Newcastle visit Tranmere while Everton and Leeds take on League One opponents after the Carabao Cup second round draw


In the draw for the second round of the Carabao Cup, Premier League club Newcastle United, who are now the richest club in the world thanks to their owner – the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia – gave a trip to the League 2 club Tranmere Rovers.

England’s second cup competition features 13 of the 20 top-flight sides at this stage, with the remaining seven taking part in this season’s European competition coming from the third round.

The regionalised draw also saw Aston Villa and Everton meet League One sides Bolton and Fleetwood respectively, while Leeds United hosted Championship side Barnsley.

In the southern section, relegated Norwich City got a home game against newly promoted Bournemouth, while another team that emerged this year, Fulham, play second-tier Crawley.

Six first-round games were played before the draw on Wednesday night, with the most notable result being Barnsley scoring a last-minute winner to knock out Middlesbrough. Elsewhere, Blackburn defeated Hartlepool before having to travel to Bradford in the second round.

Dennis Adeniran and Sylla Sow scored as Sheffield Wednesday ended Sunderland’s 18-game unbeaten streak with a 2-0 triumph in the Carabao Cup at Hillsborough.

The result was a bit of revenge for Darren Moore’s men after losing last season’s play-off semi-finals to the Black Cats, who fielded a vastly different starting XI from the Championship weekend.

Tommy Conway’s first career brace secured Bristol City a place in the second round of the Carabao Cup with a 4-1 win over Coventry at the Pirelli Stadium.

The forward started for the Robins for the first time since May 2021, scoring a first-half brace within half an hour of Kai Naismith opening the scoring. Andreas Weimann created injury time well into injury time after Jamie Allen had conceded a goal for the hosts after 62 minutes.

The game was played at Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium after the pitch at the Coventry Building Society Arena was ruled unplayable after playing 65 Rugby 7 games in just three days during the Commonwealth Games.

Dilan Markanday scored his first senior goal as Blackburn beat Hartlepool 4-0 in the Carabao Cup. Despite starting XI with an average age of 21, the Championship leaders were far too good for their League Two opponents and never looked back after Scott Wharton put Rovers ahead in the 32nd minute. Bradley Dack and Tyrhys Dolan provided the win with goals just after the restart and Markanday rounded out the goal as Rovers confirmed their passage to the next round.

Carabao Cup second round draw in full:

Northern section:

Bolton vs Aston Villa

Derby v West Brom/Sheffield Utd

Wolves vs. Preston

Leeds vs Barnsley

Fleetwood vs Everton

Sheffield Wednesday v Rochdale

Tranmere vs Newcastle

Rotherham versus Morecambe

Barrow versus Lincoln

Stockport vs Leicester

Bradford vs Blackburn

Grimsby vs Nottingham Forest

Shrewsbury vs Burnley

Southern section:

Stevenage versus Peterborough

Norwich vs Bournemouth

Newport vs Portsmouth

Oxford vs Crystal Palace

Watford vs MK Dons

Colchester vs Brentford

Wycombe vs Bristol City

Walsall versus Charlton

Crawley vs Fulham

Cambridge vs Southampton

Gillingham versus Exeter

Forest Green vs. Brighton

Additional reporting by PA Newcastle visit Tranmere while Everton and Leeds take on League One opponents after the Carabao Cup second round draw

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