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:
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
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
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/carabao-cup-second-round-draw-fixtures-b2142703.html Newcastle visit Tranmere while Everton and Leeds take on League One opponents after the Carabao Cup second round draw