The 2018/19 EFL Cup, (nowadays known for sponsorship reasons as the Checkatrade Trophy) draw took place earlier this afternoon.
Manchester City’s EDS, due to cup competition rules will play ALL of their Group D ties away.
— Checkatrade Trophy (@CheckatradeTrpy) July 18, 2018
The exact dates and times are yet to be confirmed. However, Matchday 1 will commence on Monday 3 September 2018.
Group stages info
Clubs will be awarded 3 points for a win and 1 point for a draw.
In the event of a drawn game (after 90 minutes), a penalty shootout will be held with the winning team earning an additional point.
The top two teams will progress to the Knockout Stage.
TV coverage within the UK
Sky Sports has the exclusive rights to broadcast live Checkatrade Trophy TV games within the UK.
Crewe Alexandra – League Two
— Crewe Alexandra F.C. (@crewealexfc) July 18, 2018
Shrewsbury Town – League One
— Shrewsbury Town FC (@shrewsweb) July 18, 2018
Tranmere Rovers – League Two
CHECKATRADE TROPHY | Tranmere will play at home to Crewe Alexandra and Manchester City U21s and away to Shrewsbury Town in the group stages. Match dates TBC.
— Tranmere Rovers (@TranmereRovers) July 18, 2018
Manchester City, including other Premier League U21 sides taking part, has been restricted to fielding two players over the age of 21 and more than 40 first-team appearances.
Last season’s winners were Lincoln City.
Further details relating to the 2018/19 competition will be announced shortly.