Liverpool to visit Burton in EFL Cup

11 Aug

Manchester City

Manchester City are the current cup holders after beating Liverpool at Wembley in February

Last season’s runners-up Liverpool will begin their EFL Cup campaign away at Championship side Burton Albion.

Manchester City beat Jurgen Klopp’s side 3-1 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at Wembley to win the cup last season.

Chelsea will face either Bristol Rovers or Bristol City, while Ronald Koeman’s Everton will host League Two Yeovil.

Thirteen Premier League clubs – all of whom are seeded – join the competition in round two, as do Newcastle United and Norwich City.

The seven top-flight clubs involved in European competitions will come in for the third round.

There were also home ties for Watford, Sunderland and Crystal Palace, who begin against Gillingham, Shrewsbury and Blackpool respectively.

Bournemouth face a long midweek trip to League Two Morecambe, while Premier League newcomers Hull will visit Exeter.

All ties are to be played the week commencing 22 August.

EFL Cup second-round draw

QPR v Rochdale

Scunthorpe v Cardiff/Bristol City* (see note below)

Watford v Gillingham

Peterborough v Swansea

Everton v Yeovil

Millwall v Nottingham Forest

Sunderland v Shrewsbury

Luton v Leeds

Chelsea v Bristol Rovers/Bristol City* (see note below)

Burton v Liverpool

Blackburn v Crewe

Accrington v Burnley

Crystal Palace v Blackpool

Morecambe v Bournemouth

Preston v Oldham

Oxford v Brighton

Reading v MK Dons

Fulham v Middlesbrough

Newcastle v Cheltenham

Exeter v Hull

Derby v Carlisle

Northampton v West Brom

Wolves v Cambridge

Stevenage v Stoke

Norwich v Coventry

*Bristol Rovers’ match against Cardiff City on Thursday will affect the draw seedings. If Cardiff win, they will be seeded and will visit Scunthorpe United, with Bristol City going to Chelsea. If Bristol Rovers win, they will be unseeded and will be away to Chelsea, with Bristol City away to Scunthorpe.

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