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Preview: Carabao Cup Round One

8 August 2017

Tuesday sees Round One of the 2017/18 Carabao Cup kick off, with three nights of action taking place this week.

There are 29 ties on the first night of the competition, with five more following on Wednesday night, before Bury and Sunderland bring the round of fixtures to a close on Thursday at Gigg Lane.

Competition first for Forest Green

After making their EFL bow on Saturday, Mark Cooper’s men take their first steps into the Carabao Cup, when they host Milton Keynes Dons at the New Lawn on Tuesday night.

Rovers got their Sky Bet League Two campaign under way with a 2-2 draw on home turf against Barnet, and their first test is against Robbie Neilson’s outfit from Sky Bet League One.

The Dons were narrowly edged out by Wigan Athletic in their season opener at Stadium MK, so both clubs can kickstart their campaign with a Round One victory tonight.

After eight - Luton Town

Luton hit the headlines on Sunday morning after scoring eight goals in their season opener against Yeovil Town. James Collins hit a hat-trick on his debut, but everyone played their part in a memorable afternoon at Kenilworth Road.

They are at home again on Tuesday evening, and Ipswich Town from the Sky Bet Championship are the visitors. The cameras were at Luton this time last year when another second-tier outfit, Aston Villa, went home empty handed after a 3-1 defeat.

The Tractor Boys started their season with a win and a clean sheet, so how will the Hatters’ free-scoring strike force fare against their latest opposition?

TV games

Sky Sports’ live coverage of the competition begins with the Wednesday evening clash between Colchester United and Aston Villa at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

The hosts' season started with defeat at Accrington Stanley, but they boasted an impressive home record last term. If that continues into 2017/18, it could be a tricky test for the Villans, who were knocked out by a League Two side at this stage last year.

Thursday night sees the first round of the Carabao Cup come to a close, and with it comes the second of two matches live in front of the cameras.

The action comes from Gigg Lane where Bury, on a high from their 1-0 triumph over Walsall, take on a Sunderland outfit whose Sky Bet Championship season started with a 1-1 draw against Derby County at the Stadium of Light.

Around the grounds

At the City Ground, Nottingham Forest and Shrewsbury Town face each other for the first time in the two clubs' history. Both teams come into the fixture on the back of 1-0 opening weekend wins.

The EFL caught up with Forest manager Mark Warburton ahead of the fixture.

Elsewhere, there are several other intriguing encounters, with Sky Bet Championship sides such as Derby County and Fulham travelling to Sky Bet League Two duo Grimsby Town and Wycombe Wanderers respectively.

There’s a Yorkshire derby at Valley Parade where Bradford City host Doncaster Rovers, while Preston North End will make the short journey to face near neighbours Accrington Stanley. Stanley knocked out local rivals Burnley in Round Two last year; will the Lilywhites become another Lancastrian scalp for John Coleman’s men?

AFC Wimbledon and Brentford supply a third derby of the round in the capital, with the only meeting between the London sides finishing 5-3 to the Bees in a Trophy meeting back in 2013.

Cardiff City and Portsmouth do battle in a cup fixture for the first time since 2008, when the pair met at Wembley in the FA Cup Final. It was Pompey’s afternoon back then, but they have failed to beat the Bluebirds in any of the four meetings since.

Carabao Cup Round One fixtures (7.45pm unless stated)

Tuesday 8th August 2017

Accrington Stanley v Preston North End
AFC Wimbledon v Brentford
Barnsley v Morecambe
Birmingham City v Crawley Town
Bradford City v Doncaster Rovers
Bristol City v Plymouth Argyle
Bristol Rovers v Cambridge United
Cardiff City v Portsmouth
Coventry City v Blackburn Rovers
Exeter City v Charlton Athletic
Fleetwood Town v Carlisle United
Forest Green Rovers v Milton Keynes Dons
Grimsby Town v Derby County
Luton Town v Ipswich Town
Mansfield Town v Rochdale
Millwall v Stevenage
Norwich City v Swindon Town
Nottingham Forest v Shrewsbury Town
Oxford United v Cheltenham Town
Peterborough United v Barnet
QPR v Northampton Town
Reading v Gillingham (8pm)
Rotherham United v Lincoln City
Scunthorpe United v Notts County
Sheffield Wednesday v Chesterfield
Southend United v Newport County
Wigan Athletic v Blackpool
Wolves v Yeovil Town
Wycombe Wanderers v Fulham

Wednesday 9th August 2017

Colchester United v Aston Villa (live on Sky Sports)
Crewe Alexandra v Bolton Wanderers
Leeds United v Port Vale
Oldham Athletic v Burton Albion
Sheffield Wednesday v Walsall

Thursday 10th August 2017

Bury v Sunderland (live on Sky Sports)

Appointments: Click here to see the match officials on Carabao Cup duty

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