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Gillingham find out dates for the 2020/21 season including Carabao Cup and EFL Trophy draws and fixture release day

The EFL have released the key dates for the 2020/21 season - including fixture release day.

Gillingham will kick start their new campaign with a first round Carabao Cup tie, which will be played on Saturday, September 5, dependent on international commitments. The league campaign gets underway the following Saturday.

Jack Tucker in action for the Gills against Sunderland last season Picture: Ady Kerry
Jack Tucker in action for the Gills against Sunderland last season Picture: Ady Kerry

The fixtures for the new season will be released on Friday, August 21.

Before that date, the Gills will be in the hat for the first round of the Carabao Cup, which takes place on Tuesday, August 18, live on Sky Sports. First round games, which are regionalised north and south, are scheduled during the international weekend so clubs may opt to move games if they have players away.

The competition will continue throughout September in successive weeks with round two - which is when Premier League teams without European commitments enter - taking place on September 15/16, followed by round three on September 22/23 and round four September 29/30. The quarter-finals take place just before Christmas.

Gillingham will start their domestic campaign on Saturday, September 12 and the season is set to finish on May 8/9 2021. Due to congestion, the Gills will be playing almost a quarter of their games, 11 in total, in midweek. That’s not including cup commitments.

The play-off finals are scheduled to be played at Wembley over the Spring Bank Holiday Weekend, May 29-31.

Gillingham will start their FA Cup campaign on Saturday, November 7, the date for the first round. Replays have been scrapped for the 2020/21 season.

Subsequent rounds are as follows: Round 2 (November 28), Round 3 (January 9), Fourth Round (January 23), Fifth Round (February 10), Quarter-final (March 20), Semi-final (April 17), Final (May 15).

The Gills will also be competing in the EFL Trophy, which will retain it’s group stage format in the opening round. Games will be played on September 8/9, October 6/7 and November 10/11.

The round of 32 takes place on December 8/9, round of 16 on January 12/13 2021, the quarter-finals February 2/3 and semis on February 16/17. A Wembley final takes place on Sunday, March 14.

The draw for the Trophy takes place on tuesday, August 18 and will again include under-23 sides from the top of the game. Arsenal, Chelsea, Southampton, Brighton and West Ham United are among the southern sides competing. At least one category one team will face the Gills.

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