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City await early hours draw

City fans will be setting their alarm clocks for the Carabao Cup third round draw…or waking up to the news of the club’s next opponents in the competition.

After ousting Premier League side Watford from the cup thanks to goals from Freddie Hinds, Bobby Reid and Niclas Eliasson, City enter the third round for a second season running.

The draw for the next stage will be held in Beijing, in celebration of the competition sponsors, at 4.15am UK time.

The EFL says there will be “no live coverage anywhere of the draw - on television or online - but details will be released on social media”.

A spokesman added: “We understand that not everyone will agree on the timing of this week's round three draw, but in staging in this way it will give the competition both the maximum exposure in the UK, Chinese and South East Asian markets.

“This is not only an important factor for the EFL but also our new sponsors Carabao, who, like ourselves, plan to use the growing global appeal of the competition to reach new audiences.”

Head coach Lee Johnson joked that he might have to drink a few cans from the competition sponsors in order to stay up for the draw details.

When asked by BBC Five Live who he would want in round three, he grinned: “Bristol Rovers.”

WHO COULD CITY FACE?

There is no seeding in round three, meaning the following 32 teams will simply be placed into the hat to be drawn at random. So a Bristol derby is available.

Arsenal
Aston Villa
Barnsley or Derby County
Blackburn Rovers or Bunley
Brentford
Brighton & Hove Albion
Bristol City
Bristol Rovers
Bolton Wanderers
Bournemouth
Burton Albion
Chelsea
Cheltenham Town or West Ham United
Crystal Palace
Doncaster Rovers
Everton
Huddersfield Town or Rotherham United
Leeds United
Leicester City
Liverpool
Manchester City
Manchester United
Middlesbrough
Newcastle United or Nottingham Forest
Norwich City
Reading
Southampton or Wolves
Stoke City or Rochdale
Sunderland
Swansea City
Tottenham Hotspur
West Bromwich Albion