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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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Brexit: How will it affect the Premier League?

It comes without surprise that all 20 of the current Premier League clubs were against Brexit in the first place. With Britain set to leave the EU on March 29th, and a ‘no deal’ Brexit looming closer by the minute, what will happen to The Premier League and English football in the future? 

 

The first likely outcome of Brexit on English football is the restriction on the movement of players from Europe to the UK, and vice versa. Players will most likely have to acquire work permits when transferring from The UK to Europe. It is estimated that only 60% of all players in the top flight are UK nationals, so there is major potential of future issues within the league. The clarity of movements in the transfer market may be completely hindered, with it being harder for Premier League clubs to sign European talent, and harder for players with UK citizenship to move to European clubs. Furthermore, with the Champions League quarter finals set to take place just two weeks after the March deadline, and four out of eight teams being from the UK, how will the final three stages pan out?

 

Another potential issue Brexit may reveal regards the 1995 Bosman ruling. The Bosman ruling has made a vital development to football around Europe, allowing players to act as free agents once their contract with the club has expired. The ruling came after three separate legal cases between Jean-Marc Bosman and UEFA, The Belgian FA and Bosman’s club at the time – Royal Football Club De Liege. Bosman won his case at The European Court of Justice in 1995. With the UK departing European jurisdiction, and it no longer being a requirement to follow EU law, UK players could potentially be at risk from a lack of free movement. 

 

The FA has already made a pre-Brexit statement regarding all teams in the Football Leagues. Back in November, they stated that every roster must consist of a minimum of 12 players from a UK background. This could have a positive and negative effect on the league; forcing managers to train with a more ‘British’ based team, leading to further player development and possibly lead to a stronger English, Welsh and Scottish national teams. However, it could lead to a lack of European talent in Premier League teams. Talented players such as Van Dijk, De Bruyne, Sane and Hazard may aim to look at joining major clubs in Europe, to mitigate against the uncertainty that Brexit may bring. Premier League scouts will most likely put their focus on British talent, and the number of European players brought to the top flight could be dramatically reduced. Furthermore, more pressure may be weighted on football academies, as there is an increased need for young English talent. This would lead to the increased development of young English players, the likes of Phil Foden, Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Callum Hodson-Odoi all generated their success through excelling in their respected football academies. Could Brexit result in a breakthrough for unseen flair?

 

The main question on everyone’s mind is “Can Britain beat Brexit?” Although the outcomes still remain indistinct, it is clear that it could be rough. Lets just hope that it doesn’t tarnish our league and restrict the luminous football we are all so familiar with. 

3 players that Wigan should look to sign to secure promotion

Former Premier League regulars and FA Cup winners Wigan Athletic have had a rough ride in recent years and were relegated from the Championship last season. However, Paul Cook has brought the feel good factor back to Wigan this season as they find themselves top of the table two points clear of Shrewsbury. With fixture congestion and the fact that they could be planning for life in the Championship we have highlighted three players that Paul Cook should look to sign.

 

  1. Jorge Grant

 

Jorge Grant has been absolutely on fire for Kevin Nolan’s Notts County this season with a blistering 16 goals from 32 appearances sending the Magpies top of League two. The left winger is only 23 years of age and is on loan at Notts County from City rivals Nottingham Forest. His form will have certainly got his parent club to reconsider his position at Nottingham Forest and there are rumours that Norwich are keen too. Should Wigan be able to convince Grant to cut his loan short and join the Latics then they will certainly have a great winger with brilliant potential.

 

  1. Sebastien Bassong

31-year-old Sebastien Bassong is a former Premier League defender with Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City but he was released by the latter last season and hasn’t played since. Bassong would be a perfect signing for Wigan considering his Premier League pedigree and experience leading a back line. Even if Paul Cook used the Ivory Coast International as a squad role his experience would surely benefit the Latics’ promotion push.

