Discover Pompey's first round opponents
Pompey will discover their EFL Cup first round opponents when the draw takes place tomorrow (June 22) afternoon.
In a first for British football, the EFL (English Football League) have joined forces with Sky Sports to live stream the draw as a Facebook Live event, providing millions of fans at home and abroad the chance to watch events unfold wherever they may be.
Round one of the renamed cup competition includes 70 of the 72 EFL clubs this season, with the draw being seeded, as well as regionalised on a north/south basis. Seedings are based on club finishing positions in the league last season.
The draw will be broadcast live from Sky Sports’ studios, with the event hosted by Tom White.
Former Manchester United, QPR and England player Ray Wilkins will be tasked with making the draw.
The activity marks the first time a major football cup draw has been streamed as a Facebook Live event.
Drew Barrand, marketing director of the EFL, said: “Facebook Live hadn’t even been launched when we did last year’s round one draw, so this really is a great opportunity for us to do something different to ensure as many fans as possible can engage with our competitions.
“The round one draw is not usually broadcast and traditionally just announced as a list, but with our Facebook network of official EFL and club pages having a combined audience of more than 15 million fans, it is a natural platform for us provide content like this.”
David Gibbs, digital director for Sky Sports and Sky News, added: “As a close partner of Facebook, we’re pleased to be working with the EFL to bring the EFL Cup draw to the platform.
“We recognise that our audience want to consume our content on lots of different platforms, so bringing this to our nine million followers on Facebook, as well our 30 million plus users on our own digital platforms, helps bring this to even bigger audience.”
Manchester City are the current holders of the EFL Cup, having beaten Liverpool in last season’s final in February.
The 2016/17 EFL Cup final, the 57th in the competition’s history, will take place at Wembley on Sunday, February 26.
Preston North End
Brighton & Hove Albion
Milton Keynes Dons
Queens Park Rangers