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When is the Carabao Cup third round draw?

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Manchester City’s defence of the Carabao Cup will get underway in next month’s third round.

The second round matches take place today and tomorrow, with 13 Premier League clubs involved.

However City  – along with the six other top-flight teams involved in European competition – won't join until the third round, the draw for which takes place later this week.

Here's all you need to know about the Carabao Cup ahead of the draw...

When and where does the draw take place?

The Carabao Cup third round draw will take place on Thursday August 30.

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It will be held at Sky Sports Studios in Isleworth, London.

What time does the draw take place?

The draw will take place after 7pm.

How can you follow the draw?

We will be bringing you all the details as they happen here on www.mancity.com

You can also watch the draw live on Sky Sports Football.

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It will take place during the EFL Matters show, which starts at 7pm.

Key dates

Round two: Week commencing Monday 27 August

Round three (City enter): Week commencing Monday 24 September

Round four: Week commencing Monday 29 October

Quarter-finals: Week commencing Monday 17 December

Semi-finals: Week commencing Monday 7 January and Monday 21 January

Final: Sunday 24 February

Rule changes

No extra time

In the event of a draw in 90 minutes, matches (including the semi-finals, which were previously decided by an Away Goals Ruling if scores were level on aggregate after the second leg) will now go straight to penalties, in a bid to reduce the risk of fatigue and encourage teams to field stronger sides.

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Extra time would come into effect if the Final ended as a draw after 90 minutes.

VAR

Last season, for the first time, a Video Assistant Referee was employed in the semi-finals and Final. This term, it will be used in all rounds played at Premier League grounds.

Penalty shoot-out format

Shoot-outs will no longer employ the ABBA format, and will instead revert back to the traditional ABAB system.

Bookings

Until now, five bookings in all domestic competitions would contribute to a one-match ban. However, the ruling has been amended to exclude League Cup cautions, which will only be relevant to that competition.

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