Written By Jacobs Dunga
The path for Liverpool to defend their Carabao Cup trophy has been released by the EFL.
The English Football League has released the first round fixtures for the 2022/2023 Carabao Cup.
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The trophy last won by Liverpool in an enthralling penalty shootout victory over Chelsea at Wembley will see some exciting first round fixtures.
All Premier League campaigners are automatically drawn to the next round while some Championship teams are there from the off.
Norwich will be the only one of the three relegated Premier League clubs to start off from the first round having finished the league season at the foot of the table.
Other Championship sides in action include West Bromwich Albion who will face Sheffield United in a clash of Championship campaigners.
Newly Promoted Sunderland will face Sheffield Wednesday whom they beat on their way to promotion to the second tier last season.
2013 champions Swansea City are another Championship side in action from the first round as they have been drawn to travel to Oxford United.
Thirteen Premier League teams who are not playing in Europe will join the tournament in the second round alongside remaining two of the three relegated teams from the top flight.
Defending champions Liverpool will enter in the third round alongside the six other European campaigners in the Premier League.
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The first round of matches are slated to commence on August 20th at different centres across the country.
Carabao Cup first round draw
Blackburn v Hartlepool
Harrogate v Stockport
Bolton v Salford
Morecambe v Stoke
Blackpool v Barrow
West Brom v Sheff Utd
Sheff Wed v Sunderland
Grimsby v Crewe
Mansfield v Derby
Accrington Stanley v Tranmere
Middlesbrough v Barnsley
Bradford v Hull City
Rochdale v Burton Albion
Doncaster v Lincoln
Huddersfield v Preston
Shrewsbury v Carlisle
Port Vale v Rotherham
Fleetwood v Wigan
Norwich v Birmingham
Coventry v Bristol City
Northampton v Wycombe
Cardiff v Portsmouth
Charlton v QPR
Crawley v Bristol Rovers
Walsall v Swindon
Ipswich v Colchester
Luton v Newport
Reading v Stevenage
Plymouth v Peterborough
AFC Wimbledon v Gillingham
Cheltenham v Exeter
Plymouth v Peterborough
MK Dons v Sutton
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