Whites To Face Villa In Carabao Cup

Wanderers will face Premier League opposition in the shape of Aston Villa in the second round of the Carabao Cup.

The Whites were handed a home tie against Steven Gerrard’s side when they came out of the hat first in the northern section of the round-two draw.

Second-round games are scheduled to be played in the week commencing Monday 22 August.

The exact date of the tie at the University of Bolton Stadium and ticket information will be confirmed in due course.

Wanderers – who reached this stage by beating Salford City 5-1 on Tuesday night – last faced Villa in the Championship in the 2018/19 season.

And the last meeting in the League Cup saw the Whites beat the five-times winners 2-0 at Villa Park in September, 2011 as the side managed by Owen Coyle reached the fourth round of the competition with goals from Chris Eagles and Gael Kakuta.

The tie will also rekindle memories of Wanderers' epic home semi-final first-leg 5-2 win over the Midlanders in 2004 when 'that free-kick' from Jay Jay Okocha helped Sam Allardyce's team build up enough of an advantage to reach the final at Cardiff's Millenium Stadium.

Villa are one of 13 top-flight sides to join the competition in round two.

Carabao Cup second-round draw:

Northern Section

Bolton Wanderers v Aston Villa

Derby County v West Bromwich Albion or Sheffield United

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Preston North End

Leeds United v Barnsley

Fleetwood Town v Everton

Sheffield Wednesday v Rochdale

Tranmere Rovers v Newcastle United

Rotherham United v Morecambe

Barrow v Lincoln City

Stockport County v Leicester City

Bradford City v Blackburn Rovers

Grimsby Town v Nottingham Forest

Shrewsbury Town v Burnley

Southern Section

Stevenage v Peterborough United

Norwich City v AFC Bournemouth

Newport County v Portsmouth

Oxford United v Crystal Palace

Watford v Milton Keynes Dons

Colchester United v Brentford

Wycombe Wanderers v Bristol City

Walsall v Charlton Athletic

Crawley Town v Fulham

Cambridge United v Southampton

Gillingham v Exeter City

Forest Green Rovers v Brighton & Hove Albion

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