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Carabao Cup: Round One Draw Announced

The Carabao Cup Round One draw was made on Thursday evening from Morrisons, Colindale, North West London.

There were two stand out ties from the draw with AFC Wimbledon playing MK Dons, while newly-promoted Salford City will face Leeds United.

The draw was conducted by two former England internationals in John Barnes and Ray Parlour and was split into two regions – North and South.

Huddersfield Town, the hightest-ranked team in the Northern Section, will face Lincoln City while the highest ranked Southern side, West Bromwich Albion, will face Millwall.

Every club from Sky Bet League One and League Two enter the Carabao Cup in Round One, along with 22 Championship clubs.

Only Cardiff City and Fulham – who finished 18th and 19th respectively in the Premier League last season, will enter in Round Two, alongside the clubs from the Premier League, not in European competitions.

The first round matches are scheduled to take place week commencing Monday 12thAugust, with the final due to take place on March 1, 2020.

Full Round One Draw can be seen below:

North Draw

Tranmere Rovers v Hull City

Grimsby Town v Doncaster Rovers

Wigan Athletic v Stoke City

Port Vale v Burton Albion

Nottingham Forest v Fleetwood Town

Bradford City v Preston North End

Blackpool v Macclesfield Town

Blackburn Rovers v Oldham Athletic

Mansfield Town v Morecambe

Accrington Stanley v Sunderland

Scunthorpe United v Derby County

Rochdale v Bolton Wanderers

Huddersfield Town v Lincoln City

Middlesbrough v Crewe Alexandra

Shrewsbury Town v Rotherham United

Sheffield Wednesday v Bury

Salford City v Leeds United

Barnsley v Carlisle United

South Draw

Colchester United v Swindon Town

AFC Wimbledon v MK Dons

Oxford United v Peterborough United

Queens Park Rangers v Bristol City

Plymouth Argyle v Leyton Orient

Wycombe Wanderers v Reading

Charlton Athletic v Forest Green Rovers

Gillingham v Newport County

Stevenage v Southend United

Luton Town v Ipswich Town

Walsall v Crawley Town

Bristol Rovers v Cheltenham Town

Brentford v Cambridge United

Coventry City v Exeter City

Swansea City v Northampton Town

Best Championship XI from the Weekend

Goalkeeper- 

Ben Alnwick (Bolton) 

It was hard to really pick an outstanding performance from the weekend between the sticks but Alnwick did a good job Saturday to keep Bolton in a game in which QPR really piled the pressure on.

Defenders-

Eric Lichaj (Forest)

It was a man of the match performance from the Forest full-back on Saturday against the Brewers. Lichaj scored the all-important second goal to see off the game as well as a goal-saving clearance off the line to secure three points for the Reds.

John Terry (Aston Villa) 

The veteran central defender scored a trademark header to get of the mark at Villa Park this season against Fulham Saturday. Villa now move up to fifth in the table and the former England captain played a pivotal role in getting the three points.

Michael Hector (Hull City)

Despite winning away at Oakwell on Saturday it was far from an easy day at the office for Hull who were leaped on by Barnsley across the match. Hector put in a solid display for the Tigers as they held on to the important win.

Midfielders-

Florian Jozefzoon (Brentford) 

The Dutch winger was heavily involved with all three goals in the Bees’ 3-3 draw with Sunderland at the weekend and caused them problems all afternoon. Jozefzoon was the creator of goals one and three as well as netting a stunning free kick for the second as his side came from 3-1 down to get a result against their fellow strugglers.

Paul Coutts (Sheffield United)

With how the Blades are playing at the moment it would be wrong not to represent them in this team and Paul Coutts walks in to it on the back of netting a wonderful goal at Bramall Lane Saturday. The Scottish midfielder’s first time striker gave United to lead to send them on their way to another win.

Ronaldo Vieira (Leeds United) 

After being a regular starter for Leeds last season as a 17 year-old, Vieira has not featured much this term and has showed manager, Thomas Christiansen what he’s missed with an inspiring display as Leeds cruised to victory away against Bristol City.

Samuel Saiz (Leeds United)

Second in from Leeds, is the Spanish playmaker Samu Saiz. The former Atletico Madrid man scored two well taken goals at Ashton Gate taking his tally up to eight for the season. Despite dips in form from Leeds the Spaniard continues to impress.

Forwards- 

Billy Sharp (Sheffield United)

Billy Sharp has found the form of his life since rejoining his roots at Sheffield United and continued his scoring form scoring the all-important second goal for the Blades to make it his fifth of the season.

Lewis Grabban (Sunderland) 

It hasn’t been the easiest of starts to life at the Stadium of Light for Grabban with the form that they are in and despite losing a two-goal lead at the hands of Brentford on Saturday, Grabban scored a very important brace in what was a much improved performance.

Leo Bonatini (Wolves)

Wolves definitely look a force this year and the goal scoring form of Brazilian forward Leo Bonatini has been part of their fine start to the season including two goals to see off Preston the weekend.

Is football for the fans anymore?

It’s been a crazy summer for football this year with some crazy numbers coming from the amount that clubs have spent with Neymar and Mbappe etc. The money from the new Premier League television rights deal is well and truly coming to fruition with Premier League spending and revenues on the up. Even in the Championship spending has increased with Wolves paying 14 million pounds for Ruben Neves (just one player!)

 

With all of this money you would think that this would benefit English fans who follow their teams week in week out right? It couldn’t be more wrong as the price of season tickets are going up and kick off times for matches are set to change for an international audience.

 

So this begs the question do clubs really care about their local fans who pay their money to support them through the good and the bad times?

 

The answer to that question has to be a no. English clubs are charging a monumental amount of money to go to football matches and even when they are there the cost of food and drink is extortionate.

 

Premier League newcomers Huddersfield are the only exception from that statement as their cheapest season ticket comes in at just 175 pounds which is amazing considering the start they have had. In reality Arsenal’s cheapest season ticket comes in at just over 1000 pounds. That is a ridiculous amount of money to expect from a working class fan base.

 

Even in League One Bradford City fans were charged 28 pounds at Peterborough for a pay on the gate match. 28 Pounds for an away game in League One is scandalous and shows the director that English Football has taken.

 

On top of the prices clubs have all gone into the corporate fan bases which gives people the opportunities that most fans can’t afford. An example of this is Manchester City’s new Tunnel Club which offers people the chance to meet players and get up close and personal with the management team in exchange for a hefty price. City have alienated their fan base by taking opportunities away from their traditional working class fanbase and giving them to people who can afford to pay for the privilege. It’s not just Man City who are guilty of this as it can be seen up and down the country.

 

I’m not saying that the people who go to matches in corporate hospitality are wrong because they have paid for the service and fair play to them. Whats wrong is that most English clubs no longer see their traditional fan bases as the most important.

 

Another example can be taken from the recently named Carabao Cup. The third round draw for the competition took place live from China at 4:15 AM (GMT) meaning most British fans were sleeping when their teams draw took place. A spokesman for the FSF said: “In our 2017 national supporters’ survey fans expressed increasing frustration at instances of overseas audiences apparently being prioritised over domestic supporters. Holding the draw in Beijing at that time can only increase the sense of disconnection many domestic fans feel.”

 

Do you think that English Football is losing touch with its fans and becoming corporatised? Let us know in the comments section below…