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Carabao Cup Draw Numbers And EFL Trophy Groups Confirmed

Blues to face Gillingham and Leyton Orient in latter competition

21 June 2023

Carabao Cup
Club News

Carabao Cup Draw Numbers And EFL Trophy Groups Confirmed

Blues to face Gillingham and Leyton Orient in latter competition

21 June 2023

The EFL have confirmed details for Thursday's draws in the EFL Trophy and Carabao Cup.

EFL Trophy
League One and League Two clubs have been placed into pre-determined groups, with consideration given to ensure travel time is minimised.

Pompey are in Southern Group E, alongisde reigning League Two champions Leyton Orient and fourth tier side Gillingham.

The latter have Oli Hawkins and Shaun Williams in their ranks, while Kenny Jackett – who guided the Blues to Wembley glory in this competition in 2019 – is their director of football.

Pompey will face one of those clubs on home soil and one away, but there will also be another Fratton contest against an invited under-21 club.

That will be confirmed when the draw takes place live on Sky Sports News from 11.30am on Thursday.

Southern Groups

Group A Group B Group C Group D
Forest Green Charlton AFC Wimbledon Cambridge
Shrewsbury Crawley Stevenage Colchester
Walsall Sutton Wycombe Peterborough
Group E Group F Group G Group H
Gillingham MK Dons Exeter Bristol Rovers
Leyton Orient Northampton Reading Cheltenham
POMPEY Oxford Swindon Newport

Invited Clubs

No. Team
1 Arsenal U21
2 Aston Villa U21
3 Brighton U21
4 Chelsea U21
5 Crystal Palace U21
6 Fulham U21
7 Tottenham U21
8 West Ham U21

Northern Groups

Group A Group B Group C Group D
Barrow Crewe Accrington Fleetwood
Blackpool Port Vale Carlisle Tranmere
Morecambe Wrexham Harrogate Wigan
Group E Group F Group G Group H
Bolton Barnsley Derby Burton
Salford Bradford Lincoln Doncaster
Stockport Grimsby Notts County Mansfield

Invited Clubs

No. Team
1 Everton U21
2 Liverpool U21
3 Leicester U21
4 Manchester City U21
5 Manchester United U21
6 Newcastle U21
7 Nottingham Forest U21
8 Wolves U21

Carabao Cup
The Carabao Cup round one draw will take place live on Sky Sports News at 2.30pm on Thursday.

A total of 36 fixtures will be drawn, with all 72 EFL clubs, including newly promoted Notts County and Wrexham, included.

The 12 Premier League clubs not competing in Europe will join in round two, with the other eight top-flight sides entering in round three.

The round one draw will see teams drawn in northern and southern sections, with matches scheduled to take place in the week commencing August 7.

Southern Section

No. Team
1 AFC Wimbledon
2 Birmingham City
3 Bristol City
4 Bristol Rovers
5 Cambridge United
6 Cardiff City
7 Charlton Athletic
8 Cheltenham Town
9 Colchester United
10 Coventry City
11 Crawley Town
12 Exeter City
13 Forest Green Rovers
14 Gillingham
15 Ipswich Town
16 Leyton Orient
17 Millwall
18 Milton Keynes Dons
19 Newport County
20 Northampton Town
21 Norwich City
22 Oxford United
23 Peterborough United
24 Plymouth Argyle
26 Queens Park Rangers
27 Reading
28 Southampton
29 Stevenage
30 Sutton United
31 Swansea City
32 Swindon Town
33 Watford
34 Wycombe Wanderers

Northern Section

No. Team
1 Accrington Stanley
2 Barnsley
3 Barrow
4 Blackburn Rovers
5 Blackpool
6 Bolton Wanderers
7 Bradford City
8 Burton Albion
9 Carlisle United
10 Crewe Alexandra
11 Derby County
12 Doncaster Rovers
13 Fleetwood Town
14 Grimsby Town
15 Harrogate Town
16 Huddersfield Town
17 Hull City
18 Leeds United
19 Leicester City
20 Lincoln City
21 Mansfiedl Town
22 Middlesbrough
23 Morecambe
24 Notts County
25 Port Vale
26 Preston North End
27 Rotherham United
28 Salford City
29 Sheffield Wednesday
30 Shrewsbury Town
31 Stockport County
32 Stoke City
33 Sunderland
34 Tranmere Rovers
35 Walsall
36 West Bromwich Albion
37 Wigan Athletic
38 Wrexham

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