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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

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Steel City chasers: as both United and Wednesday look to make the cut for promotion

Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday conjure classic memories from over the years, Chris Morgans tackling, brighty’s goal in the FA Cup semi final, Neil Warnock’s gesticulations, Billy Sharp’s Mr Socko Celebration, John sheridan and of course Sean bean in when Saturday comes…just me?

Chris Wilder’s side are flying high in 3rd place and are very much in the fight with Leeds and Norwich City for the Championship trophy. If results go their way the Blades could be top of the league with a win over their bitter rivals on Monday night.

The Blades are unbeaten in their last 3 matches and have won 4 of the last 5, only the crazy 3-3 draw with Aston Villa after Billy Sharps hattrick had United 3 up stops it being 5 in 5.

Star striker Billy Sharp will hope for a happier day out against the Owls Having failed to score against them in his last 5 games for Sheffield United.

Sheffield United will hopefully have defenders Jack O’Connell and George Baldock back with the former having missed the last 3 with a hamstring problem.

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Star man: Billy Sharp

Sheffield Wednesday are 12th in the table, getting into the playoffs looks a stretch as they are currently 6 points away with Derby, Bristol City and Middlesbrough all with a game in hand. This won’t stop them trying though as the Owls are in great form since Championship specialist Steve Bruce took over with 3 wins and 3 draws in his first 6 games. Steve Bruce has won 7 of the last 9 games against the Blades.

Bruce faces the club where he began his managerial career over 20 years ago, he’s a man who knows what this fixture means and he will have his players suitably up for the task, knowing a win for the Hillsborough club could put a massive dent in the blades automatic promotion hopes, an easy team talk for Bruce.

Wednesday could have defenders Morgan Fox and Jordan Thorniley Back fit after back and concussion problems.

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Star man: Adam Reach

The last 5 Steel City Derby results

Sheffield United 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0 Sheffield United 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0 Sheffield Wednesday 2 Sheffield united 4 Sheffield Wednesday 1 Sheffield United 0 Sheffield United 2 Sheffield Wednesday 2

The last 2 meetings between the 2 have ended in 0-0 draws, they haven’t had 3 straight league draws since 1993, so hopefully a passionate encounter at Hillsborough will end with a win .

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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.

Owls on International duty

Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Kieran Westwood has been forced to withdraw from the Republic of Ireland squad due to a rib injury for the upcoming games against Moldova and Wales.

The former Coventry and Sunderland stopper withdrew from Martin O’Neil’s squad on Monday. Westwood is ever improving and it is a well-known fact that O’Neil is a big supporter of the 32-year-old.

Westwood has missed the Owls last two games a 4-2 defeat in the Sheffield derby and Sundays 3-0 victory over fellow Yorkshire rivals Leeds United.

Steven Fletcher and Barry Bannan are gearing up for two crucial ties with Scotland against Slovakia and Slovenia on Thursday and Sunday still in the hope that the Playoffs are still available.

O’Neil said when speaking about Westwood “I am disappointed to lose Kieran he is an outstanding goalkeeper and a great lad to have in and around the dressing room we wish him the best of luck in his recovery”

Fletcher and Bannan did not take part in Monday’s training session at Hampden Park due to recovery time being given due to the Leeds fixture but are set to take part in today’s (Tuesdays) session.

Another Owl in International duty is young England international George Hirst as he was named in Paul Simpson’s squad for games against Czech Republic and Slovakia on Friday and Monday respectively.

Is it time for a change?

Sheffield Wednesday fans endured the agony of losing to local rivals Sheffield United in yesterday’s Steel City Derby. The Blades ran out 4-2 winners at Hillsborough thanks to goals from John Fleck, Mark Duffy and former Wednesday player Leon Clarke bagged a brace. 

After the fulltime whistle some Sheffield Wednesday fans thought that it was the end for manager Carlos Carvalhal, venting their frustrations and anger on fans forum sites.

Carvalhal took Sheffield Wednesday to the playoff semi-finals last season, but defeat against Huddersfield Town meant that they would have to endure another season of Championship football.

The Owls have started the season with just 3 victories in their opening 9 matches and currently lie in 10th place in the league table, 5 points behind rivals Sheffield United who are currently flying high in 3rd.

There were calls for the Portuguese manager to go following the playoff defeat last season, but the club came out and announced that he would be staying on as manager, and they backed their man this summer allowing him to bring in the likes of George Boyd, Joost Van Aken, and Jacob Butterfield, in hope that they would be the men to guide the club out of the Championship and back to the Premier League.

Even though there have only been 9 games of the league campaign and some football fans will say it’s far too early to be thinking about sacking a manager, some sections of the Hillsborough faithful thought yesterday was enough and want to see a change at the helm.

Sheffield Wednesday fans do you want to see Carlos Carvalhal stay or leave your football club? Let us know in the comments section…