Sixteen Category One academy sides from Premier League 2 will face League One and League Two teams in the EFL Trophy this season after the draw was announced this morning.
In the South Section, last season's Premier League Cup winners West Ham United face Coventry City, Wycombe Wanderers and Northampton Town in their group, while 2013/14 Premier League 2 winners Chelsea meet Swindon Town, Exeter City and Oxford United.
The North Section sees 2015/16 PL2 runners-up Sunderland encounter Rochdale, Hartlepool United and Notts County, while the academy side of defending Premier League champions Leicester City face matches with Sheffield United, Grimsby Town and Walsall.
This is the first time that Category One sides from the new-look Premier League 2, an Under-23 competition that replaced the Under-21 Premier League this summer, will take on senior English Football League teams in a competitive tournament, with a final at Wembley Stadium at stake for the 64 teams in the draw.
For the full draw of the EFL Trophy Group Stage, as well as details of the competition format read below.
Group A: Everton, Bolton Wanderers, Cheltenham Town, Blackpool
Group B: Wolverhampton Wanderers, Chesterfield, Crewe Alexandra, Accrington Stanley
Group C: Stoke City, Bradford City, Morecambe, Bury
Group D: Blackburn Rovers, Fleetwood Town, Carlisle United, Oldham Athletic
Group E: Derby County, Port Vale, Doncaster Rovers, Mansfield Town
Group F: Sunderland, Rochdale, Hartlepool United, Notts County
Group G: Middlesbrough, Scunthorpe United, Cambridge United, Shrewsbury Town
Group H: Leicester City, Sheffield United, Grimsby Town, Walsall
Group A: Reading, Bristol Rovers, Portsmouth, Yeovil Town
Group B: Swansea City, AFC Wimbledon, Newport County, Plymouth Argyle
Group C: Chelsea, Swindon Town, Exeter City, Oxford United
Group D: West Ham United, Coventry City, Wycombe Wanderers, Northampton Town
Group E: Southampton, Charlton Athletic, Colchester United, Crawley Town
Group F: Norwich City, Peterborough United, Barnet, MK Dons
Group G: Brighton & Hove Albion, Southend United, Stevenage, Leyton Orient
Group H: West Bromwich Albion, Millwall, Luton Town, Gillingham
Category One academy teams are in
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