Sunderland will take on League Two Crewe Alexandra at the Stadium of Light in the Carabao Cup first round. The Black Cats will host Lee Bell's Alex in the week beginning August 7.
The draw - which is regionalised at this stage - was made live on Sky Sports News this afternoon, with former Nottingham Forest, Spurs, and Hull City defender Michael Dawson drawing the home teams and ex-Lincoln City and Portsmouth boss Danny Cowley the away sides. It will be only the second meeting between the sides in the competition, with the previous match coming in September 2004 at the second round stage.
On that occasion, Mick McCarthy's Black Cats were knocked out 4-2 on penalties at Gresty Road after the sides had fought out a 3-3 draw after extra-time. Steve Jones had put Crewe - who were then in the Championship - in front inside the opening 20 minutes, with Chris Brown equalising ten minutes before the break.
Dean Ashton then gave the hosts the advantage for a second time just after the hour, only for Brown to level things up inside the final ten minutes to send the game into extra-time. Stephen Elliott then put Sunderland ahead just before the midway point in extra-time, but Stephen Foster equalised in the last minute to take the match to penalties.
Elliott and Sean Thornton scored their penalties for the Black Cats but defenders Steven Caldwell and Neill Collins failed to convert, while Crewe scored all four of their spot-kicks to go through. Crewe were then beaten 3-0 at home by Manchester United in the next round.
Sunderland have never lost at home to Crewe, winning five of their six meetings on Wearside. The most recent game between the sides at the Stadium of Light came in League One in March last year, when goals from Dan Neil and Patrick Roberts gave Alex Neil's side a 2-0 victory.
Carabao Cup first round draw (north)
Notts County vs Lincoln City
Bolton Wanderers vs Barrow
Hull City vs Doncaster Rovers
Mansfield Town vs Grimsby Town
Stoke City vs West Bromwich Albion
Sheffield Wednesday vs Stockport County
Leeds United vs Shrewsbury Town
Preston North End vs Salford City
Rotherham United vs Morecambe
Harrogate Town vs Carlisle United
Burton Albion vs Leicester City
Accrington Stanley vs Bradford City
Derby County vs Blackpool
Port Vale vs Fleetwood Town
Barnsley vs Tranmere Rovers
Blackburn Rovers vs Walsall
Huddersfield Town vs Middlesbrough
Wrexham vs Wigan Athletic
Sunderland vs Crewe Alexandra
Carabao Cup first round draw (south)
Plymouth Argyle vs Leyton Orient
Forest Green Rovers vs Portsmouth
Swansea City vs Northampton Town
Exeter City vs Crawley Town
Ipswich Town vs Bristol Rovers
Newport County vs Charlton Athletic
Stevenage vs Watford
Cheltenham Town vs Birmingham City
Sutton United vs Cambridge United
MK Dons vs Wycombe Wanderers
Millwall vs Reading
AFC Wimbledon vs Coventry City
Bristol City vs Oxford United
Gillingham vs Southampton
Queens Park Rangers vs Norwich City
Peterborough United vs Swindon Town
Cardiff City vs Colchester United