The second round of the Carabao Cup is yet to be fully completed yet but already thoughts are turning towards the fourth round.
Due to the condensed nature of the early rounds of this season’s competition, draws are being done one round in advance to give teams and broadcasters time to prepare for potential ties.
That means teams already know the potential outcomes of next week’s third round, and will also soon discover their prospective fourth round fate, too.
Here is all you need to know about the Carabao Cup fourth round draw.
When is the draw?
The fourth round draw takes place on Thursday evening.
It will be live on Sky Sports following the round two tie between Brighton & Hove Albion and Portsmouth which kicks off at 7.45pm.
Sky’s Laura Woods will host the draw with former Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie selecting the ties.
How will the draw work?
Due to the fact round three is yet to take place, the fourth round draw will take place on an either/or basis.
That means four teams will have the possibility of facing each other depending on the results of the third round.
When is the fourth round?
Fourth round ties are scheduled to take place on the week of September 28.
That is one week after the third round, which is due to take place next week.
Following that, the competition will resume a more normal schedule, with the fifth round not due to take place until December.
What are the ball numbers?
The EFL are yet to announce the ball numbers for the draw.
In the third round draw, ball numbers were assigned on the order second round ties were drawn out in.
If the EFL follows the same pattern, then this is what the ball numbers would be.
1 – Lincoln City or Liverpool
2 – Bristol City or Aston Villa
3 – Morecambe or Newcastle United
4 – Luton Town or Manchester United
5 – Preston North End or Brighton or Portsmouth
6 – Fulham or Sheffield Wednesday
8 – Manchester City or Bournemouth
9 – West Ham or Hull City
10 – Millwall or Burnley or Sheffield United
11 – Chelsea or Barnsley
12 – Wolves or Stoke City or Gillingham
13 – Leicester City or Arsenal
14 – West Brom or Brentford
15 – Newport County or Watford
16 – Fleetwood Town or Everton
17 – Leyton Orient or Tottenham Hotspur