CARDIFF CITY TO PLAY BRISTOL ROVERS IN EFL FIRST ROUND

Cardiff City will take a very short trip to England where they will face local rivals Bristol Rovers in the first round of the EFL Cup.

The Bluebirds boss was the former boss at Bristol Rovers. Paul Trollope who is currently on national duty for Wales at the Euro 2016 in France will lead the campaign against is former team.

Cardiff will face the rovers in the opening round of the newly-branded League Cup in the forthcoming season, based on the draws. The EFL Cup draw was shown live on Facebook for the first time ever. Cardiff City were able to draw either Bristol Rovers or Newport County, amongst the other teams. The fixture means Cardiff City will return to the Memorial Stadium, where current manager Trollope spent three years a s a player before his five-year reign as manager.

Both sides have not met since 2009 when the Bluebirds knocked Rovers out of the League Cup in the second round with a 3-1 score line at the end of the day. Cardiff have not lost to Rovers in 21 years and the most recent defeat was the 1-0 loss at Ninian Park in 95 at the division two. The tie is set to hold on the week commencing August 8. The fans of both teams are excited, based on their social media posts, about the meeting.

The other pairing shows Blackburn Rovers will take on Mansfield, Barnsley will face Northampton Town, Carliste will trade tackles with Port Vale. Rotherdam will slug it out with Morecambe, Accrington Stanley will face Bradford City. Cambridge vs. Sheffield Wednesday, Derby County vs. Grimbsy, Wigan Athletic will play Oldham, Fleetwood vs. Leeds United, Burton Albion vs. Bury, Shrewsbury vs. Huddersfield town, Preston North End vs. Hartlepool and Blackpool take on Bolton Wanderers in the Northern Section of the draw. Cardiff is in the Southern section and the encounter is already looking like a cracker.

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