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Oakwell opener for Everton

Published 13/08/2015 | 22:58

Roberto Martinez must guide Everton past Barnsley if they are to stay alive in the Capital One Cup
Roberto Martinez must guide Everton past Barnsley if they are to stay alive in the Capital One Cup

Everton's latest quest to win the League Cup for the first time in their history will begin at Barnsley after the draw for the second round of the Capital One Cup sent the Toffees to Oakwell.

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The Merseysiders, who have twice been runners-up in the competition, must tackle the Sky Bet League One side that ousted Scunthorpe on Tuesday night, while 2013 winners Swansea welcome League Two outfit York to the Liberty Stadium, with ties to be played in the week commencing August 24.

Stoke are also meeting fourth-tier opposition when they visit Luton, and Northampton travel north to Newcastle, while Exeter fans chase them up the motorway to reach Sunderland's Stadium of Light.

Should England defender John Stones resist the overtures of Chelsea and remain with Everton before the transfer window closes, the cup clash will see him make his first return to his hometown club, whom the Toffees have not faced in a competitive game since February 1998.

Newly-minted Barclays Premier League club Bournemouth travel the length of the country to play Hartlepool with Watford veering west on their journey to Preston. Championship play-off final winners Norwich renew their acquaintance with second-tier Rotherham when pitching up at Carrow Road.

Of the other top-flight clubs not participating in Europe and therefore entering the draw at this stage, Aston Villa will entertain Notts County while Crystal Palace host Shrewsbury at Selhurst Park and three-time winners Leicester visit Bury.

West Brom, who have not won the trophy since 1966, go head to head with Port Vale at the Hawthorns.

Doncaster won a penalty shoot-out against Leeds to book a home meeting with Ipswich in the second round, where Walsall are paired with Brighton, Sheffield Wednesday play Oxford and Portsmouth pit their wits against Reading.

Elsewhere, last season's semi-finalists Sheffield United visit Fulham, MK Dons host Cardiff and Hull tackle Rochdale. Peterborough face Charlton, Gillingham go to Birmingham, Wolves entertain Barnet and Burton can expect a bumper crowd when Aitor Karanka's Middlesbrough come to town.

Full draw (ties to be played in the week commencing August 24 - dates and times of fixtures to be confirmed):

Aston Villa v Notts County

Walsall v Brighton

Crystal Palace v Shrewsbury

Sheffield Wednesday v Oxford

Portsmouth v Reading

Hartlepool v Bournemouth

Fulham v Sheff Utd

MK Dons v Cardiff

Hull v Rochdale

Sunderland v Exeter

Bury v Leicester

Doncaster v Ipswich

Rotherham v Norwich

Swansea v York

QPR v Carlisle

Barnsley v Everton

Peterborough v Charlton

Birmingham v Gillingham

Newcastle v Northampton

West Brom v Port Vale

Wolves v Barnet

Burton v Middlesbrough

Luton v Stoke

Preston v Watford

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