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Carabao Cup

The Carabao Cup is back!

9 August 2022

The Carabao Cup is back as Round One continues this evening.

Cambridge United have already booked their place in Round Two, beating Millwall 1-0 when the competition got underway last week, but who will be joining them?

Here are five things to look out for in Round One...

Bantams utilise experience

Leading out the Bradford City side against his ex-employers this evening could be Bantams skipper Richie Smallwood. The former Hull City captain made the move to Valley Parade in the summer, dropping down two divisions, having been a regular for the Tigers in the Sky Bet Championship last term.

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And Mark Hughes, who won the League Cup in 1992 with Manchester United, will be at the helm for Bradford in the Yorkshire derby, looking to make his mark on the competition with the West Yorkshire team. 

Former champions on the march

The draw for Round Two of the competition will take place following the conclusion of Sheffield Wednesday’s home tie against Sunderland live on Sky Sports with the South Yorkshire side having last lifted the trophy in 1991 – one of the last Clubs outside of the top-flight to claim the silverware.

Two giants of the game, the Owls and the Black Cats – the EFL Club who progressed this furthest in the competition last year, reaching the Quarter-Final – faced off in the Sky Bet League One Play-Off Semi-Final in May when Alex Neil’s side edged Wednesday at Hillsborough before eventually winning promotion at Wembley Stadium.

A family affair

Mansfield Town boss Nigel Clough will come up against one of former teams in Derby County at the One Call Stadium in an all-Nottinghamshire clash and the Club where his dad Brian made a name for himself, leading the Rams to the Division One title in 1971/72.

Derby make the short 25-mile trip to Mansfield to face Clough’s Stags side with a place in Round Two up for grabs. The 56-year-old followed his father’s footsteps, managing Derby between 2009 and 2013 and going down as the longest-serving boss in over a decade upon his departure.

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Back in the hat

In their first League Cup tie in 12 years, EFL returnees Stockport County will travel to fellow Sky Bet League Two side Harrogate Town. The Hatters are yet to taste victory in the league but could enjoy some success in the Carabao Cup.

Stockport’s last League Cup tie came in August 2010 when they took on Preston North End and Dave Challinor, who captained Tranmere Rovers in the 2000 Final, could be the man to guide them through to Round Two.

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League rivals face off

Championship rivals West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United will hit pause on the league to lock horns in the Carabao Cup. The Blades registered their first win of the campaign against Millwall at the weekend, whilst the Baggies settled for a point against Watford on Monday evening.

The two teams last met in this competition in 1973 when West Brom ran out 2-1 winners in Round Two, and the Baggies were victorious the last time they hosted Sheffield United in the league, beating the Blades 4-0 last August.


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