Oakwell opener for Everton

first_imgEverton’s latest quest to win the League Cup for the first time in their history will begin at Barnsley after the draw for the second round of the Capital One Cup sent the Toffees to Oakwell. Should England defender John Stones resist the overtures of Chelsea and remain with Everton before the transfer window closes, the cup clash will see him make his first return to his hometown club, whom the Toffees have not faced in a competitive game since February 1998. Newly-minted Barclays Premier League club Bournemouth travel the length of the country to play Hartlepool with Watford veering west on their journey to Preston. Championship play-off final winners Norwich renew their acquaintance with second-tier Rotherham when pitching up at Carrow Road. Of the other top-flight clubs not participating in Europe and therefore entering the draw at this stage, Aston Villa will entertain Notts County while Crystal Palace host Shrewsbury at Selhurst Park and three-time winners Leicester visit Bury. West Brom, who have not won the trophy since 1966, go head to head with Port Vale at the Hawthorns. Doncaster won a penalty shoot-out against Leeds to book a home meeting with Ipswich in the second round, where Walsall are paired with Brighton, Sheffield Wednesday play Oxford and Portsmouth pit their wits against Reading. Elsewhere, last season’s semi-finalists Sheffield United visit Fulham, MK Dons host Cardiff and Hull tackle Rochdale. Peterborough face Charlton, Gillingham go to Birmingham, Wolves entertain Barnet and Burton can expect a bumper crowd when Aitor Karanka’s Middlesbrough come to town. Full draw (ties to be played in the week commencing August 24 – dates and times of fixtures to be confirmed): Aston Villa v Notts County The Merseysiders, who have twice been runners-up in the competition, must tackle the Sky Bet League One side that ousted Scunthorpe on Tuesday night, while 2013 winners Swansea welcome League Two outfit York to the Liberty Stadium, with ties to be played in the week commencing August 24. Stoke are also meeting fourth-tier opposition when they visit Luton, and Northampton travel north to Newcastle, while Exeter fans chase them up the motorway to reach Sunderland’s Stadium of Light. Press Association Walsall v Brighton Crystal Palace v Shrewsbury Sheffield Wednesday v Oxford Portsmouth v Reading Hartlepool v Bournemouth Fulham v Sheff Utd MK Dons v Cardiff Hull v Rochdale Sunderland v Exeter Bury v Leicester Doncaster v Ipswich Rotherham v Norwich Swansea v York QPR v Carlisle Barnsley v Everton Peterborough v Charlton Birmingham v Gillingham Newcastle v Northampton West Brom v Port Vale Wolves v Barnet Burton v Middlesbrough Luton v Stoke Preston v Watford last_img read more

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