverpool, who overcame Chelsea in last season’s final at Wembley on penalties, will enter in round three along with the six other Premier League sides in Europe: Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and West Ham.

As ever, the draw is regionalised for the first couple of rounds. Carabao Cup Round One fixtures will take place the week commencing August 8.

Ball numbers for Carabao Cup first round draw

Northern section

1 Accrington Stanley

2 Barnsley

3 Barrow

4 Blackburn Rovers

5 Blackpool

6 Bolton Wanderers

7 Bradford City

8 Burton Albion

9 Carlisle United

10 Crewe Alexandra

11 Derby County

12 Doncaster Rovers

13 Fleetwood Town

14 Grimsby Town

15 Harrogate Town

16 Hartlepool United

17 Huddersfield Town

18 Hull City

19 Lincoln City

20 Mansfield Town

21 Middlesbrough

22 Morecambe

23 Port Vale

24 Preston North End

25 Rochdale

26 Rotherham United

27 Salford City

28 Sheffield United

29 Sheffield Wednesday

30 Shrewsbury Town

31 Stockport County

32 Stoke City

33 Sunderland

34 Tranmere Rovers

35 West Bromwich Albion

36 Wigan Athletic

Southern section

1 AFC Wimbledon

2 Birmingham City

3 Bristol City

4 Bristol Rovers

5 Cambridge United

6 Cardiff City

7 Charlton Athletic

8 Cheltenham Town

9 Colchester United

10 Coventry City

11 Crawley Town

12 Exeter City

13 Forest Green Rovers

14 Gillingham

15 Ipswich Town

16 Leyton Orient

17 Luton Town

18 Millwall

19 MK Dons

20 Newport County

21 Northampton Town

22 Norwich City

23 Oxford United

24 Peterborough United

25 Plymouth Argyle

26 Portsmouth

27 QPR

28 Reading

29 Stevenage

30 Sutton United

31 Swansea City

32 Swindon Town

33 Walsall

34 Wycombe

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