COLCHESTER United will host Reading in the first round of this season's Carabao Cup.

The U's will take on the League One side at the JobServe Community Stadium, after the draw for the opening round of the competition was made on Sky Sports, this morning.

Reading finished 17th in League One, last season.

The tie will be played on the week commencing August 12.


In the first and second round of this season's tournament the draw will continue to be regionalised, with the 32-team southern section and 38-team northern section drawn against another side from their region.

The remaining seven sides - Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United - will all enter the tournament from the third-round stage.

Colchester will be aiming to progress to the second round of this season's competition.

Last year, they were knocked out by Championship side Cardiff City in the first round, after losing on penalties.