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Carabao Cup And Papa John's Trophy Draws To Take Place On EFL Fixture Release Day

Pompey to discover their first round opponents on Thursday

22 June 2021

As part of the EFL’s fixture release day on Thursday (June 24), the round one draws for both the Carabao Cup and Papa John’s Trophy will take place live on Sky Sports.

A day to mark in the diary of supporters up and down the country, the fixture lists across the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two will be revealed at 9am, with the cup draws completing the early-season schedule later in the day.

Carabao Cup
The Carabao Cup round one draw will take place live on Sky Sports at 3.40pm on Thursday.

A total of 35 fixtures will be drawn, which includes EFL Cup debutants Sutton United, as well as newly promoted Hartlepool United.

Sheffield United will also be included, while fellow Championship newcomers West Bromwich Albion and Fulham join the competition in round two, alongside the Premier League clubs that are not competing in Europe.

The round one draw will see teams drawn in northern and southern sections, with matches scheduled to take place in the week commencing August 9. Clubs are able to mutually agree an alternative date between July 31 and August 4.

Papa John’s Trophy
The Papa John's Trophy group stage draw will also take place live on Sky Sports at 4.30pm on Thursday.

The 16 invited U21 teams will be placed into their respective northern and southern section groups, with the 48 EFL clubs placed into pre-determined groups prior to the draw. Consideration has been given to ensure travel time is minimised and recovery time is maximised for players.

In addition, if there is a situation where two teams meet in the group stages for a second successive season, then the club who was at home in 2020/21 will play away in 2021/22. All EFL clubs will play two of their three matches at home in the group stages.

The confirmed Invited U21 teams are:

  • Arsenal
  • Aston Villa
  • Brighton & Hove Albion
  • Chelsea
  • Crystal Palace
  • Everton
  • Leeds United
  • Leicester City
  • Liverpool
  • Manchester City
  • Manchester United
  • Newcastle United
  • Southampton
  • Tottenham Hotspur
  • West Ham United
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers

The respective draws will be available to watch live on Sky Sports, with live streams also available on the Carabao Cup and Papa John's Trophy Twitter feeds and EFL.com.


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