The second round of the Carabao Cup is yet to be fully completed yet but already thoughts are turning towards the fourth round.
Due to the condensed nature of the early rounds of this season’s competition, draws are being done one round in advance to give teams and broadcasters time to prepare for potential ties.
That means teams already know the potential outcomes of next week’s third round, and will also soon discover their prospective fourth round fate, too.
Villa beat Burton Albion 3-1 to set up a third-round trip to Bristol City.
West Brom saw off EFL new boys Harrogate Toiwn 3-0 and now face Brentford.
Wolves play their second round tie at home to Stoke City this evening (Thursday) for the chance to host Gillingham.
Here is all you need to know about the Carabao Cup fourth round draw…
When is the draw?
The fourth round draw takes place on Thursday evening (September 17).
It will be live on Sky Sports following the round two tie between Brighton & Hove Albion and Portsmouth.
Sky’s Laura Woods will host the draw with former Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie selecting the ties.
How will the draw work?
Due to the fact round three is yet to take place, the fourth round draw will take place on an either/or basis.
That means four teams will have the possibility of facing each other depending on the results of the third round.
When is the fourth round?
Fourth round ties are scheduled to take place on the week of September 28.
That is one week after the third round, which is due to take place next week.
Following that, the competition will resume a more normal schedule, with the fifth round not due to take place until December.
What are the ball numbers?
1 Lincoln City or Liverpool
2 Bristol City or Aston Villa
3 Morecambe or Newcastle United
4 Luton Town or Manchester United
5 Preston North End or Brighton & Hove Albion/Portsmouth
6 Fulham or Sheffield Wednesday
7 Manchester City or AFC Bournemouth
8 Millwall or Burnley/Sheffield United
9 Chelsea or Barnsley
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers/Stoke City or Gillingham
11 Leicester City or Arsenal
12 West Bromwich Albion or Brentford
13 Newport County or Watford
14 Fleetwood Town or Everton
15 Leyton Orient or Tottenham Hotspur
16 West Ham United or Hull City