Norwich City to learn Carabao Cup first round opponents in draw from Bangkok

The Norwich players look dejected after Robbie Brady misses his penalty during last season's EFL Cup

The Norwich players look dejected after Robbie Brady misses his penalty during last season's EFL Cup fourth round defeat. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City will discover their opponents for the first round of the League Cup this afternoon.

The draw for the competition, to be known as the Carabao Cup as part of a new sponsorship deal with the Thai energy drink brand, will be made at 1pm.

City are one of the seeds for the southern section, with 70 clubs going into the hat, with Championship new boys Hull and Middlesbrough joining with the Premier League clubs in the second round.

The regionalised draw, to reduce travelling time, will pit City against one of: AFC Wimbledon, Barnet, Cambridge, Cheltenham, Colchester, Crawley, Exeter, Forest Green, Gillingham, Luton, Newport County, Northampton, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Stevenage, Swindon, Wycombe Wanderers or Yeovil Town.

The draw will be made live from Bangkok and screened online, including on the cup’s Facebook page, with the ties to be played in the week commencing August 7.

It will be the first time the Canaries have entered the competition – which they won in 1962 and 1985 – in the first round since the 2010-11 season, when Paul Lambert’s side won 4-1 at home to Gillingham thanks to braces from Grant Holt and Chris Martin.

Last season City impressively won 2-0 at Everton to progress to the fourth round, before losing on penalties at Leeds after a 2-2 draw, with Alex Pritchard, Steven Naismith and Robbie Brady seeing their efforts saved by Marco Silvestri in a 3-2 shootout loss.

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