Everton and Villa handed easy-looking ties in Capital One Cup

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Everton and Aston Villa are among the favourites to enter the Capital One Cup at the second-round stage and should enjoy a relative easy passage into the next round of the competition.

European involvement means that the real big guns enjoy a bye into round three, but Everton will fancy their chances of joining them as they have been pitted at home to Leyton Orient.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa square off with Tranmere and will have fond memories of meeting them in the competition.

Villa beat Tranmere on penalties in the semi finals in 1994 before going on to lift the trophy with victory over Manchester United in the final.

The draw was relatively kind to most Premier League clubs, with Norwich, Sunderland, Stoke, Reading and West Ham all playing at home to opposition in League One or below in the football pyramid.

In terms of potential upsets, Wigan will have to overcome a banana skin at Nottingham Forest, while Southampton and Fulham may be slightly nervous as they face trips to Stevenage and Sheffield Wednesday respectively.

All games will take place in the week beginning August 27th.

Full Capital One Cup second round draw

Norwich v Scunthorpe
Sunderland v Morecambe
Leeds v Oxford
MK Dons v Blackburn
Everton v Leyton Orient
Northampton v Wolves
Gillingham v Middlesborough
Crawley v Bolton
Villa v Tranmere
Stoke v Swindon
Nottingham Forest v Wigan
Stevenage v Southampton
QPR v Walsall
Burnley v Plymouth
Leicester v Burton
Sheffield Wednesday v Fulham
Reading v Peterborough
Carlisle v Ipswich
Doncaster v Hull
West Ham v Crewe
Coventry v Birmingham
Yeovil v West Brom
Swansea v Barnsley
Watford v Bradford
Preston v Crystal Palace

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Craig Kemp

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