It’s the third round of the Capital One Cup this week and sees the entrance of the top Premier League sides.
The most tantalising game of the round sees Liverpool play Manchester United tomorrow evening but there’s plenty more action tonight.
Today’s fixtures include an East Midlands derby between Leicester City and Derby Count, a Yorkshire Derby as Huddersfield Town visit Hull City plus a repeat of last season’s FA Cup final as Manchester City host Wigan Athletic.
Swindon Town v Chelsea
After a disappointing start to their Premier League and Champions League exploits, Jose Mourinho will be desperate to avoid defeat at League One Swindon Town.
He is expected to rest the players who played in Saturday’s 2-0 win against Fulham but Cesar Azpilicueta, Ryan Bertrand, David Luiz, Michael Essien and Juan Mata are all expected to feature at the County Ground.
Swindon will have to play out of their skins to keep their unbeaten home record going, which stretches back to 26th February.
Mark Cooper’s side have already beaten Championship title favourites QPR in the League Cup this season, but could be without midfielders Ryan Mason and Ryan Harley, who are both injury doubts, but have Alex Pritchard back from suspension.
The game is live on Sky Sports 2 from 7:45pm.
Sunderland v Peterborough Town
Also this evening, manager-less Sunderland host League One promotion candidates Peterborough Town.
Controversial manager Paulo Di Canio was relieved of his duties earlier this weekend, following the 3-0 defeat to West Brom, reportedly after the players spoke to the board about their displeasure of his management techniques.
The Wearsiders have only picked up a single point in their first five league games and will look to the League Cup as a respite from the pressures of the relegation fight which lies ahead.
Academy coach Kevin Ball will take temporary charge of the first team this season who will be without the services of striker Steve Fletcher who suffered a suspected dislocated shoulder in Saturday’s game.
Darren Ferguson will have to choose replacements for both Nathanial Knight-Percival and Mark Little who begin three-game bans after being sent off on Saturday.
With their Premier League pedigree, Sunderland remain favourites with the bookies, Bet 365 providing the best odds at 5/6. But this match is a prime candidate for an upset and Bet Victor offer the best price on that happening at 21/5.
Manchester United v Liverpool (Wednesday)
Tomorrow, Manchester United will be striving to make up for their humiliating 4-1 defeat at Manchester City, with a win against their other great rivals, Liverpool. Although the last time the pair met, Liverpool sneaked a 1-0 win at Anfield at the start of September.
And David Moyes, who has admitted it’s been a tough job succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson, and is likely to be without Robin van Perise, whilst Rafael and Phil Jones are also doubts.
But the big news is the availability of Luis Suarez who could make his return to Liverpool’s line-up after completing his 10-game ban after biting Braislav Ivanovic last season, which adds to the excitement in the game’s build-up.
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