Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday have learned their fate as the first round of the 2018/19 Carabao Cup has been drawn.
Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United will host fellow Championship side Hull City while Wednesday travel to League One outfit Sunderland, who suffered back-to-back relegations after finishing rock bottom of the Championship last term.
The draw was made in Vietnam’s Independence Palace by Carabao Cup ambassadors Louis Saha, Dennis Wise and Steve McManaman.
The ties will be played during the week of 13 August, with 35 matches taking place across the first round.
All 92 EFL clubs will compete in the competition, with the first round regionalised into northern and southern clubs from 22 Championship sides and the whole of League One and League Two.
Swansea and Stoke City, the two remaining Championship clubs who finished 18th and 19th in last season’s Premier League respectively, enter in the second round alongside Premier League clubs not involved in either the Champions League or the Europa League.
That means holders Manchester City, who beat Arsenal 3-0 in the 2017/18 final, will enter in the third round of the competition alongside the Gunners, Burnley, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham.
The final will be held at Wembley Stadium.
This year’s competition will also experience some rule changes following a vote by all of the EFL clubs at the annual Summer Conference in Portugal.
Extra-time has been scrapped for all rounds except for the final in an attempt to reduce issues surrounding fatigue, meaning games will be go straight to penalties if they are level after 90-minutes.
The ABBA penalty system, tested for the first time last season, has also been removed, and video assistant referees (VAR) will be used in all rounds played at Premier League stadia.
Seedings for the first two rounds have also been scrapped.
First round draw in full:
- Rotherham vs Wigan
- Tranmere vs Walsall
- Crewe vs Fleetwood
- Scunthorpe vs Doncaster
- Macclesfield vs Bradford
- Grimsby vs Rochdale
- Sheffield United vs Hull
- Nottingham Forest vs Bury
- Middlesbrough vs Notts County
- Sunderland vs Sheffield Wednesday
- Leeds vs Bolton
- Carlisle vs Blackburn
- Mansfield vs Accrington
- Port Vale vs Lincoln
- Preston vs Morecambe
- Oldham vs Derby
- Shrewsbury vs Burton
- Blackpool vs Barnsley
- Millwall vs Gillingham
- Portsmouth vs AFC Wimbledon
- Cheltenham vs Colchester
- Yeovil vs Aston Villa
- Southend vs Brentford
- Reading vs Birmingham
- Wycombe vs Northampton
- Swindon vs Forest Green
- Exeter vs Ipswich
- MK Dons v Charlton Athletic
- West Brom vs Luton
- Bristol Rovers vs Crawley
- Bristol City v Plymouth Argyle
- Cambridge United v Newport County
- QPR vs Peterborough
- Oxford vs Coventry
- Norwich vs Stevenage