A thrilling week of new beginnings end with the 2018-19 Carabao Cup First Round draw. 

West Bromwich Albion enter the draw after finishing bottom of last season’s Premier League alongside newly promoted Macclesfield Town and Tranmere Rovers, who return to EFL football. 

With no seedings in play for first time, we could see some huge early clashes so which ties stand out from the rest?

 

Carlisle United v Blackburn Rovers

In a Northern section with very little ties of interest, this could very well be the best tie of them all.

Carlisle have form for producing cupsets this decade, particularly against second tier teams as Blackburn found out in August 2013 when lost on penalties, after a 3-3 draw. 

Therefore, expect a real possibility of witnessing a cupset here. 

 

Sunderland v Sheffield Wednesday

Sunderland might be in League One this season but are set to maintain majority of their squad so, can they upset Sheffield Wednesday? 

Since returning to Championship in 2012, the Owls have lost their two first round away clashes against lower league opposition. 

There has been just one previous League Cup meeting between these teams with Wednesday running out 4-2 winners in September 2001 in a second round clash. 

That however came at Hillsborough and Sunderland have struggled at home in cups against Wednesday, winning just one of three meetings on Wearside in cup competitions. 

With Jack Ross now in charge of Mackems, this match will one of those where many first team regulars will probably feature as he continues to get the squad used to his style. 

Therefore expect a tough battle between two strong teams despite a division gap. 

 

Yeovil v Aston Villa

Cash strapped Aston Villa face their first ever meeting with Yeovil Town, who will be looking for a much better start compared to last season. 

Even if the likes of Jack Grealish and Albert Adomah go over summer, defeat here will be completely humiliating for the Villains as they look to rebuild following a summer of financial turmoil. 

Yeovil meanwhile would take a cup run and can go into this under no pressure which will benefit them the longer it stays 0-0. 

Out of Southern section, this is the biggest tie with cupset written all over it. 

 

Southend United v Brentford

Southend definitely should smell cupset because Brentford have crashed out at this stage in four of last seven seasons.

In fact, the Shrimpers have won seven of the nine League Cup meetings in this fixture, despite losing their last two meetings in 1987 across a two legged first round tie. 

Brentford have a habit of starting slow which has cost them play-off opportunities in recent season, so expect them to rotate players and therefore handing Southend real belief in a cupset. 

Like the Carlisle and Yeovil games, we definitely should see a cupset here if the bigger teams slip up. 

 

 

 

 

 

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