London, United Kingdom: Manchester City will start their defence of the English Football League Cup with a third-round trip to fellow Premier League side Swansea.
City won the competition last season under Manuel Pellegrini with a penalty shoot-out victory over Liverpool after a 1-1 draw in the final at Wembley.
Now managed by Pep Guardiola, City received a bye to the third round due to their participation in the Champions League and, on the day they defeated Steaua Bucharest 1-0 to clinch their place in the group stages of Europe's elite club competition, the League Cup draw sent them to the Liberty Stadium.
City's rivals Manchester United will travel to third tier giant-killers Northampton, who shocked West Bromwich Albion in a penalty shoot-out after a 2-2 draw in the second round on Tuesday.
Chelsea face an intriguing clash at Premier League champions Leicester, while Arsenal visit second tier Nottingham Forest.
Liverpool take on second tier Derby at the iPro Stadium and Tottenham host third tier Gillingham, who enjoyed a 2-1 win at Premier League Watford in the second round.
Fourth tier Accrington's reward for their 1-0 second-round win against Premier League Burnley is a trip to West Ham.
Fulham, who defeated top-flight Middlesbrough 2-1 in the second round, take on Bristol City.
Draw for the English Football League Cup third round made on Wednesday:
Nottingham Forest v Arsenal
Leeds v Blackburn
QPR v Sunderland
West Ham v Accrington
Southampton v Crystal Palace
Swansea v Manchester City
Fulham v Bristol City
Bournemouth v Preston
Tottenham v Gillingham
Everton v Norwich
Derby v Liverpool
Northampton v Manchester United
Brighton v Reading
Newcastle v Wolves
Stoke v Hull
Leicester v Chelsea
Ties to be played in the week commencing 19 September
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Updated Date: Aug 25, 2016 11:49:49 IST