Holders Manchester City visit Swansea, Leicester City host Chelsea in League Cup third round

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.

Manchester City and Chelsea have been handed tough assignments in EFL Cup Round 3. GettyImages

Manchester City and Chelsea have been handed tough assignments in EFL Cup Round 3. GettyImages

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

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