Friday 29 August 2014
The draw for the first and second qualifying rounds of the Under-21 Premier League Cup has been made, with 11 Category Three and 16 Category Two teams competing for a place in the first round proper.
The Under-21 Premier League Cup is in its second season, with Reading winning the inaugural tournament. It was introduced in 2013/14 to add an extra competitive element to the Under-21 campaign.
Hull City face fellow Barclays Premier League club Burnley in qualifying round 1, which is filled by 11 Category Three teams. Because there are six teams from the North region and five from the South, one club, Doncaster Rovers, receive a bye.
Doncaster and the five winning teams will be joined by 16 Category Two clubs in the second qualifying round. One Category Two team each from the North (Crewe Alexandra) and South (Queens Park Rangers) regions will receive a bye at this stage.
The 12 successful clubs join 19 Category One clubs in the main draw. In the round of 32 one club will receive a bye.
Qualifying round 1 ties will be played the week commencing 15 September 2014, while qualifying round 2 matches will take place on the week beginning 6 October.
All ties will be decided on the day with extra-time played if the scores are level after 90 minutes. If the scores remain tied after extra-time, a penalty shootout will be used to determine the winner.
Wigan Athletic v Preston North End
Watford v Peterborough United
Hull City v Burnley
Gillingham v Plymouth Argyle
AFC Wimbledon v Bournemouth
Bye – Doncaster Rovers
Nottingham Forest v Wigan Athletic or Preston North End
Bristol City v Watford or Peterborough United
Sheffield Wednesday v Hull City or Burnley
Cardiff City v Gillingham or Plymouth Argyle
Leeds United v Doncaster Rovers
Charlton Athletic v AFC Wimbledon or Bournemouth
Birmingham City v Sheffield United
Millwall v Colchester United
Huddersfield Town v Barnsley
Ipswich Town v Swansea City
Bye – Crewe Alexandra
Bye – Queens Park Rangers
Brighton & Hove Albion
West Bromwich Albion
West Ham United
Qualifying Round 1: Week beginning 15 September 2014
Qualifying Round 2: Week beginning 6 October 2014
Round of 32: Week beginning 24 November 2014
Round of 16: Week beginning 22 December 2014
Quarter-final: Week beginning 19 January 2015
Semi-final: Week beginning 16 February 2015
Final: Week beginning 16 March 2015
Ties will be played within 14 days of the proposed starting date of the round.