The EFL thought moving to Bangkok for the first draw would be a good idea. The coverage of the draw soon turned to farce when first the sound didn’t work, then it froze for everyone after the first team, Birmingham, was drawn. The new sponsors Carabao are based in Thailand where they make an energy drink.

To add to the confusion, the graphics showed Charlton both away to Exeter and at home to Cheltenham. It was then clarified that Oxford will be hosting Cheltenham Town, and Charlton Athletic will indeed be travelling to St James Park.

The ties will be played in week commencing 7th August. With prior agreement with the EFL Newport’s tie with Southend will be swapped to Roots Hall, while Rodney Parade gets a brand new pitch laid.

The draw in full:-

South Section

Birmingham City v Crawley Town
Exeter City v Charlton Athletic
QPR v Northampton Town
Newport County v Southend United
Bristol City v Plymouth Argyle
Cardiff City v Portsmouth
Millwall v Stevenage
Oxford United v Cheltenham Town
AFC Wimbledon v Brentford
Norwich City v Swindon Town
Bristol Rovers v Cambridge United
Peterborough United v Barnet
Wycombe Wanderers v Fulham
Colchester United v Aston Villa
Wolves v Yeovil Town
Reading v Gillingham
Forest Green Rovers v MK Dons
Luton Town v Ipswich Town

North Section

Coventry v Blackburn
Nottingham Forest v Shrewsbury
Bradford v Doncaster
Mansfield v Rochdale
Grimsby v Derby
Barnsley v Morecambe
Oldham v Burton
Wigan v Blackpool
Bury v Sunderland
Sheffield Wednesday v Chesterfield
Accrington v Preston
Fleetwood v Carlisle
Rotherham v Lincoln
Sheffield United v Walsall
Scunthorpe v Notts County
Crewe v Bolton
Leeds v Port Vale

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