JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, August 26, 2013
The second round of League Cup play will be underway this midweek as Geoff Cameron's Stoke City host Walsall and Jozy Altidore's Sunderland take on Milton Keynes Dons.
Stoke City - Walsall
Geoff Cameron and Stoke City look to build on their weekend win with a victory over Walsall in League Cup action.
Cameron is been a regular in Stoke's backline and could be called upon to play on Wednesday. Maurice Edu is recovering from a hernia and not likely to play while Brek Shea is also injured.
The Potters had a huge come from behind victory over Crystal Palace this weekend and hope to grab that momentum and perform well in the midweek.
With Mark Hughes still tinkering with his newly acquired team, Stoke's lineup could see big changes on Wednesday.
Besides the American duo that is injured, Stoke's Jamie Ness and Wilson Palacios are not likely to see the field as well.
Sunderland - Milton Keynes Dons
Jozy Altidore hopes to open his scoring account with Sunderland when they host Milton Keynes Dons in tournament play.
Altidore went the distance in Sunderland's draw against Southampton in Premier League action at the weekend. The forward could see time on Tuesday.
The Black Cats have only mustered a point in two games in the league thus far, however the midweek game gives them a chance to build chemistry on a side full of newcomers.
MK Dons has drawn their last two League One games and will need to step up their level at the Stadium of Lights.
Sunderland's Jack Colback, Wes Brown, Lee Catrermole, Phil Bardsley, and Steven Fletcher are all likely to miss due to injury.
Carlisle United - Leicester City
Zak Whitbread looks to start in Leicester City' League Cup match against Carlisle United.
The American defender went the distance in the Foxes win over Birmingham City in Championship action last weekend and is likely to see the field on Tuesday.
Leicester's performance thus far in the Championship has been strong as they have ten points from four games and sit in third place.
Their win over the Blues at the weekend shows what the Foxes offense can produce. They look to recreate some of that performance against a League One side that finds themselves near the bottom of the table.
Yeovil Town - Birmingham City
Jonathan Spector looks to help Birmingham City jump into the third round with a win over fellow Championship side Yeovil Town.
Spector played his first minutes of the season in the Blues loss to Leicester City this weekend and is likely to feature.
The Blues have just won one of their first four league games, however their lone win was against the very team they face on Tuesday.
Town started off their season with a big win over Millwall, however it has been downhill from there. They have lost three straight games and look to garner some momentum in tournament play.
Nottingham Forest - Millwall
Eric Lichaj and highflying Nottingham Forest host Millwall in the League Cup.
Lichaj has featured regularly this season for Forest and could see time on Wednesday.
Forest is at the top of the standings with ten points in four games played. They did draw their weekend game at Watford, but the midweek game gives them a chance to catch their fire once again.
Millwall's season thus far has been tough, just recording one point in four games. That one point however came this weekend at Sheffield Wednesday. They will look to build on that win in cup play.
Tim Ream could see time in Bolton's match at Tranmere Rovers.
Having played a congested schedule thus far, Paul Lambert could sit Brad Guzan for Aston Villa's home match against Rotherham United.
Tim Howard is likely to rest in Everton's game against Stevenage.