Sunderland discover their first two Papa John's Trophy group stage opponents

Sunderland will face Lincoln City and Bradford City in their Papa John’s Trophy group next season.

Wednesday, 23rd June 2021, 3:20 pm

The three teams will be joined by one of the invited U21 teams, to be drawn on Sky Sports at 4.30pm tomorrow.

They could yet face Newcastle United U21s, with the EFL dropping their previous restriction that kept the two teams apart in the group stages.

The Black Cats faced Lincoln City in the semi finals of the tournament last season, before beating Tranmere Rovers 1-0 in the final at Wembley.

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Sunderland celebrate their Papa John's Trophy win last season

Bradford City finished 15th in League Two last season, but have since poached Derek Adams after he led Morecambe to promotion through the play-offs. Sunderland will play two of their games at home, and one away from home.

Sunderland will discover their League One fixture schedule tomorrow morning, as well as their Carabao Cup first round opponents.

That draw will also take place on Sky Sports, at 3.30pm.