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Drawn at home, playing away


Filed: Friday, 11th August 2017
By: Staff Writer


West Ham have been drawn at home to Cheltenham Town in the second round of the Carabao Cup.

The game, which is scheduled to take place in the week commencing 21 August will be played at the League 2 club's Whaddon Road ground.

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That's as a result of West Ham's earlier request to play the match away from the Olympic Stadium, which is currently staging the Athletics World Championships, should the Hammers be drawn first out of the hat.

As a result of the home draw and the decision to change venue, West Ham are liable to face a compensation claim from Cheltenham who may choose to sue the Hammers for lost revenue.

The capacity of the LCI Rail Stadium is just 7,000, whereas West Ham would have expected in the region of 40-45,000 fans to attend has the game been staged in Stratford.

The full second round draw is as follows:

South section

Brentford vs QPR
Ipswich vs Crystal Palace
Bristol City vs Watford
Charlton vs Norwich
Cheltenham vs West Ham
Brighton vs Barnet
Cardiff vs Burton Albion
Southampton vs Wolves
Fulham vs Bristol Rovers
MK Dons vs Swansea
Birmingham vs Bournemouth
Reading vs Millwall

North section

Carlisle vs Sunderland
Bolton vs Sheffield Wednesday
Accrington Stanley vs West Brom
Newcastle vs Nottingham Forest
Newport County vs Leeds (tie to be played at Elland Road at Newport’s request)
Stoke vs Rochdale
Huddersfield vs Rotherham
Middlesbrough vs Scunthorpe
Doncaster vs Hull
Blackburn vs Burnley
Sheffield United vs Leicester
Aston Villa vs Wigan
Barnsley vs Derby/Grimsby





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