Leeds United to host Port Vale in Carabao Cup

Hadi Sacko moves past Sadio Mane and Emre Can in last year's League Cup defeat at Anfield last season.  Picture: Bruce Rollinson.
Hadi Sacko moves past Sadio Mane and Emre Can in last year's League Cup defeat at Anfield last season. Picture: Bruce Rollinson.
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LEEDS UNITED will face Michael Brown’s Port Vale in the first round of the rebranded Carabao Cup next season.

United were handed a home tie during the EFL’s draw in Bangkok today and will host Brown’s League Two Vale side during the week commencing Monday, August 7.

The tie will be new Leeds head coach Thomas Christiansen’s first taste of knockout football in England while Brown, the retired midfielder who played for Leeds between 2011 and 2014, is making his first steps into management after being named as Vale’s new boss last month.

Today’s draw, however, was marred by confusion after Charlton Athletic appeared twice in the final list of first-round matches.

The London club were shown to be away to Exeter City and at home to Cheltenham Town. It has since been confirmed that Oxford United will Cheltenham in the opening stage.

The EFL has split the opening round of the League Cup into northern and southern sections. Leeds were among the seeded clubs in the northern section.

After the draw, the EFL apologised for a number of third party technical issues that affected live, online coverage of the draw in Bangkok.

The statement read: “There were inaccuracies – as a result of human error - in the live graphics output that resulted in confusion and incorrect ties being displayed on screen.

In addition, some users did experience difficulties in accessing the stream on certain external platforms. Both issues are currently under investigation.

The EFL can confirm that the draw was not compromised in any way and all Clubs have received confirmation of their Round One ties.”

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