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It’s back… the competition that Pep Guardiola just refuses to let anyone else win! The EFL Cup gets underway with a whole host of first-round fixtures this evening but the action really starts to heat up when Premier League clubs enter the fray.
The top-flight teams not competing in Europe – hello, Arsenal – plus Championship duo Fulham and West Brom join the fun in round two, and potential banana skins await with a whole host of lower-league opposition set to progress.
Manchester City are the favourites at 5/2 in our Winner betting market to pick up the first major silverware of the season for a fifth season in a row but they don’t enter the competition until round three.
Below you’ll find all the information you need about the EFL Cup second-round draw including the date and start time.
EFL Cup 2nd Round Draw Date
The EFL Cup second-round draw takes place on Wednesday August 11 following the conclusion of the London derby between Leyton Orient and Queens Park Rangers, which kicks off at 7.45pm.
All matches in the first five rounds of the competitions go straight to a penalty shootout if the 90 minutes ends in a draw so the balls should start coming out the hat from around 9.40pm at the earliest.
EFL Cup 2nd Round Fixture Dates
The EFL Cup second-round ties are scheduled to take place in the week commencing Monday August 23. The fixtures will be split on a regional north/south basis.
EFL Cup 1st Round Fixtures and Results
Tuesday August 10
Hartlepool United 0-1 Crewe Alexandra
Barrow 1-0 Scunthorpe United
Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Morecambe
Derby County 3-3 Salford City (5-3 on Pens)
Harrogate Town P-P Rochdale
Hull City 1-1 Wigan Athletic (7-8 on Pens)
Mansfield Town 0-3 Preston North End
Oldham Athletic 2-2 Tranmere Rovers (4-3 on Pens)
Port Vale 1-2 Sunderland
Rotherham United 1-2 Accrington Stanley
Sheffield United 1-0 Carlisle United
Shrewsbury Town 2-2 Lincoln City (4-2 on Pens)
Stoke City 2-1 Fleetwood Town
Walsall 0-0 Doncaster Rovers (3-4 on Pens)
Bolton Wanderers 0-0 Barnsley (5-4 on Pens)
Cardiff City 3-2 Sutton United
Crawley Town 2-2 Gillingham (9-10 on Pens)
Birmingham City 1-0 Colchester United
Bristol Rovers 0-2 Cheltenham Town
Cambridge United 0-0 Swindon Town (3-1 on Pens)
Charlton Athletic 0-1 AFC Wimbledon
Exeter City 0-0 Wycombe Wanderers (3-4 on Pens)
Forest Green Rovers 2-2 Bristol City (6-5 on Pens)
Ipswich Town 0-1 Newport County
Millwall 2-1 Portsmouth
Peterborough United 0-4 Plymouth Argyle
Stevenage 2-2 Luton Town (3-0 on Pens)
Reading 0-3 Swansea City
Wednesday August 11
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