PREVIEW: ENGLISH LEAGUE CUP ACTION
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JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, October 29, 2012
In midweek League Cup action in England, Seb Hines and Middlesbrough seek a road victory at Sunderland, while Clint Dempsey and Tottenham face fellow Premier League squad Norwich City.

Sunderland - Middlesbrough

Seb Hines and Middlesbrough take on Sunderland on Tuesday, in a League Cup match-up.

Hines, who started Boro's weekend game, looks to feature on Tuesday.

Middlesbrough is currently on a hot streak, beating Bolton over the weekend to extend their winning streak to four and are just three points from first place in the Championship.

Sunderland is coming off a draw with Stoke City in the Premier League and are in 14th place in the standings. They have not won a game since late September so they hope they can bounce back and notch a win on Tuesday.

Boro beat Preston North End in the last round, while Sunderland took out Milton Keynes Dons.

Sunderland's Wes Brown is injured, while Merouane Zemmama is questionable to feature for Boro.

Swindon Town - Aston Villa

In more Tuesday League Cup play, Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa travel to take on Swindon Town.

Shay Given looks to take Brad Guzan's place at goal, but Eric Lichaj is likely to feature for Villa.

The Villans drew with Norwich City in league play this weekend and have not won a game since their late September victory over Manchester City in the League Cup. They look to reverse their current momentum and get a win on Tuesday.

Swindon Town is in seventh place in the League One standings, and although they won big this weekend over Stevenage, they had gone three games winless prior to that victory. They beat Burnley in the last round of the League Cup, and took down Stoke City the round before.

Ciaran Clark, Richard Dunne, and Gary Gardner are injured for Villa.

Norwich City - Tottenham Hotspur

On Wednesday, Clint Dempsey and Tottenham Hotspur play Norwich City in a League Cup battle.

Hugo Lloris is likely to take place of American Brad Friedel, but Andre Villas-Boas could give Dempsey some playing time.

Spurs are coming off a win at Southampton this weekend, where Dempsey scored what ended up being the game winner. Dempsey and Tottenham hope to build on their momentum with a win on Wednesday.

Norwich City is fresh off a come-from-behind draw against Villa. The Canaries are hovering above the relegation zone, but have garnered four points in their last two games, including a win over Arsenal. Momentum looks to be on their side and they hope it lifts them this midweek.

Spurs look to be without Emmanuel Adebayor, Mousa Dembele, Scott Parker, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, and Younes Kaboul, while the Canaries look to miss Harry Kane.
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