Sunderland U23s to face Cardiff and Blackburn, plus one other, in Premier League Cup group

Sunderland U23s celebrate Elliot Embleton's tremendous opener at Rochdale in last night's Checkatrade Trophy tie. Picture by Frank Reid
Sunderland U23s celebrate Elliot Embleton's tremendous opener at Rochdale in last night's Checkatrade Trophy tie. Picture by Frank Reid
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Sunderland Under-23s have been drawn to meet Cardiff City and Blackburn Rovers in the Under-23 Premier League Cup group stage.

The Black Cats, coached by Andy Welsh, will also meet either Burnley or Watford, who face a final qualifying tie on Monday.

The top teams in each of the eight sections will reach the knockout stage.

Newcastle are in Group A alongside Southampton, Swansea City and Bristol City, while Middlesbrough meet Charlton, Fulham and AFC Wimbledon in Group F.