SUNDERLAND’S reward for this evening’s Capital One Cup victory over Birmingham City is a third-round tie at home to Stoke City.
The Black Cats will entertain Mark Hughes’s side in the week beginning on September 22 as they look to repeat last season’s run to the League Cup final at Wembley.
Having seen off Gillingham yesterday evening, Newcastle United face a long trip to Crystal Palace in the third round for another all-Premier League tie.
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The Magpies entertain Palace, who today appointed Neil Warnock as their new manager, in the Premier League on Saturday, and will lock horns with the Eagles again in three weeks time.
Of the three North-East teams still left in the competition, Middlesbrough have by far the toughest task as they will travel to Anfield to face Liverpool in the third round.
Boro have seen off two League One opponents so far in the shape of Oldham and Preston, but things will get much tougher when they take on Brendan Rodgers’ men on Merseyside.
Full draw: Chelsea v Bolton, Arsenal v Southampton, West Brom v Hull, Crystal Palace v Newcastle, Leyton Orient v Sheffield United, Cardiff v Bournemouth, Sunderland v Stoke, Derby v Reading, Liverpool v Middlesbrough, MK Dons v Bradford, Manchester City v Sheffield Wednesday, Burton Albion v Brighton, Swansea v Everton, Shrewsbury v Norwich, Fulham v Doncaster, Tottenham v Nottingham Forest