Little-spotted change to Carabao Cup draw could explain why Man ...

28 Sep 2023

WEDNESDAY night's Carabao Cup draw saw a little-spotted change that may explain why Manchester United got yet another home tie.

Carabao Cup draw - Figure 1
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The Red Devils set a new record by landing a 12th home cup tie in a row after drawing Newcastle in the fourth-round of the EFL competition.


Wednesday's fourth-round draw saw a little-spotted change to who drew the home teamsCredit: YouTube / Sky Sports Football


The third-round draw saw the person on the right draw the home teamsCredit: YouTube / Sky Sports Football


The same can be seen in the second-round drawCredit: YouTube / Sky Sports Football

United will face the Magpies at Old Trafford - who they beat in the Carabao Cup final last term.

Carabao Cup draw - Figure 2
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Despite Eddie Howe's side's 1-0 victory against eight-time EFL Cup winners Manchester City at St James' Park Newcastle fans were ragging.

They were fuming with their fourth-round fixture and a slight change in the draw could be the reason for it.

The draw was conducted by SkySports presenter Emma Saunders, Celtic legend Neil Lennon and former Sunderland man Don Goodman.

In the second and third-round draws the person on the left drew the home teams and the right did the away teams.

But last night it was ex-Bhoys star Lennon who standing on the right drew the home sides as he pulled out Man Utd No4 to hand them another home game.

Carabao Cup draw - Figure 3
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The tie meant United set a new record for drawing the most home ties.

The odds of the record happening, drawing 12 home ties in a row is 4,096/1 - and left many wondering if the small tweak to the draw could explain why Man Utd will host once again.

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Man Utd's extraordinary run of home fixtures dates back to a defeat at Leicester in March 2021.

United's only domestic cup match to be played away from Old Trafford in the last three years was a two-legged Carabao Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest as well as a semi-final and final in the FA Cup at Wembley.

They will now battle Newcastle in the week commencing October 30 for a place in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

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