Mark Tinkler's side reached the final of the competition last year, where they were beaten 1-0 by Manchester City at the Riverside Stadium.

Tuesday's group stage draw sees a repeat of last season's semi-final tie with Derby County for Boro, although on this occasion it will be played on away territory. Villa and Reading are the other teams making up Group B.

Saturday September 28: Boro U18s v Aston Villa U18s
Saturday October 26: Derby County U18s v Boro U18s
Saturday November 23: Boro U18s v Reading U18s

Please note that fixtures are subject to change.

Our Under-16s will also face the same opposition at this stage of their own Premier League Cup campaign - as is the case for league fixtures, the group mirrors the Under-18s draw.