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Carabao Cup third round ball numbers as Man Utd, Liverpool and Europe hopefuls join fray

Manchester United, Chelsea and the other Premier League heavyweights will discover their first Carabao Cup opponents of the season on Wednesday night.

Any team competing in a European competition was given a bye for the first two rounds of the tournament, which was won by Liverpool last season. They instead enter at the third round stage, which will take place at the start of November.

Seven Premier League sides in all were able to secure byes, with Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester City and West Ham joining the three teams already mentioned. Of the teams to feature in the second round, nine have so far made it through.

Fulham did though suffer a shock defeat to Crawley Town, with the Carabao Cup having a history of lower league sides progressing far into the competition. The likes of Crawley, Stevenage and Morecambe will be hoping for a glamour tie in the next round of games after progressing.

There were several upsets in the second round of games, with MK Dons easing past Watford, Derby defeating West Brom and Gillingham making it past Exeter. All of the lower league sides will be hoping to replicate Bradford City’s famous run to the final in 2013.

The Bantams defeated Wigan, Arsenal and Aston Villa as they reached Wembley, with all three having been Premier League teams at the time. That set the blueprint for other minnows hoping to make it to February’s final.

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