Reading will host Luton Town in Round Two of the Carabao Cup – the prize for the winners being a home tie against Manchester United.
The draw was made live on Sky Sports, following the conclusion of Brentford’s shoot-out win over Wycombe Wanderers in their inaugural match in their new stadium. Phil Babb, winner of the competition with Liverpool in 1995, was on duty at the Sky Sports studio to pick out all of the balls.
The format saw qualifying sides drawn against each other on an unseeded but north/south regionalised basis in Round Two, before the Round Three draw was made to decide what the winners of each tie would be playing for.
The next challenge for us in this competition is to host the Hatters – an all-Championship tie at Madejski Stadium. A Lucas João hat-trick sealed our place in the Second Round; James Collins also bagged three for Luton in their First-Round win as they knocked out recently-relegated Norwich City.
We'll be hoping for a repeat of our league meetings with Luton from last season; 3-0 winners in the early season, and 5-0 victors at Kenilworth Road after lockdown.
And if we get past the Hatters, the reward in the Third Round is another home tie… against Manchester United!
Five-times winners of the competition, the Red Devils enter at this stage due to their involvement in European competition this season.
We've met a few times in the FA Cup in recent years... it would be our first ever meeting in the League Cup, however.
Second Round ties are scheduled to take place on the week commencing 14th September, with Third Round games due to follow a week later.