By 90Min
July 19, 2017

70 EFL clubs learned their first round for the newly renamed 'Carabao Cup' on Friday afternoon, with the opening draw for the 2017/18 league cup competition held in Bangkok, Thailand, home of the new energy drink sponsor.


Clubs were divided into 'north' and 'south' pots in a bid to minimise travelling for supporters for the midweek games, while those groups were further divided by 'seeds' and 'non-seeds'.

Sunderland took their place in the draw as a seeded northern club, although fellow relegated sides Hull and Middlesbrough will not enter until the second round with most of the Premier League.

Premier League clubs competing in Europe will join in round three.

The competition was won last season by Manchester United, then known as the EFL Cup.

Southern Ties

Birmingham City vs Crawley Town

Exeter City vs Charlton Athletic

Queens Park Rangers vs Northampton Town

Newport County vs Southend United

Bristol City vs Plymouth Argyle

Cardiff City vs Portsmouth

Millwall vs Stevenage

Oxford United vs Cheltenham Town

AFC Wimbledon vs Brentford

Norwich City vs Swindon Town

Bristol Rovers vs Cambridge United

Peterborough United vs Barnet

Wycombe Wanderers vs Fulham

Colchester United vs Aston Villa

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Yeovil Town

Reading vs Gillingham

Forest Green Rovers vs Milton Keynes Dons

Luton Town vs Ipswich Town


Northern Ties

Coventry City vs Blackburn Rovers

Nottingham Forest vs Shrewsbury Town

Bradford City vs Doncaster Rovers

Mansfield Town vs Rochdale

Grimsby Town vs Derby County

Barnsley vs Morecambe

Crewe Alexandra vs Bolton Wanderers

Oldham Athletic vs Burton Albion

Wigan Athletic vs Blackpool

Bury vs Sunderland

Sheffield Wednesday vs Chesterfield

Accrington Stanley vs Preston North End

Fleetwood Town vs Carlisle United

Sheffield United vs Walsall

Scunthorpe United vs Notts County

Rotherham United vs Lincoln City

Leeds United vs Port Vale

The 35 first round ties will be played in the week commencing 7th August.


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