With one game played last week, this week sees the rest of the ties in the EFL Carabao Cup first round played, with Newcastle finding out their second round opponents when the draw is made.

That draw should have more significance for Newcastle this season, with Steve Bruce insisting that he hopes to have a good go at both cup competitions this season.

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It is a complete contrast to previous years, where Newcastle have whimpered out of cup ties, with little emphasis being placed on their importance.

Whether fans agree with Bruce’s appointment or not, they will welcome the prospect of more ambition during the cup competitions, with those being the only realistic chance of any kind of success at the club.

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A regionalised second round draw means Newcastle could draw rivals

The draw for the second round takes place after the tie between Salford City and Leeds United, and will be regionalised with a North and South section.


It means there is an increased chance that we could be drawn against Sunderland, if they win their opening round tie at Accrington Stanley.

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But regardless of the opposition, it will be interesting to see if Bruce keeps to his word, by playing a very strong side in the early rounds of the competition.

Fans will hope for a decent cup run, with most recent campaigns not lasting beyond the first couple of rounds they have been involved in.

Getting to the latter stages of one, or both, of the cups could be just the fillip needed in the wake of a disastrous summer for Newcastle and the fans.

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