Carabao Cup first round: New rivals, old foes and some cases of deja vu


Salford City claimed victory in their first ever EFL game against Stevenage and will be looking to repeat the trick in their inaugural Carabao Cup tie against Leeds
Carabao Cup first round
Date: Tuesday, 13 August
Coverage: Live commentary of Salford v Leeds on BBC Radio 5 Live, plus commentary of all ties on BBC local radio; live text coverage on BBC Sport website and app from 19:15 BST

The Carabao Cup got under way last week with Portsmouth’s 3-0 win over Birmingham City, and 33 of the remaining 34 first-round ties take place on Tuesday.

BBC Sport takes a look at the stand-out games, including a bitter rivalry, a competition first-timer and a few cases of deja vu.

Salford v Leeds

Of all of the first-round ties, this is probably the one that stood out most straight away.

Salford City, co-owned by six former Manchester United players, are making their debut in the competition against a team quite well-known for their lack of affinity for the red half of Manchester.

Leeds, two-time League Cup finalists, narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League last season and have taken four points from their first two Championship games.

“Out of all of the teams in the draw, I don’t think we could have picked a bigger one to be honest,” Salford boss Graham Alexander told BBC Radio Manchester.

“I think the rivalry with the old United players does add a bit of spice to it as well. I think Gary Neville was straight on Twitter afterwards and it’s all part of the rivalry, the fun and the story of the game.

“On the day it’s about our players coming up against theirs. It’s an unbelievable test for our players.”

AFC Wimbledon v MK Dons

There was no mention of MK Dons on the front of AFC Wimbledon’s matchday programme when the two sides last met at Kingsmeadow in September 2017

AFC Wimbledon were formed in 2002 by Wimbledon FC supporters who were upset by an independent commission’s decision to allow their club to move to Milton Keynes.

The old Wimbledon FC, nicknamed the Dons, relocated in September 2003 and subsequently changed their name to MK Dons in the summer of 2004.

You can imagine, then, that the two clubs are not the best of friends.

After the last meeting between the two at AFC Wimbledon’s Kingsmeadow home in 2017, the hosts were charged with a breach of EFL regulations after they referred to the away side as Milton Keynes or MK, and did not mention them on their programme cover.

Those charges were dropped following “initial positive dialogue” between the two clubs and, in a statement shortly after June’s first-round draw,