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Capital One Cup Round 3 draw results: Chelsea face easy away test

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After two rounds of single-elimination matches, 84 League Cup contestants have been whittled down to just 24.  Well, technically it's 25 still as Barnsley and Everton (known as the John Stones Memorial Cup) only play tomorrow.  Regardless, the last 8 Premier League teams (those who qualified for European competition this season, so including fair-play trophy winners West Ham United) are added in at this point.  The tumbler shakes them all up, and one-by-one, they get drawn back out.

Here are the full results of the Capital One Cup Round 3 draw.

Middlesbrough vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers
Norwich City vs. West Bromwich Albion
Hull City vs. Swansea City
Leicester City vs. West Ham United
Aston Villa vs. Birmingham City
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Arsenal
Manchester United vs. Ipswich Town
Liverpool vs. Carlisle United
Crystal Palace vs. Charlton Athletic
Fulham vs. Stoke City
Sunderland vs. Manchester City
Newcastle United vs. Sheffield Wednesday
Reading vs. Barnsley or Everton
Preston North End vs. AFC Bournemouth
Walsall vs. CHELSEA
MK Dons vs. Southampton

The matches are scheduled to take place on Tuesday, September 22 and Wednesday, September 23, depending on the TV cameras.

During our winning campaign last season, Chelsea vanquished Bolton Wanderers, Strawberry Shrewsbury Town, Derby County, Liverpool, and Tottenham Hotspur.  We will begin defense of the League Cup crown away to League One Walsall, current home of ex-Chelsea youth prospect Milan Lalkovic.  They have already beaten two teams above them in the pyramid in Nottingham Forest and Brighton & Hove Albion.  Exciting!  (Though don't expect this one to be on TV when there is a Spurs vs. Arsenal matchup on tap, too ... unless the directors are banking on a giant-killing.).

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