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By ESPN Staff
Aug 16, 2007

Carling Cup draw: Bristol duo facing top flight

Both Bristol teams have been rewarded for progressing to the second round of the Carling Cup with home ties against Barclays Premier League sides.

City, of the Coca-Cola Championship, will host Sven-Goran Eriksson's Manchester City who are only being denied top spot in the top flight on goal difference after two straight wins.

The Robins drew their opening game in the Championship and will be looking to upset Eriksson in his first Carling Cup game after returning to club management, having eased through with a 3-0 victory at Brentford.

City striker Lee Trundle was relishing the visit of City on the week of August 27, telling Sky Sports News: 'It's good to test yourself against Premier League sides. It's one of those where you'd like to be away from home to soak up the atmosphere. But being at home gives us a chance.

'You've got to take your chance. The league is what we're concentrating on so it's a good distraction for us.'

Trundle admits the presence of the former England manager is an extra motivation, saying: 'Sven will get a warm reception from us.

'Against a manager like that and some of the players at Manchester City is dead exciting. Funny things can happen - we'll go out as the underdogs and we'll go out to enjoy it and you never know what will happen.'

The Robins' city rivals, Rovers, will face West Ham who are about to embark on what appears to be a bitter legal battle with Sheffield United over the Carlos Tevez affair.

Rovers, who went up to League One through the play-offs last season, beat Crystal Palace on penalties to make it through to the second round to shock the Championship club who had made a great start to the season with a 4-1 win at Southampton.

Of the other giantkillers, Colchester's conquerors Shrewsbury will be looking to inflict another shock on Premier League Fulham, as will Wrexham on Aston Villa.

Morecambe, conquerors of Preston, travel to Wolves; Rochdale, who beat Stoke, entertain Norwich and MK Dons' reward for beating Ipswich in the first round will be another tilt at a Championship club after they were drawn at home against Sheffield United.

League Two Peterborough's reward for beating Southampton is the visit of another fancied Championship side in West Brom while Leicester will visit Nottingham Forest.

Of the other top-flight clubs taking part in the second round, Sunderland visit Luton where they clinched last season's Championship crown, while Reading travel to Swansea and Wigan host Hull.

Portsmouth will play host to League One Leeds, Newcastle host Barnsley, Middlesbrough entertain Northampton, Derby will be Blackpool's hosts and Birmingham entertain Hereford.

Elsewhere, Carlisle will be hoping to inflict a shock on Coventry, Charlton host Stockport, Cardiff entertain Leyton Orient, Burnley host a Lancashire derby against Oldham, Southend welcome Watford and Sheffield Wednesday will welcome back former manager Danny Wilson when Hartlepool visit.

Ties will be played during the week commencing August 27
Birmingham v Hereford
Bristol City v Man City
Bristol Rovers v West Ham
Burnley v Oldham
Cardiff v Leyton Orient
Carlisle v Coventry
Charlton v Stockport
Derby v Blackpool
Luton v Sunderland
Middlesbrough v Northampton
MK Dons v Sheff Utd
Newcastle v Barnsley
Nottm Forest v Leicester
Peterborough v West Brom
Plymouth v Doncaster
Portsmouth v Leeds
Rochdale v Norwich
Sheffield Wednesday v Hartlepool
Shrewsbury v Fulham
Southend v Watford
Swansea v Reading
Wigan v Hull
Wolves v Morecambe
Wrexham v Aston Villa