Group draw made for EFL Trophy

EFL Trophy
BOLTON could enjoy a return to Goodison Park after the draw for the new-look EFL Trophy was made today.

It wasn’t long ago that Wanderers regularly locked horns with Everton in the Premier League and they will face the Toffees again this season after being drawn with them in the group phase, which has been introduced as part of a trial format for this season’s competition.

The 48 League One and Two clubs were joined in the draw by 16 category one academy teams. Everton are one of 10 Premier League clubs who accepted an invitation to enter, along with six from the Championship.

Bolton and Everton were joined in Group B of the northern section by Blackpool and Cheltenham. Each club plays each other once with the top two progressing to the knock-out stages.

The Premier League and Championship clubs will each play one game at home and at least six members of their starting XI must have been under the age of 21 on June 30 this year. The fixtures haven’t been decided yet so teams are yet to discover who they’ll be hosting, and vice versa.

BURY may therefore pay a visit to Stoke City’s bet365 Stadium after being drawn with the Potters in Group C, along with League One rivals Bradford and League Two Morecambe.

ROCHDALE got the short straw in terms of travelling as they’ll face Sunderland, Hartlepool and Notts County in Group F. Fellow League One outfit OLDHAM are in Group D with Blackburn, Fleetwood and Carlisle.

The group matches take place during this season’s international breaks. The second round will be played week beginning December 5, with the final at Wembley on April 2.