 

  1. Tosin Adarabioyo

Tosin Adarabioyo has had many people talking about his potential during his time at Manchester City coming up through their academy. The 20 year-old English centre-back has seen his playing time limited under Pep Guardiola and a move to Wigan may well be what he needs to work his way up the league ladder. Paul Cook may well want to let Adarabioyo progress in this Wigan team and with his potential he could be their Premier League star in years to come.

 

Who would you like to see Wigan sign and who could they potentially offload? Let us know in the comments section below.

Checkatrade Trophy: Is The Format Working?

Last season the EFL brought in a new format for the old Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and really it hasn’t helped teams in lower leagues. The new format encourages teams in the Premier League and the Championship to submit an Under 21’s squad into the competition. So is this format still a good idea?

The final of last season’s Checkatrade trophy was between Coventry and Oxford and broke the attendance record for the competition with 74,434, but all of last season the attendance figures at games across the competition was still low, Peterborough United as an example had an attendance of 1696 at their game against Norwich Academy which is a 4,000 less then their average attendance last season.

Last season as well clubs got fined for not fielding full strength squads,  on the 16th November Luton Town and Portsmouth were fined £15,000 for breaching this rule for all three of their group games, whereas Bradford, Blackpool, Bristol Rovers, MK Dons, Millwall, Charlton, Peterborough, Sheffield United and Southend all got fined £3,000 and Fleetwood were fined £5,000. That doesn’t sound like a lot to big clubs but in lower levels it is a lot to those clubs.

The group format is a nice new addition to the competition but for me I think if you took out participation from the Under 21’s it would be a good competition for lower league clubs and will hopefully increase ticket sales for the clubs as that can help boost finances. They also need to remove the full strength squad rule as fining teams for putting different squads out isn’t fair on teams that need to make sure people in their team stay fit and get a chance to show what they’re worth.

*Feature image courtesy of EFL.com*

 

Top four games from tonight’s EFL games

With there being no Premier League action tonight with The Champions League taking over we thought we should highlight the top four games from England’s three professional leagues in action.

 

Aston Villa VS Middlesbrough 

Two former Premier League big boys face off tonight as Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa welcome Garry Monk’s Middlesbrough. Aston Villa have had a rocky start to the season as they sit in 18th place with just six points after three draws and one win from their opening six games. Middlesbrough are in the last play off spot on ten points after a solid start for Monk and The Riverside. The game will be tight and for that reason I’m predicting a 1-1 draw which will be a better result for Middlesbrough.

 

QPR VS Millwall

It’s a London derby tonight as Championship new boys Millwall travel to former Premier League club QPR. Millwall have had a tough start to the season as they only have five points from six games but as we know anything can happen in a derby. Millwall striker Tom Elliott is a doubt for the Lions after suffering an injury in training on Friday. QPR have started the season well and QPR boss Ian Holloway hasn’t lost a match against Millwall since November 2000, when his Bristol Rovers side went down 2-1 – on the scoresheet for the Lions that day was current boss Neil Harris. My prediction is 3-1 to QPR.

 

Charlton Athletic VS Wigan Athletic

It’s the battle the Athletics as Charlton host Wigan in what should be a thrilling match down in League One. Charlton are flying high in League One as they lie in second place and a win could see them go top. Karl Robinson’s side are on a roll. They look dangerous when going forward and could really hurt this Wigan side. Wigan will be hoping that they go straight back up to The Championship this season and a win at The Valley would place them well for the season. My prediction is 3-2 to Charlton as they have too much going forward.

 

Forest Green Rovers VS Lincoln City

The two new clubs in the EFL meet tonight as Forest Green Rovers host last seasons FA Cup heroes Lincoln City. Cultural club Forest Green have been making headlines recently  with their new eco-friendly stadium and vegan food menu. However, they have struggled since coming up to League Two via the National League play-offs and find themselves in 22nd place on just four points. In contrast Lincoln have had as good a start as they could’ve hoped for with nine points from six games leaving them in 11th place. The game should be a fiercely contested game but I predict that Forest Green will com out 2-1 winners.

 

Do you agree with my predictions? Are you going to a match tonight? Let us know in the comments section below…