By Stephen Giles
- The Carling Cup Second Round Preview
- Ties to be played in the week commencing August 25th
The draw for the second round of the Capital One Cup was made last Thursday, with 12 Premier League clubs who are not involved in Europe, entering the competition.
The tie of the round sees Everton, looking to win the League Cup for the first time in their history, begin their quest for Wembley glory with a visit to Barnsley on Wednesday night.
The Toffees, twice runners-up, must confront the League One side that beat Scunthorpe in round one, while 2013 winners Swansea welcome League Two outfit York City to the Liberty Stadium.
Premier League new boys Bournemouth make the long journey north to play Hartlepool United, with Watford heading north-west for a tricky tie against Championship outfit Preston North End.
Tim Sherwood’s Aston Villa entertain Notts County in a West Midlands v East Midlands affair, while Crystal Palace host Shrewsbury Town at Selhurst Park and three-time winners Leicester City visit Bury.
West Bromwich Albion, who have not won the trophy since 1966, go head-to-head with Midland rivals Port Vale at the Hawthorns.
Stoke go to Luton Town, while Northampton travel to Newcastle, while staying in the North-east, Exeter will look to cause an upset when they tackle troubled Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
Holders Chelsea will not be involved until the third round, along with the seven other teams who qualified for European competition – they are Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham, Liverpool, Southampton and West Ham.
Tuesday 25th August 2015
Aston Villa v Notts County
Birmingham City v Gillingham
Burton Albion v Middlesbrough
Bury v Leicester City
Crystal Palace v Shrewsbury Town
Doncaster Rovers v Ipswich Town
Fulham v Sheffield United
Hartlepool United v AFC Bournemouth
Hull City v Rochdale
Luton Town v Stoke City
Milton Keynes Dons v Cardiff City
Newcastle United v Northampton Town
Peterborough United v Charlton Athletic
Portsmouth v Reading
Preston North End v Watford
Queens Park Rangers v Carlisle United
Rotherham United v Norwich City
Sheffield Wednesday v Oxford United
Sunderland v Exeter City
Swansea City v York City
Walsall v Brighton & Hove Albion
West Bromwich Albion v Port Vale
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Barnet
Wednesdsay 26 August 2015
Barnsley v Everton
You can follow the night’s action on http://bit.ly/BritwatchFootballLS