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Watford to play Bristol Rovers in first qualifying round of new Under-21 Premier League Cup
5:36pm Monday 9th September 2013 in Sport
Watford will host Bristol Rovers in the first qualifying round of the brand new Under-21 Premier League Cup.
If the young Hornets beat Rovers, they will then face either Bournemouth or Plymouth Argyle in the second qualifying round.
The first three rounds of the inaugural competition are divided into North and South regions before the round of 16 when the draw becomes national.
Only Category 3 clubs, including Watford, are involved in the first qualifying round before Category 2 clubs enter the second qualifying round. Category 1 clubs then join the tournament in the round of 32.
If Watford were to progress past Bristol Rovers and then Bournemouth or Plymouth Argyle, they could face Category 1 clubs in the southern region, such as Arsenal and Chelsea, in the round of 32.
Due to there being an odd number of teams, one club was awarded a bye in the northern section of Qualifying Round 2. The club drawn was Nottingham Forest.
Qualifying Round 1
Burnley v Wigan Athletic
Preston North End v Hull City
Doncaster Rovers v Notts County
Bournemouth v Plymouth Argyle
Peterborough United v Colchester United
AFC Wimbledon v Gillingham
Watford v Bristol Rovers
Exeter City v Torquay United
Qualifying Round 1 matches to be played week beginning 23 September 2013
Qualifying Round 2
Crewe Alexandra v Burnley or Wigan Athletic
Derby County v Preston North End or Hull City
Coventry City v Doncaster Rovers or Notts County
Sheffield United v Birmingham City
Barnsley v Leeds United
Huddersfield Town v Sheffield Wednesday
BYE - Nottingham Forest
Queens Park Rangers v AFC Wimbledon or Gillingham
Bournemouth or Plymouth Argyle v Watford or Bristol Rovers
Swansea City v Millwall
Crystal Palace v Exeter City or Torquay
Brighton & Hove Albion v Cardiff City
Qualifying Round 2 matches to be played week beginning 21 October 2013
Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Everton, Leicester City, Manchester City, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United, Stoke City, Sunderland, West Bromwich Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers
Barnsley, Birmingham City, Coventry City, Crewe Alexandra, Derby County, Huddersfield Town, Leeds United, Nottingham Forest, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday
Burnley, Doncaster Rovers, Hull City, Notts County, Preston North End, Wigan Athletic
Arsenal, Aston Villa, Chelsea, Fulham, Norwich City, Reading, Southampton, West Ham United
Brighton & Hove Albion, Bristol City, Cardiff City, Crystal Palace, Millwall, Queens Park Rangers, Swansea City
AFC Wimbledon, Bournemouth, Bristol Rovers, Colchester United, Exeter City, Gillingham, Peterborough United, Plymouth Argyle, Torquay United, Watford
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