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Gillingham drawn against Reading in Carabao Cup first round

By KentOnline reporter

Gillingham will meet Reading in the first round of the Carabao Cup.

The draw for the opening round of the League Cup - now sponsored by the Thai energy drink company Carabao - was made on Friday in Bangkok.

Reading finished third in the Championship last season but missed out on promotion to the Premier League after losing the play-off final to Huddersfield.

Gills met Southend in the first round of last season's League Cup. Picture Barry Goodwin

Gills met Southend in the first round of last season's League Cup. Picture: Barry Goodwin

It was the hardest possible tie available to the Gills at this stage as relegated Hull City and Middlesbrough are not involved at this stage, along with the Premier League teams who aren’t in European competition.

Gills reached the third round of the competition last season before losing to Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

Fixtures for the new Football League season will be announced on Wednesday, June 21 and the 2017/18 campaign gets under way on Saturday, August 5.

First round draw (southern section)

AFC Wimbledon v Brentford

Birmingham v Crawley

Bristol City v Plymouth

Bristol Rovers v Cambridge Utd

Cardiff v Portsmouth

Colchester v Aston Villa

Exeter v Charlton

Forest Green v MK Dons

Luton v Ipswich

Millwall v Stevenage

Newport v Southend

Norwich v Swindon

Oxford v Cheltenham

Peterborough v Barnet

QPR v Northampton

Reading v Gillingham

Wolves v Yeovil

Wycombe v Fulham

(Ties to be played week commencing August 7)

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