ROVERS TO TAKE ON CLARETS IN DERBY

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Sam Cox

THE sec­ond-round draw on Thurs­day night con­jured up a few tasty ties, in­clud­ing the East Lan­cashire derby be­tween League One new boys Black­burn and Premier League Burn­ley. There will also be a west London derby as QPR host Brent­ford. Wolves have been handed a dif­fi­cult test as they’re away to last sea­son’s fi­nal­ists, Southamp­ton. Sh­effield United en­ter­tain Le­ices­ter, while League Two Carlisle take on Sun­der­land at Brun­ton Park. Bar­net visit Premier League new­com­ers Brighton. MK Dons host topflight Swansea, while Rochdale travel to Stoke. New­port County and West Ham will both play their games away, de­spite be­ing drawn at home. Their fix­tures against Leeds and Chel­tenham re­spec­tively have been re­versed. Due to the World Athletics Championships, West Ham’s London Sta­dium won’t be ready to host matches. New­port re­quested an away tie as their re­cently re­laid pitch won’t be ready in time. Grimsby host Derby in their re­ar­ranged first-round match on Tues­day, Au­gust 22, with the win­ners vis­it­ing Barns­ley. Af­ter hic­cups with both the first and sec­ond round draws, the EFL will hope for bet­ter luck next time. The third-round draw takes place in Beijing on Au­gust 24.

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