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Capital One Cup Round 1 preview

11 August 2015

The 2015/16 Capital One Cup gets under way this week, with 36 fixtures taking place across Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The first stop on the road to Wembley sees all of the Sky Bet Championship, Sky Bet League 1 and Sky Bet League 2 teams in action, with the prospect of scalps and penalty shoot-outs adding to the potential for drama in Round 1.

Capital One Cup Round 1 fixtures (kick-off times are 7.45pm unless stated):

Tuesday 11th August

Accrington Stanley v Hull City
Blackburn Rovers v Shrewsbury Town
Brentford v Oxford United
Bristol Rovers v Birmingham City
Cardiff City v AFC Wimbledon
Carlisle United v Chesterfield
Charlton Athletic v Dagenham & Redbridge   
Colchester United v Reading
Fleetwood Town v Hartlepool United
Huddersfield Town v Notts County
Ipswich Town v Stevenage
Luton Town v Bristol City   
Millwall v Barnet   
Milton Keynes Dons v Leyton Orient
Morecambe v Sheffield United
Northampton Town v Blackpool
Nottingham Forest v Walsall
Peterborough United v Crawley Town
Plymouth Argyle v Gillingham
Port Vale v Burnley   
Rochdale v Coventry City    
Rotherham United v Cambridge United   
Scunthorpe United v Barnsley
Sheffield Wednesday v Mansfield Town
Southend United v Brighton & Hove Albion   
Swindon Town v Exeter City
Wigan Athletic v Bury
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Newport County
Wycombe Wanderers v Fulham
Yeovil Town v Queens Park Rangers
York City v Bradford City
Bolton Wanderers v Burton Albion (8pm)

Wednesday 12th August

Crewe Alexandra v Preston North End
Oldham Athletic v Middlesbrough
Portsmouth v Derby County (live on Sky Sports)

Thursday 13th August

Doncaster Rovers v Leeds United (live on Sky Sports)

Look out for...

Last season's Cup semi-finalists Sheffield United begin their Cup campaign at Morecambe. The Blades had a memorable 2014/15 run in the competition, knocking out the likes of West Ham United before running eventual finalists Tottenham Hotspur close at the last-four stage.

Hull City will feature in Round 1 for the first time in three seasons following their return to the Sky Bet Championship, and they travel to League 2's Accrington Stanley, where Josh Windass could feature against his father’s former club.

Read more: Accrington Stanley's Josh Windass excited for Hull City encounter

Queens Park Rangers and Burnley also enter the fray in Round 1, and they travel to Yeovil Town and Port Vale respectively.

The live match on Sky Sports on Wednesday is Portsmouth's clash with Derby County at Fratton Park. The pair are among the most-fancied to challenge at the top of their divisions this term, and new Rams boss Paul Clement faces a tough introduction on his Capital One Cup managerial debut.

On Thursday, there is the small matter of a Yorkshire Derby taking place, between Doncaster Rovers and Leeds United, in another game being screened by Sky Sports. The teams have met twice in the competition in recent seasons, with Leeds having come out victors on both occasions.

Read more: Capital One Cup Round 1 TV selections announced

Elsewhere in the opening round, Bristol Rovers mark their return to the Cup with a home fixture against 2011 winners Birmingham City, while Barnet also return to face Millwall.

Read more: Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke looking forward to Birmingham City test

Other Championship/League 2 match-ups see 2012 runners-up Cardiff City go to AFC Wimbledon, Brentford host Oxford United, Charlton Athletic at home to Dagenham & Redbridge and Wolverhampton Wanderers travel across the bridge to Newport County. There are also three all-Sky Bet League 1 meetings, which include Scunthorpe United versus Barnsley, Rochdale versus Coventry City and Wigan Athletic versus Bury.

Read more: Bristol City boss Steve Cotterill taking nothing for granted ahead of Luton Town test

Read more: Fleetwood Town boss Graham Alexander eyeing up lengthy Capital One Cup run

Match official appointments

The officials appointed to Capital One Cup Round 1 games have been announced.

Read more: Click here to see the Capital One Cup Round 1 appointments

Round 2 draw

The draw for Capital One Cup Round 2 matches, which see the 12 Premier League teams not involved in UEFA competitions enter, will take place upon the conclusion of Doncaster Rovers versus Leeds United on Thursday 13th August 2015.

Don’t miss it!

We’ll be providing live match updates from all of the Round 1 games in the Capital One Cup on Twitter, via @CapitalOne_Cup.

Channel 5 is the new home for competition highlights, Capital One Cup Tonight, with an hour-long programme being broadcast at 11pm on Wednesday 12th August.

Read more: Capital One Cup Round 1 highlights – Football on 5

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