Could Sunderland face Leeds or Middlesbrough? What fans NEED to know about tonight's Carabao Cup draw

The draw for the first round of this season’s Carabao Cup takes place tonight - here, we explain everything supporters need to know about the competition Sunderland reached the final of during the 2013/14 season.

Thursday, 20th June 2019, 13:16 pm
Updated Thursday, 20th June 2019, 13:15 pm
Everything fans need to know as Sunderland enter the draw for the Carabao Cup first round tonight.

What format does the tournament take?

The 70 team strong draw is split in half into two regions at this stage - north and south - with Sunderland in the northern section. The draw will be made by previous winners John Barnes and Ray Parlour.

Who could Sunderland face and what number are they in the draw?

Jack Ross’ men - No.34 - and could face any northern team from the Championship, League One or League Two - including No. 17 Leeds United and Middlesbrough, who are No. 21 in the draw.

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Sheffield Wednesday, the side who knocked Sunderland out of last year’s competition, are back again… so watch out for No. 31 as the balls are being pulled out of the bag.

The highest-ranked teams in the north that the Black Cats could play are recently relegated Huddersfield Town at No.15, and beaten Playoff finalists Derby County, at No.11. EFL new boys Salford City - No. 29 - feature for the first time in their history.

Where’s the draw taking place and can I watch it?

You’ll be able to follow the draw live from a Morrisons in Colindale near Wembley via the Carabao Cup’s Facebook page at 7pm - no tv coverage has been confirmed but we’ll have updates over on the Sunderland Echo website and social media pages.

What are the other teams numbers?

North

1. Accrington Stanley

2. Barnsley

3. Blackburn Rovers

4. Blackpool

5. Bolton Wanderers

6. Bradford City

7. Burton Albion

8. Bury

9. Carlisle United

10. Crewe Alexandra

11. Derby County

12. Doncaster Rovers

13. Fleetwood Town

14. Grimsby Town

15. Huddersfield Town

16. Hull City

17. Leeds United

18. Lincoln City

19. Macclesfield Town

20. Mansfield Town

21. Middlesbrough

22. Morecambe

23. Nottingham Forest

24. Oldham Athletic

25. Port Vale

26. Preston North End

27. Rochdale

28. Rotherham United

29. Salford City

30. Scunthorpe United

31. Sheffield Wednesday

32. Shrewsbury Town

33. Stoke City

34. Sunderland

35. Tranmere Rovers

36. Wigan Athletic

South

1. AFC Wimbledon

2. Birmingham City

3. Brentford

4. Bristol City

5. Bristol Rovers

6. Cambridge United

7. Charlton Athletic

8. Cheltenham Town

9. Colchester United

10. Coventry City

11. Crawley Town

12. Exeter City

13. Forest Green Rovers

14. Gillingham

15. Ipswich Town

16. Leyton Orient

17. Luton Town

18. Millwall

19. Milton Keynes Dons

20. Newport County

21. Northampton Town

22. Oxford United

23. Peterborough United

24. Plymouth Argyle

25. Portsmouth

26. Queens Park Rangers

27. Reading

28. Southend United

29. Stevenage

30. Swansea City

31. Swindon Town

32. Walsall

33. West Bromwich Albion

34. Wycombe Wanderers