Newcastle United learn Carabao Cup dates as rule change hands advantage to Liverpool and Arsenal

Newcastle United's failure to qualify for Europe last season means the Magpies must start this year's Carabao Cup campaign in round two.

The sides that made it into either the revamped Champions League, Europa League or Europa Conference League all receive byes into round three. That was the case last term when Newcastle started in the last 32 of the competition and beat Manchester City 1-0 at St James' Park thanks to Alexander Isak's goal.

The first round draw of the competition took place today with Leeds' clash with Middlesbrough one of the highlights of the round. But Newcastle will learn their fate for round two after those first round ties in the draw for round two after August 14. Round two games will take place the week commencing August 26. The prize money for winning the Carabao Cup remains at just £100,000.

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The Magpies made it all the way to the final the last time they started off in round two when Tranmere Rovers were knocked out 2-1 in their first hurdle of the competition at Prenton Park. Last season, despite getting a bye to round three, Newcastle only made it as far as the quarter-finals when they were knocked out on penalties to Chelsea after a 1-1 draw with Kieran Trippier and Matt Ritchie missing the crucial kicks.

In a twist to the rules for next season's Carabao Cup, teams that have qualified for Europe will avoid each other in round three. So Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Aston Villa will be prevented from drawing Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Chelsea.

The new seeding rules come into play to avoid fixture congestion. The changes mean round three will be played across a two-week schedule on September 18 and 25. It has been introduced to stop European-bound teams playing three games in the space of a week.

Meanwhile, Newcastle's Under-21s were drawn in Group H of the Bristol Street Motors Trophy where they were paired with Bradford City, Mansfield Town and Rotherham United.