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Carabao Cup third round draw ‘alphabet error’ Newcastle vs Man City

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Treble-winners Manchester City will travel to Newcastle in the third round of the Carabao Cup.

But it could all have been very different.

The mouth watering clash was one of the pick of the ties as the sides that qualified for Europe this season including Brighton – entered the competition for Wednesday’s draw.

Carabao Cup made a error

It was the controversy of the ball numbers that had many fans talking after the third round draw was made.

Newcastle were incorrectly given ball number 20 for the draw as the numbers are issued for each team in alphabetical order – with the exception of ties still to be completed.

But it turned out Championship outfit Norwich should have been number 20 instead of the 19 they were given.

Drawn correctly, Newcastle would have gone to Fulham and Norwich would face the daunting prospect of hosting Pep Guardiola’s Man City.

An EFL statement to Express Sport read: “The League accepts that the list published as not in alphabetical order,

However, under Cup rules, the draw does not require for numbers to be allocated on that basis as is demonstrated by those teams who progressed on Wednesday night.

As a result, the EFL views the draw as completely valid with no impact to competition integrity.”

Newcastle fell just short of winning the competition last season when they beaten 2-0 in the final by Manchester United at Wembley in February.

Full Draw

Ipswich Town v Wolves

Exeter City v Luton Town

Aston Villa v Everton

Manchester United v Crystal Palace

Port Vale v Sutton United

Bradford City v Middlesbrough

Bournemouth v Stoke City

Lincoln City v West Ham

Brentford v Arsenal

Chelsea v Brighton

Salford City v Burnley

Fulham v Norwich City

Blackburn Rovers v Cardiff City

Liverpool v Leicester City

Newcastle United v Manchester City

Mansfield Town v Peterborough United

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