Relegated duo Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion will be keen to avoid an embarrassing giant killing following the draw of next season's Carling Cup.
Number one seeds Birmingham City, who made the final of the competition in 2001, will not be too fearful of their first round clash at home League Two outfit Shrewsbury Town but Albion, who were seeded two in the southern section of the draw, will be decidedly anxious about their trip to Leyton Orient.
Bryan Robson's men must visit Brisbane Road on either August 22 or 23 to take on an Orient team bouyed by last year's promotion to League One.
Both teams fell to eventual winners Manchester United last season, in consecutive rounds with City reaching the quarter-finals.
Like Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers will face League One opposition having been paired with Chesterfield.
Wolves will travel to Saltergate hoping to repeat the result they last met there in the competition - in 1994 when Steve Bull scored twice and David Kelly once to win 3-1.
Coventry City will go to newlypromoted Hereford United while Walsall make the long trip to Plymouth Argyle.
The second round will see Aston Villa and the other 11 Premiership clubs not involved in European competitions enter the competition with the remaining eight coming in at the third round stage.
CARLING CUP, first round draw: Chesterfield v WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS; Stoke City v Darlington; Port Vale v Preston North End; Burnley v Hartlepool; Sheffield Wednesday v Wrexham; Bury v Sunderland; Hull City v Tranmere Rovers; Blackpool v Barnsley; Huddersfield Town v Mansfield Town; Carlisle United v Bradford City; Rotherham United v Oldham Athletic; Scunthorpe v Lincoln City; Accrington Stanley v Nottingham Forest; Grimsby Town v Crewe Alexandra; Leeds United v Chester City; Doncaster Rovers v Roch-dale; Stockport County v Derby County; Leicester City v Macclesfield Town; Cardiff City v Barnet; Milton Keynes Dons v Colchester United; Swindon Town v Brentford; Crystal Palace v Notts County; Hereford United v COVENTRY CITY; Swansea City v Wycombe Wanderers; Peterborough United v Ipswich Town; Bournemouth v Southend United; Brighton and Hove Albion v Boston United; Cheltenham Town v Bristol City; Millwall v Gillingham; Southampton v Yeovil; BIRMINGHAM CITY v Shrewsbury; Plymouth Argyle v WALSALL; Bristol Rovers v Luton Town; Queens Park Rangers v Northampton Town; Torquay United v Norwich City; Leyton Orient v WEST BROMWICH ALBION Ties to be played in the week commencing August 21