County ri­vals are kept apart in EFL Tro­phy draw

Gloucestershire Echo - - FOOTBALL -

CHEL­TENHAM Town and For­est Green have avoided each other in the EFL Tro­phy draw.

The groups for League One and Two clubs have been pre-de­ter­mined ahead of the the in­vited Premier League clubs be­ing en­tered into the draw on Friday.

The draw to de­cide which of these sides will face Chel­tenham and For­est Green will take place live on TALKSPORT as part of the Jim White show at 12.30pm.

For­est Green are in Group D with Coven­try City and Wal­sall.

The Robins will face Ex­eter City and New­port County.

In the pre­vi­ous two sea­sons, Chel­tenham and For­est Green have been paired to­gether in the groups with Rovers win­ning on both oc­ca­sions.

Pos­si­ble op­po­nents for Chel­tenham and For­est Green are Ar­se­nal, Brighton, Chelsea, Ful­ham, Nor­wich, Southamp­ton, Tot­ten­ham and West Ham.

The com­pe­ti­tion fea­tures a to­tal of 64 teams, made up of the 48 teams from League One and League Two (24 from each di­vi­sion) and 16 Cat­e­gory One academy sides.

The teams are split into 16 re­gional groups of four teams, with eight groups from the north­ern re­gion and eight from the southern re­gion.

The top two teams qual­ify for the knock­out stages, which re­main re­gion­alised un­til the quar­ter-fi­nals.

The fi­nal is played at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium, and is due to be held on Sunday, April 5, 2020.

The first round of matches takes place in the week com­menc­ing Septem­ber 2.

In the group stage, clubs are awarded three points for a win, and one point for a draw, like in their re­spec­tive leagues.

How­ever, when a game fin­ishes in a draw af­ter 90 min­utes, the two sides will com­pete in a penalty shootout, with an ad­di­tional point for the win­ners.

The knock­out stages are re­gion­alised un­til the quar­ter­fi­nals, all games are one-off ties, which will be de­cided by penal­ties if the score is level af­ter 90 min­utes, with no ex­tra time.

How­ever, the fi­nal will go to ex­tra time and penal­ties, if re­quired.

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