Blues, U’s and O’s face tough away Carabao Cup draws

Sky Bet League Two trio, Southend United, Colchester United and Leyton Orient face tough away ties in the first round of the Carabao Cup.

The Shrimpers head across the river to face old adversaries, Gillingham, while the U’s travel to Sky bet Championship outfit, Reading.

Elsewhere, Millwall head to Crawley Town, while Charlton Athletic travel to Swindon Town. Queen’s Park Rangers are also on the road, taking the long trip to Plymouth Argyle, as are AFC Wimbledon, who go to Oxford United. Brentford have a home tie with Wycombe Wanderers

The O’s are also on the road. Ross Embleton’s side will take on fellow Sky Bet League Two side, Forest Green Rovers at the New Lawn.

Matches are set to take place over the weekend of September 5/6 although dates can be mutually agreed on an alternative date prior to the international window which begins on August 31,

Carabao Cup first-round (Northern section)

Tranmere Rover v Harrogate Town

Crewe Alexandra v Lincoln City

Walsall v Sheffield Wednesday

Rochdale v Huddersfield Town

Preston North End v Mansfield Town

Bolton Wanderers v Bradford City

Blackburn Rovers v Doncaster Rovers

Stoke City v Blackpool

Fleetwood Town v Wigan Athletic

Grimsby Town v Morecambe

Middlesbrough v Shrewsbury Town

Derby County v Barrow AFC

Scunthorpe United v Port Vale

Sunderland v Hull City

Burton Albion v Accrington Stanley

Salford City v Rotherham United

Barnsley v Nottingham Forest

Oldham Athletic v Carlisle United

Carabao Cup first-round (Southern section)

Bristol City v Exeter City

Plymouth Argyle v Queen’s Park Rangers

Swindon Town v Charlton Athletic

Forest Green Rovers v Leyton Orient

MK Dons v Coventry City

Crawley Town v Millwall

Stevenage v Portsmouth

Peterborough United v Cheltenham Town

Brentford v Wycombe Wanderers

Northampton Town v Cardiff City

Luton Town v Norwich City

Birmingham City v Cambridge United

Newport County v Swansea City

Oxford United v AFC Wimbledon

Reading v Colchester United

Gillingham v Southend United

Ipswich Town v Bristol Rovers

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Brian Jeeves

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