As you will likely have seen, the draw for Round One of the 2017/18 Carabao Cup will be streamed live from Bangkok, Thailand on Friday 16th June at 1pm UK time with World Cup winner Emmanuel Petit amongst those involved in proceedings.
Petit will join Carabao CEO Sathien Setthasit, British Ambassador to Thailand Brian Davidson and EFL Chief Executive Shaun Harvey to unveil the 35 Round One ties.
Seventy EFL clubs will be in the draw with matches scheduled to take place week commencing 7th August. Sunderland are the only one of the three teams relegated from the Premier League included with Hull City and Middlesbrough to join in Round 2 along with all Premier League teams not competing in Europe.
The first-round 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 last season.
But what does this mean for County?
Newport County AFC are going to be represented by Ball 29. Because we are in the South – Non-Seeds group we will definitely play one of the 18 South – Seeds teams. These are as follows:
South – Seeds
1. Aston Villa
2. Birmingham City
4. Bristol City
5. Bristol Rovers
6. Cardiff City
7. Charlton Athletic
9. Ipswich Town
11. Milton Keynes Dons
12. Norwich City
13. Oxford United
14. Peterborough United
15. Queens Park Rangers
17. Southend United
18. Wolverhampton Wanderers
Where can I watch the Draw?
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 2018.