Often unique and unpredictable, the Carabao Cup continues to fly the competition’s flag across the globe as teams discover their fate in draws held worldwide.
From Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City, the 2019/20 first round draw now stops at a popular London supermarket chain.
Live from Morrisons, Colindale at 7.00pm on Thursday 20 June, the draw will take place within a short distance from Wembley – the home of the Carabao Cup final.
Drawing the 70 balls from the hat will be footballing legend, John Barnes and former Arsenal midfielder, Ray Parlour as they select the 35 fixtures for round one, which includes EFL clubs from Carlisle all the way down to Plymouth and features debutants Salford City.
Fans will be able to watch the draw live in store and also tune in to the Carabao Cup Facebook page, while the Owls’ social media channels and official website will also bring the latest news.
John Barnes commented: “I’m delighted to be involved in the Carabao Cup round one draw this season, it’s a fantastic competition and round one is always a great occasion for fans of EFL Clubs.”
On the Carabao Cup, Ray Parlour said: “I always enjoy watching the Carabao Cup so it’s great to be involved in the draw. Hosting the draw in a supermarket as fans go about their daily lives provides them with a great opportunity to engage with the competition.”
John Luck, CMO of Intercarabao UK said: “We’re delighted to be hosting the draw later this week with the help of our friends at Morrisons. We sell lots of our great tasting low sugar energy drinks in supermarkets, so we thought why not let football fans watch the draw whilst stocking up on Carabao?
“Even better still, we’re delighted that it means we can continue to keep the Cup as inclusive as possible by giving fans the chance to come along to watch live.
“We’ve held Carabao Cup round one draws all across the globe in Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City but it feels very exciting to us to bring it back to the UK this year.”
70 EFL Clubs will feature in the first round draw which will see teams drawn in Northern and Southern sections, as in 2018.
Matches are scheduled to take place week commencing 12 August.
Huddersfield will be included, while fellow Championship newcomers Cardiff and Fulham will join the competition in the second round alongside the Premier League Clubs that are not competing in Europe.