Sunderland will learn their Checkatrade Trophy fate on Wednesday when the rest of the draw is made for the group stage of the competition.
All 48 League One and League Two clubs taking part in the competition have already been drawn into 16 groups, with the 16 invited teams that hold category one academy status to be added on Wednesday.
Sunderland have again been invited to take part in the Checkatrade Trophy competition which came in for criticism last season with low attendances.
First team coach Robbie Stockdale led the side last year with Sunderland knocked out by Wolves in the second round.
The groups have been split into northern and southern sections in order to minimise overall travel for league clubs and fans following feedback.
Group stage fixtures will also be confirmed on Wednesday with all invited teams - including Sunderland - to play all group games away from home.
The northern groups are as follows: Group A: Carlisle United, Fleetwood Town, Morecambe, Category 1 Club
Group B: Accrington Stanley, Blackpool, Wigan Athletic, Category 1 Club
Group C: Blackburn Rovers, Bury, Rochdale, Category 1 Club
Group D: Crewe Alexandra, Oldham Athletic, Port Vale, Category 1 Club
Group E: Coventry City, Shrewsbury Town, Walsall, Category 1 Club
Group F: Bradford City, Chesterfield, Rotherham United, Category 1 Club
Group G: Lincoln City, Mansfield Town, Notts County, Category 1 Club
Group H: Doncaster Rovers, Grimsby Town, Scunthorpe United, Category 1 Club
Category one clubs include Sunderland; Everton, Leicester City, Manchester City, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United, Stoke City and West Brom.