EFL Trophy Draw

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The group stage of this season’s EFL Trophy has been drawn.

Stoke will come up against Bradford, Bury and Morecambe in Northern Group C of the competition.

64 teams are taking part in this year’s EFL Trophy, and Stoke will field a predominantly young team as they aim to reach Wembley on 2 April 2017.

Six of Stoke’s starting 11 must be under 21 years of age, meaning there will be spots for the likes of Dom Telford, Joel Taylor, Ollie Shenton and George Waring- who featured in last season’s final whilst on loan at Oxford.

Matches will be played over 90 minutes but in the event of a draw will go straight to penalties. A point will be awarded for the draw and an additional point to the team who wins the shoot-out.

The draw means Stoke- who will be managed by Glyn Hodges- will come up against Morecambe for the first time in their history.

This is Stoke’s first involvement in the competition since the 2001-02 season, when they were knocked out by Blackpool.

Draw dates:

W/C 29 August. Bradford (A). W/C 3 October. Morecambe (A). W/C 7 November. Bury (H).

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