Manager Tony Mowbray will make an early season return to his former club after Rovers were drawn away to Coventry City in the first round of the Carabao Cup.
The tie will take place at the Ricoh Arena during the week commencing Monday August 7th.
Rovers were the first ball to be drawn out of the hat in the Northern Section, swiftly followed by the Sky Blues, where Mowbray served as manager between March 2015 and September 2016.
Rovers’ new assistant manager Mark Venus also spent time in the Coventry hot-seat last season, stepping up from his role as Technical Director to take temporary charge following Mowbray’s departure last year.
There has only ever been one previous meeting between the two clubs in the League Cup, during Rovers’ title-winning season, as an Alan Shearer brace secured a 2-0 victory at Ewood Park at the third round stage in October 1994.
The last time the two clubs met was in the FA Cup in February 2009, when a Leon Best goal secured a 1-0 victory for Coventry in a fifth round replay at the Ricoh after the two teams had played out a 2-2 draw at Ewood Park 10 days earlier.
Southern Section draw in full:
Birmingham City vs Crawley Town
Exeter City vs Charlton Athletic
Queens Park Rangers vs Northampton Town
Newport County vs Southend United
Bristol City vs Plymouth Argyle
Cardiff City vs Portsmouth
Millwall vs Stevenage
Oxford United vs Cheltenham Town
AFC Wimbledon vs Brentford
Norwich City vs Swindon Town
Bristol Rovers vs Cambridge United
Peterborough United vs Barnet
Wycombe Wanderers vs Fulham
Colchester United vs Aston Villa
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Yeovil Town
Reading vs Gillingham
Forest Green Rovers vs Milton Keynes Dons
Luton Town vs Ipswich Town
Northern Section draw in full:
Coventry City vs Blackburn Rovers
Nottingham Forest vs Shrewsbury Town
Bradford City vs Doncaster Rovers
Mansfield Town vs Rochdale
Grimsby Town vs Derby County
Barnsley vs Morecambe
Crewe Alexandra vs Bolton Wanderers
Oldham Athletic vs Burton Albion
Wigan Athletic vs Blackpool
Bury vs Sunderland
Sheffield Wednesday vs Chesterfield
Accrington Stanley vs Preston North End
Fleetwood Town vs Carlisle United
Sheffield United vs Walsall
Scunthorpe United vs Notts County
Rotherham United vs Lincoln City
Leeds United vs Port Vale