Date: 7th September 2016 at 4:19pm
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Under 23 sides involved in this season’s Premier League Cup now know their opposition.

The Group stage draw was announced the other day and for those with more of an eye on their potential next generation there could be some interesting clashes.

Reigning Under 21 Cup champions West Ham United face senior Premier League champions Leicester City, and it’s not just Category 1 clubs that are involved this year, the new 32 team competition also features Category 2 and 3.

The top two teams in each group will progress through to the final 16, and from the last 16 stage eac tie will be one off knockouts, with extra time and penalties the order of the day if necessary.

Like all the Under 23 changes this season, sides can feature three overage outfield players with an overage goalkeeper should they choose.

Dates and venues will be confirmed by clubs in due course once agreement has been made in their relevant fixture calendars.

Premier League Cup group stage draw:

Group A
Southampton, Newcastle United, Swansea City, Bristol City

Group B
Sunderland, Cardiff City, Blackburn Rovers, Burnley or Watford*

Group C
Manchester City, Colchester United, Derby County, Hull City

Group D
Everton, Norwich City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Portsmouth or Barnsley*

Group E
Leicester City, Brighton & Hove Albion, West Ham United, Nottingham Forest

Group F
Middlesbrough, Charlton Athletic, Fulham, AFC Wimbledon

Group G
Liverpool, Huddersfield Town, West Bromwich Albion, Ipswich Town

Group H
Reading, Sheffield United, Stoke City, Birmingham City

* – Burnley host Watford and Portsmouth face Barnsley in the Premier League Cup Qualifying Round on September 12 to determine the make up of Group’s B and D.

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