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CARABAO CUP FIRST ROUND DRAW: WEST BROM AWAY!

Hatters travel to Championship big guns in the week commencing 13th August

15 June 2018

The Hatters have been handed a trip to face Sky Bet Championship club West Bromwich Albion in the first round of the Carabao Cup.

The draw took place in the Independence Palace in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam this morning, with former winners of the competition Steve McManaman, Dennis Wise and Louis Saha pulling the balls out of the hat.

It will be the third season in a row that Nathan Jones has led his team into battle with one of the biggest clubs from the second tier at this stage of the competition, and his fourth successive Carabao Cup tie against Championship opposition with Aston Villa, Leeds and Ipswich having visited Kenilworth Road during his tenure so far.

Comparisons can be drawn to the 2016-17 campaign when the Town were paired with Villa immediately after their relegation from the Premier League – a fate that has befallen their West Midlands neighbours West Brom in recent weeks - and came from a goal down to win 3-1.

This time, however, the Hatters will travel to the Hawthorns to take on Darren Moore’s Baggies, with the tie scheduled to take place in the week commencing August 13th – the second week of the 2018-19 season.

Exact fixture details and ticket information will be available here on lutontown.co.uk and the club's social media channels in due course.

There are rule changes in the Carabao Cup for the coming season, including the removal of extra-time with a penalty shoot-out taking place immediately aftre 90 minutes should the scores be level.

In that event, the format of the penalty competition will revert to the traditional ABAB format, as opposed to the ABBA concept that was trialled in EFL competitions last term.

The full Round One draw, which is regionalised to minimise travelling time for supporters, is as follows...

Rotherham United

V

Wigan Athletic

Tranmere Rovers

V

Walsall

Crewe Alexandra

V

Fleetwood Town

Scunthorpe United

V

Doncaster Rovers

Macclesfield Town

V

Bradford City

Grimsby Town

V

Rochdale

Sheffield United

V

Hull City

Nottingham Forest

V

Bury

Middlesbrough

V

Notts County

Sunderland

V

Sheffield Wednesday

Leeds United

V

Bolton Wanderers

Carlisle United

V

Blackburn Rovers

Mansfield Town

V

Accrington Stanley

Port Vale

V

Lincoln City

Preston North End

V

Morecambe

Oldham Athletic

V

Derby County

Shrewsbury Town

V

Burton Albion

Blackpool

V

Barnsley

Millwall

V

Gillingham

Portsmouth

V

AFC Wimbledon

Cheltenham Town

V

Colchester United

Yeovil Town

V

Aston Villa

Southend United

V

Brentford

Reading

V

Birmingham City

Wycombe Wanderers

V

Northampton Town

Swindon Town

V

Forest Green Rovers

Norwich City

V

Stevenage

Exeter City

V

Ipswich Town

Milton Keynes Dons

V

Charlton Athletic

West Bromwich Albion

V

Luton Town

Bristol Rovers

V

Crawley Town

Bristol City

V

Plymouth Argyle

Cambridge United

V

Newport County

Queens Park Rangers

V

Peterborough United

Oxford United

V

Coventry City

 


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