EFL Cup first-round draw will be held in Thailand

Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice, including the 87th-minute winner, against Southampton in the 2017 final

The EFL Cup first-round draw will take place on Friday - in Thailand.

Thai energy drinks firm Carabao has signed a three-year deal as sponsors of the competition won in 2016-17 by Manchester United.

All 48 League One and League Two clubs will be in the 13:00 BST draw, plus 22 of the 24 Championship teams. Hull City and Middlesbrough will not feature after finishing 18th and 19th in the Premier League this season.

Ties will be played on 8 and 9 August.

Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey will be joined by ex-Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Emmanuel Petit and Brian Davidson, the British ambassador to Thailand, for the draw in the capital Bangkok.

Jose Mourinho's United side beat Southampton 3-2 in February's final thanks to a late Zlatan Ibrahimovic goal.

The 2018 final will be at Wembley on Sunday, 25 February.

BBC

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