Newcastle face Swansea, Bristol City and Southampton in Premier League Cup
A new format for the Premier League Cup has seen Newcastle pulled out of the hat to face Swansea, Bristol City and Southampton in the group stage.
The restructured competition will see 32 clubs split into eight groups of four teams. Each team in the group will play each other twice, home and away.
The top two teams from each group will advance to the knockout stage of the competition in March 2017.
As with the Premier League 2 league, the competition will be contested between under 23 teams, with each side allowed three over-age outfield players and a goalkeeper born before January 1993.
The new format replaces the knockout form of the competition.
Premier League Cup group stage draw
Southampton, Newcastle United, Swansea City, Bristol City
Sunderland, Cardiff City, Blackburn Rovers, Burnley or Watford*
Manchester City, Colchester United, Derby County, Hull City
Everton, Norwich City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Portsmouth or Barnsley*
Leicester City, Brighton & Hove Albion, West Ham United, Nottingham Forest
Middlesbrough, Charlton Athletic, Fulham, AFC Wimbledon
Liverpool, Huddersfield Town, West Bromwich Albion, Ipswich Town
Reading, Sheffield United, Stoke City, Birmingham City
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