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EFL Cup - Group B

Posted: Mon Aug 17, 2020 6:46 pm
by Bluemike
We will get an early glimpse of Rossi's tip to do well this season as Gillingham are in our group !!
Town have been named alongside Crawley and Gillingham in Group B of the Southern section of the EFL Trophy.

They will learn their final group opponent, an U21 side from a club with a category one academy, tomorrow at 1.30pm when the draw takes place on talkSPORT 2.

The Blues will play either Crawley or Gillingham at home and the other away, while the U21 club, which will be one of Arsenal, Brighton & Hove Albion, Chelsea, Fulham, City, Southampton or West Ham United, will travel to Portman Road.

The EFL prevents U21s sides from facing their local rivals in the group stage so Town won't be be up against Norwich's youngsters.

The EFL Trophy, last season the Leasing.com Trophy but with that sponsorship having ended, gets under way in the midweek prior to the Blues’ League One opener on Saturday 12th September.

Following the September start, the second group match will be played on 6th/7th October and the third on 10th/11th November. The round of 32 will be played on 8th/9th January, the round of 16 on 12th/13th January, the semi-finals on 16th/17th February and the final on 14th March.

Last season the Blues reached the quarter-finals before being beaten 2-1 at Exeter City.

Re: EFL Cup - Group B

Posted: Tue Aug 18, 2020 6:46 am
by tangfastic
I’m not sure how many teams will take this seriously. There’s going to be a hectic league schedule (Saturday/ Tuesday), so can see lots of clubs picking weak teams that won’t want to get far in this competition.

Re: EFL Cup - Group B

Posted: Tue Aug 18, 2020 7:43 am
by hallamblue
Tbh I couldn’t give a flying one about cup competitions this season. It’s not important .

Re: EFL Cup - Group B

Posted: Tue Aug 18, 2020 7:47 am
by Bluemike
For me this is the time to play kids and fringe players so from that perspective its good as it gives them game time should they be needed to step up.

Re: EFL Cup - Group B

Posted: Tue Aug 18, 2020 2:34 pm
by tangfastic
The old gaffer thinks we’re favourites and we’d love a trip to Wembley. Cheers Hursty.... without you we wouldn’t have a chance of winning the EFL Trophy.

https://www.eadt.co.uk/sport/ipswichto ... -1-6797673

Re: EFL Cup - Group B

Posted: Tue Aug 18, 2020 2:35 pm
by derick_ipsw
Arsenal u21's join Town's group.

Re: EFL Cup - Group B

Posted: Wed Aug 19, 2020 4:19 pm
by hallamblue
Bluemike wrote:
Tue Aug 18, 2020 7:47 am
For me this is the time to play kids and fringe players so from that perspective its good as it gives them game time should they be needed to step up.
Can we do that though ? Don't we have to play a % of the senior players who played in the previous league game ( once the season gets going ) I seem to remember that from last season?

Re: EFL Cup - Group B

Posted: Wed Aug 19, 2020 5:30 pm
by Bluemike
Not sure tbh, you may well be right.