Premier League Cup group stage draw confirmed

25 Aug 2021
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Arsenal and West Ham among eight four-team groups as Under-23 competition returns for 2021/22

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This season's Premier League Cup groups and fixtures have been confirmed, as the Under-23 competition returns for the 2021/22 campaign. 

Mirroring the format of the UEFA Champions League, the Premier League Cup consists of eight four-team groups, with each club playing their opposing teams both home and away. 

It's the first PL Cup campaign since 2019/20, when the competition was curtailed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it includes Academies from Categories 1, 2, 3 and 4. 

Clubs in the third and fourth categories have been competing in qualifiers to join the top-level Academies in the group stage.  

2021/22 Premier League Cup groups
Group Team 1 Team 2 Team 3 Team 4
A Arsenal AFC Bournemouth Southampton West Brom
B Blackburn Middlesbrough Nott'm Forest QPR
C Charlton Derby Norwich Reading
D Burnley Everton Peterborough Sheff Utd
E Leeds Mansfield Sunderland Wigan
F Exeter Swansea West Ham Wolves
G Birmingham Huddersfield Newcastle Watford
H Colchester Fulham Southend Stoke

See: All 2021/22 Premier League Cup fixtures

The Premier League Cup group stage kicks off on Thursday 2 September, when Arsenal host Southampton in Group A. Wolverhampton Wanderers entertain West Ham United on the following day. 

The top two teams from each of the eight groups progress to the knockout stages, with one-off ties from the last 16 through to the final to determine the champions.

See: Premier League Cup format explained

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