Southampton to host Wolves in EFL Cup after confusing draw


Southampton fought back from 2-0 to level, but lost February’s final to Manchester United

Last season’s losing finalists Southampton will host Championship club Wolves in the EFL Cup second round after Thursday’s confusing live draw.

League One side Blackburn host Premier League rivals Burnley in a Lancashire derby, with the draw regionalised.

Newcastle will host Nottingham Forest, with Bournemouth away to Birmingham, among six ties with Premier League sides facing Championship opposition.

The draw initially left several sides unsure whether they were home or away.

The second-round ties will be played in the week commencing Monday, 21 August.

The seven Premier League teams involved in European competition will enter at round three.

Home or away?

Amid confusion during the live broadcast, four second-round matches were announced with the incorrect team away from home.

The ties involving seeded sides Brentford, Crystal Palace, Watford and Norwich City were initially read out with the seeded team at the opposite venue.

Further compounding matters, the television hosts appeared to forget that West Ham and Newport County were guaranteed away games, owing to being unable to play at their home grounds.

The Hammers – whose London Stadium home is being used for the World Athletics Championships – will visit League Two team Cheltenham, while Newport – whose pitch is being relaid – travel to Leeds.

Confusion also reigned in the first-round draw in June, which was streamed live from Bangkok, as Charlton were drawn against two clubs, while AFC Wimbledon were also wrongly recorded as being at home to Swindon in that round.

Second round draw – South section

QPR v Brentford*

Crystal Palace v Ipswich Town*

Watford v Bristol City*

Norwich City v Charlton Athletic*

Cheltenham Town v West Ham United**

Brighton & Hove Albion v Barnet

Cardiff City v Burton Albion

Southampton v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Fulham v Bristol Rovers

Milton Keynes Dons v Swansea City

Birmingham City v Bournemouth

Reading v Millwall

North section

Carlisle United v Sunderland

Bolton Wanderers v Sheffield Wednesday

Accrington Stanley v West Bromwich Albion

Newcastle United v Nottingham Forest

Leeds United v Newport County**

Stoke City v Rochdale

Huddersfield Town v Rotherham United

Middlesbrough v Scunthorpe United

Doncaster Rovers v Hull City

Blackburn Rovers v Burnley

Sheffield United v Leicester City

Aston Villa v Wigan Athletic

Barnsley v Derby County or Grimsby Town

*These ties were initially announced with the other team at home

**West Ham and Newport County could not be drawn at home, as per a pre-draw agreement

‘At least you’ve only got one game this time’



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