The Capital One Cup 2015/16 features every club from the Football League, with Chelsea the reigning champions
We’re all set for another exciting renewal of the Capital One Cup, with Chelsea having won last season’s competition after beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the final.
It’s a competition that Jose Mourinho takes seriously, with the Chelsea manager all about racking up pieces of silverware at Stamford Bridge, while it’s also a competition that the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham will be taking seriously.
The draw for the first round of the competition takes place on Tuesday 16 June, with the clubs from the lower reaches of the Football League competing in the hope that they meet one of the top Premier League clubs at a later stage.
The teams from League Two, League One and the Championship will be involved from round one, with 36 seeded teams facing off against unseeded sides before going through to compete in the next round of the competition.
The 36 winners from round one will then be joined by the Premier League sides who are not playing in Europe next season and they will square off in round two before we get the top English sides being thrown into the third round draw.
The latest odds are interesting, with Chelsea 11/2 to retain their League Cup crown and that looks a big price when you consider Mourinho takes this competition deadly serious.
Manchester City are a 6/1 chance, with Arsenal available at 7/1 and perhaps Arsene Wenger will end up targeting a cup double considering that his team have won the FA Cup in the past two years and the league title always seems out of reach.
Manchester United’s Champions League participation might scupper their chances in this competition, with the Red Devils having been trounced by MK Dons last season, while Liverpool are 10/1 to claim a Capital One Cup success.
Tottenham Hotspur are as big as 16/1 to go one better than last season and claim some silverware, while Stoke City might end up being a big price at 33/1 to go close in the competition as they look to improve under Mark Hughes.
2015/16 Capital One Cup fixtures and dates
Round 1: w/c 10th August 2015
Carlisle United v Chesterfield
Nottingham Forest v Walsall
Fleetwood Town v Hartlepool United
Scunthorpe United v Barnsley
Bolton Wanderers v Burton Albion
Accrington Stanley v Hull City
Rochdale v Coventry City
Oldham Athletic v Middlesbrough
Huddersfield Town v Notts County
Blackburn Rovers v Shrewsbury Town
Morecambe v Sheffield United
Doncaster Rovers v Leeds United
Wigan Athletic v Bury
Northampton Town v Blackpool
Sheffield Wednesday v Mansfield Town
Rotherham United v Cambridge United
Crewe Alexandra v Preston North End
York City v Bradford City
Port Vale v Burnley
Peterborough United v Crawley Town
Yeovil Town v Queens Park Rangers
Plymouth Argyle v Gillingham
Swindon Town v Exeter City
Bristol Rovers v Birmingham City
Ipswich Town v Stevenage
Luton Town v Bristol City
Charlton Athletic v Dagenham & Redbridge
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Newport County
Brentford v Oxford United
Portsmouth v Derby County
Southend United v Brighton & Hove Albion
Milton Keynes Dons v Leyton Orient
Cardiff City v AFC Wimbledon
Millwall v Barnet
Wycombe Wanderers v Fulham
Colchester United v Reading
Round 2: w/c 24th August 2015
Round 3: w/c 21st September 2015
Round 4: w/c 26th October 2015
Round 5: w/c 30th November 2015
Semi-Final first legs: w/c 4th January 2016
Semi-Final second legs: w/c 25th January 2016
Final: Sunday 28th February 2016