Unseeded Pompey lined up for testing cup draw

Pompey fielded plenty of young players at Plymouth last season

Pompey fielded plenty of young players at Plymouth last season

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A tough opening draw awaits Pompey in this year’s Capital One Cup.

Guy Whittingham’s men haven’t been seeded for the competition’s first round – scheduled to be drawn on Monday, June 17.

They are among 17 clubs in the south section not to have been named seeds.

It means they could face Championship sides QPR, Birmingham, Watford, Charlton, Ipswich or Leicester.

There is also the potential to lock horns with south-coast rivals Bournemouth, now in the Championship having won promotion last season.

A clash with Brighton is another local fixture which could be on the cards when the draw is made at 9.30am.

The other teams making up that side of the draw are Brentford, Bristol City, Crawley, Leyton Orient, Millwall, MK Dons, Peterborough, Swindon and Yeovil.

Pompey are one of 70 teams in the first-round stage of the Capital One Cup, which begins on the week commencing August 5.

Reading and Wigan – who were relegated from the Premier League – will enter the draw in rounds two and three respectively.

However, as QPR finished bottom they will feature in the first round of the competition.

The Capital One Cup will take place in the first week of Pompey’s campaign, after the August 3 opener.

Fixtures for the league campaign will be published at 9am on Wednesday, June 19.

The second round of the cup will take place from August 26, while the third is from September 23.

Pompey were eliminated in the first round last season, following a 3-0 defeat at Plymouth.

The opening game of the season marked first-team debuts for no fewer than nine youngsters with the club unable to sign any players.

Those on display included the likes of Dan Butler, Jed Wallace, Sam Magri and Dan Thompson, while Bradley Tarbuck and Jack Maloney appeared as substitutes.

There were also run outs for Simon Eastwood and assistant manager Ashley Westwood.

The previous year Pompey were also knocked out by League Two opposition.

Barnet won 1-0 at Fratton Park against Steve Cotterill’s men.