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Derbies feature in Premier League Cup draw

17 Aug 2017
Jake Doyle-Hayes, Aston Villa

Group stages of competition will pit Midlands teams against each other while holders Swansea will have far to travel

Derby County will face Nottingham Forest while West Bromwich Albion take on Aston Villa after the draw for the 32-team Premier League Cup group stages was made.

The Midlands match-ups are within two of the eight groups, consisting of four teams.

The top two teams from each group advance to the knockout stages. 

Elsewhere, defending champions Swansea City face some long journeys as they were drawn against Newcastle United, Burnley and Colchester United.

Portsmouth, last season's shock semi-finalists, will face Premier League 2 champions Everton, whom they beat on the way to the last four, if they beat Southend United in a qualifier. 

The PL Cup adds a competitive edge of knockout football to the regular league programme, pitting PL2 sides from Category One Academies against teams from Categories Two, Three and Four. 

Details for the Group Stage fixtures will be confirmed soon. 

Premier League Cup group stage draw

Group A

Derby County, Middlesbrough, Birmingham City, Nottingham Forest

Group B

Blackburn Rovers, Southampton, Watford, Cardiff City

Group C

Wolverhampton Wanderers, Norwich City, AFC Bournemouth/Wigan Athletic, Bury/Bristol Rovers

Group D

Swansea City, Newcastle United, Burnley, Colchester United

Group E

West Bromwich Albion, Aston Villa, Sheffield United, Ipswich Town

Group F

Everton, Leicester City, Portsmouth/ Southend United, Barnsley

Group G

Stoke City, Liverpool, Charlton Athletic, Bristol City

Group H

Sunderland, Brighton & Hove Albion, Dagenham & Redbridge/Exeter City, Hull City

Premier League Cup qualifying fixtures

22 August

Bury v Bristol Rovers, 7pm BST, Gigg Lane

23 August

Portsmouth v Southend United, 7pm BST, Havant & Waterlooville FC

5 September

Dagenham & Redbridge v Exeter City, 7pm BST, London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Stadium

Date to be confirmed

Wigan Athletic v AFC Bournemouth, time and venue TBC

See: Premier League Cup format explained

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