In the Battle of the (other) Severn, last battle of the
English Civil War League Cup EFL Cup first round, League One side Bristol Rovers upset Welsh neighbors Cardiff City to book their place in the second round. Thanks to the vagaries of the draw, held yesterday, this means that Rovers will travel to Stamford Bridge in the next round, while in-city rivals Bristol City (Tammy Abraham's Bristol City!) get the easier trip to Scunthorpe.
Most of the Thursday night tie did not live up to the heightened expectations of a national TV audience, but with just five minutes left in extra-time, hometown hero Chris Lines made all the waiting and boredom worthwhile with an absolute piledriver from roughly the next county over.
Chelsea and Bristol Rovers last played in 1981, back in the old second division. This will be the twelfth competitive meeting all-time between the two sides; Chelsea have lost three of those, but none at Stamford Bridge.
The EFL Cup second round will be conducted August 23-25, with exact times and dates to be determined once a few games get picked for TV coverage. Perhaps the promise of an historic giant-killing will get this tie on the docket as well.