The 2020/21 Carabao Cup campaign will begin with a regionalised batch of first round fixtures on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 September, kick-starting the new EFL season. Debutants Harrogate Town have been drawn to face fellow League Two outfit Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park, while National League champions AFC Barrow face a trip to Philip Cocu’s Derby County.
Following their final-day in the Championship last season, Barnsley will host Nottingham Forest in round one, while 2002 champions Blackburn Rovers were handed a favourable draw against League One side Doncaster Rovers. Hull City, relegated from the Championship last season, will face League One rivals Sunderland.
In the southern section of the draw, Brentford will host Wycombe Wanderers, while Daniel Farke’s Norwich City face a trip to Luton Town. Newly-promoted Coventry City will take a short trip to Milton Keynes Dons in the round one, while Southend United face a similarly short trip to Gillingham Town.
If both clubs agree, fixtures can be moved so that they take place before the first international break of the season – which is due to begin on Monday 31 August.
Due to fixture congestion caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Carabao Cup semi-finals will be played over one leg, rather than the two-legged format that has been used previously.
The Carabao Cup draw in full:
Tranmere Rovers vs Harrogate Town
Crewe Alexandre vs Lincoln City
Walsall vs Sheffield Wednesday
Rochdale vs Huddersfield Town
Preston North End vs Mansfield Town
Bolton Wanderers vs Bradford City
Blackburn Rovers vs Doncaster Rovers
Stoke City vs Blackpool
Fleetwood Town vs Wigan Athletic
Grimsby Town vs Morecambe
Middlesbrough vs Shrewsbury Town
Derby County vs Barrow
Scunthorpe United vs Port Vale
Sunderland AFC vs Hull City
Burton Albion vs Accrington Stanley
Salford City vs Rotherham United
Barnsley vs Nottingham Forest
Oldham Athletic vs Carlisle United
Bristol City vs Exeter City
Plymouth Argyle vs Queens Park Rangers
Swindon Town vs Charlton Athletic
Forest Green Rovers vs Leyton Orient
MK Dons vs Coventry City
Crawley Town vs Millwall
Stevenage Town vs Portsmouth
Peterborough United vs Cheltenham Town
Brentford vs Wycombe Wanderers
Northampton Town vs Cardiff City
Luton Town vs Norwich City
Birmingham City vs Cambridge United
Newport County vs Swansea City
Oxford United vs AFC Wimbledon
Reading vs Colchester United
Gillingham Town vs Southend United
Ipswich Town vs Bristol Rovers