The EFL Cup (League Cup) is known this year as the Carabao Cup due to the start of a sponsorship deal with Carabao Energy Drinks.
The tournament was unsponsored the previous year.
They have also decided to split the ties into a northern division and a southern division to save on travel costs.
Newcastle drew Nottingham Forest at home in the second round of this competition last night, after two strange games against them last season.
The most bizarre of those being when we were at the City Ground and were down to 9 men by half time and a penalty was awarded each time a red card was given.
But goalkeeper Karl Darlow brilliantly saved both penalties.
After being ahead 1-0 at the half, we lost 2-1 with a late Forest goal.
That was maybe the worst refereeing performance we have ever seen.
But there again there was that home game against Burton Albion when the referee didn’t know the rules and gave a free kick to Burton after a Newcastle player had encroached into the area for the penalty Matt Ritchie had just taken.
The referee and his three officials didn’t know that the penalty should have simply been retaken.
Such were the adventures last season in the Championship.
Here is the draw for the second round of the League Cup with the ties to be played during the week of Monday 21 August.
We should be able to reach the next round.
Birmingham City v Bournemouth
Brighton & Hove Albion v Barnet
Cardiff City v Burton Albion
Cheltenham Town v West Ham United
Crystal Palace v Ipswich Town
Fulham v Bristol Rovers
MK Dons v Swansea City
Norwich City v Charlton Athletic
QPR v Brentford
Reading v Millwall
Southampton v Wolves
Watford v Bristol City
Accrington Stanley v West Bromwich Albion
Aston Villa v Wigan Athletic
Barnsley v Derby County or Grimsby Town
Blackburn Rovers v Burnley
Bolton Wanderers v Sheffield Wednesday
Carlisle v Sunderland
Doncaster Rovers v Hull City
Huddersfield Town v Rotherham United
Leeds United v Newport County
Middlesbrough v Scunthorpe
Newcastle United v Nottingham Forest
Sheffield United v Leicester City
Stoke v Rochdale