The new football season gets underway tonight with the first round of the Capital One Cup rather than the league campaign. The competition has thrown up some intriguing ties. Swindon Town will look to take last season’s success into this evening’s home game against Championship side Brighton and Hove Albion. Paulo Di Canio has built on his title winning squad in the summer and will be hopeful of an upset against their higher division opponents.
Bristol City go into their season opener against Gillingham at Ashton Gate with only two fit strikers. Jon Stead and Brett Pitman will lead the line and should have enough to avoid a giant killing from their League Two opponents.
Bristol Rovers, though, will aim to do just that as they travel to Ipswich Town. It won’t be easy in Suffolk for Rovers against the Championship side. Rovers manager Mark McGhee is hoping to sign goalkeeper Iain Turner with first choice shot stopper Scott Bevan out until October.
Yeovil Town have had an unbeaten pre-season campaign and go into the new season in good form. The Glovers welcome fellow League One team Colchester United to Huish Park (7.45pm) with only Gavin Williams and Rohan Ince as injury concerns.
Cheltenham Town are already out of the competition after losing 5-3 on penalties to MK Dons on Saturday.