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Brentford vs Wycombe Wanderers
Sunday 6th September 2020, k.o. 12pm BST
Brentford Community Stadium
Carabao Cup First Round
It’s been 14 years since Wanderers won a single League Cup fixture without the need for a penalty shootout, and as they take that record to the new home of the defeated Championship play-off finalists, the odds are stacked firmly against Gareth Ainsworth’s side. Now where have we heard that before?
Brentford are undoubtedly the story of the tie, attracting the Sky Sports cameras to their Community Stadium which so far has hosted only one pre-season friendly; a 2-1 victory over Oxford United.
Wycombe enjoyed the exact same outcome in their last competitive fixture and have taken on three Premier League names as part of their own preparations for the new Championship campaign.
Regular opponents in friendly matches in recent years, the Bees and the Blues haven’t crossed paths in competitive fixtures since a League 1 encounter in January 2012, and this will be their first meeting in a League Cup tie having previously contested one FA Cup and three Trophy battles in Wycombe’s Football League era.
Wanderers could hand debuts to summer signings Uche Ikpeazu, Daryl Horgan and Ryan Tafazolli, with Giles Phillips and Jason McCarthy in line for a potential second and fourth debut for the club respectively after rejoining the summer. Darius Charles could lock horns with his former side, while assistant boss Richard Dobson was a coach with Brentford's youth setup before switching to Adams Park 13 years ago.
Brentford are missing a handful of talents due to international call-ups, but could field summer capture Ivan Toney who departed Peterborough last week.
Wanderers will be in their mango change strip, now sponsored by Dreams, with the goalkeeper in the brand-new Mardi Gras kit.
Man in the Middle
Charles Breakspear was last in charge of a Wanderers fixture in February, officiating the 3-1 win over Tranmere in which he awarded the Blues a late penalty. He took charge of just one game post-lockdown; the League 2 play-off semi-final second leg between Exeter and Colchester.
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Second Round Draw
The draw for the next stage will be made shortly after the conclusion of this fixture, split into north and south sections, live on Sky Sports.