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 Round One draw now stops at a popular supermarket chain in London.
Live from Morrisons, Colindale, at 7pm on Thursday, 20 June, the draw will take place within a short distance from Wembley Stadium – the home of the Carabao Cup Final. Conducted by two former EFL Cup winners, supporters will be able to engage with the competition as they go about their daily routine… A true modern-day supermarket sweep!
Drawing the 70 balls from the hat will be footballing legend John Barnes and Arsenal fan favourite 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 EFL Cup debutants Salford City as well as Brentford. Fans will be able to watch the draw live in store and also tune in to the Carabao Cup Facebook page, with live text updates on EFL Twitter and EFL.com.
John Barnes said: “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. They get an early glimpse of their summer signings and can be a good opportunity for families to get together and watch their local team thanks to how accessible the Cup is.”
Ray Parlour said: “I always enjoy watching the Carabao Cup so it’s great to be involved in the Round One 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 and I can’t wait to see who will be crowned Carabao Cup winners this season.”
John Luck, CMO of Intercarabao UK, said, “We’re delighted to be hosting the Carabao Cup Round One 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.”
The 2018/19 Carabao Cup competition culminated in the showpiece final held at Wembley Stadium in February. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City battled with Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea in a tight contest, in which Raheem Sterling scored the decisive penalty to see City crowned winners for a second consecutive season.
Brentford reached the Third Round last season and pushed Arsenal close at The Emirates Stadium in front of almost 8,000 travelling Bees fans. A 4-2 win at Southend United in the First Round was notable for first Brentford goals for Saïd Benrahma, Julian Jeanvier and Marcus Forss - the latter two on their debuts. Jeanvier scored again as Cheltenham Town were beaten a round later and The Bees then faced Arsenal.
A memorable Alan Judge goal was not enough to halt The Gunners but did give the travelling masses something to remember. It was the second year in succession Brentford reached the Third Round and The Bees will be looking to reach the last 16 for only the third time this year.
There will be 70 EFL Clubs in the Round One 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 Town will be included, while fellow Championship newcomers Cardiff City and Fulham join the competition in Round Two alongside the Premier League Clubs that are not competing in Europe. More details on the draw will follow this week.