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Who could Leyton Orient play in the first round of the English Football League Cup?

PUBLISHED: 18:00 21 June 2016

Ollie Palmer in action for Leyton Orient at MK Dons in the Capital One Cup last season (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Ollie Palmer in action for Leyton Orient at MK Dons in the Capital One Cup last season (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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Andy Hessenthaler saw his team lose 2-1 at MK Dons in first round of the competition last season

Leyton Orient discovered who they could come up against in the first round of the English Football League Cup this afternoon.

The EFL revealed the draw will take place tomorrow (Wednesday) at 1pm and will be broadcast live on Facebook.

The competition includes 70 of the 72 clubs in the English Football League with Newcastle United and Norwich City receiving byes into the second round.

O’s have been placed in the unseeded south section of the draw meaning they’ll be up against a seeded south team.

They could face the likes of Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Brentford, Brighton & Hove Albion, Bristol City, Cardiff City, Charlton Athletic and Coventry City.

In addition to the aforementioned, Andy Hessenthaler’s men may also be drawn against Fulham, Gillingham, Ipswich Town, Millwall, Milton Keynes Dons, Peterborough United, Queens Park Rangers, Reading, Walsall and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Orient will discover their League Two fixtures tomorrow morning at 9am so Wednesday will certainly provide fans with plenty to talk about.

Drew Barrand, Marketing Director of the EFL, said: “Facebook Live hadn’t even been launched when we did last year’s round one draw, so this really is a great opportunity for us to do something different to ensure as many fans as possible can engage with our competitions.

“The round one draw is not usually broadcast and traditionally just announced as a list, but with our Facebook network of official EFL and club pages having a combined audience of over 15 million fans it is a natural platform for us provide content like this.”

Last year O’s were knocked out in the first round of the competition, then named the Capital One Cup, after conceding twice late on to lost 2-1 at MK Dons.


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