Sunderland to face Port Vale in the first round of the Carabao Cup

Sunderland will travel to Port Vale in the first round of Carabao Cup.

Thursday, 24th June 2021, 3:50 pm

The Black Cats have been drawn away to the League Two side, who finished 13th last season and are managed by former Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke.

Sunderland have faced Vale twice since their relegation to League One.

The Black Cats won 2-0 on the Papa John’s Trophy earlier this year, and were also 2-1 victors in a FA Cup first round win in November 2018.

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Aiden O'Brien scores against Port Vale earlier this year
Aiden O'Brien scores against Port Vale earlier this year

The ties are set to be played in the week beginning August 9th, though teams are able to bring that forward if both clubs agree to a mutually preferred date.

As such, it could yet be that this tie is the first competitive fixture of Sunderland’s campaign, as was the case last year when the Black Cats were knocked out in the first round on penalties by Grant McCann’s Hull City.