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Carabao Cup

Preview: Carabao Cup Round Two

21 August 2017

The Carabao Cup moves into its second round stage on this week, with the introduction of several Premier League sides into the competition.

There’s also one final piece of Round One business to be taken care of, as Grimsby Town and Derby County replay their postponed fixture at Blundell Park.

Here’s our preview…

East Lancashire derby at Ewood Park

After last meeting back in 2016, Blackburn Rovers and Burnley face off again, this time in a cup scenario.

Wednesday night’s encounter will be the 100th between both clubs, and a win for the Clarets would bring the overall head-to-head record to 41 victories each.

Rovers got off the mark for the campaign over the weekend, with Tony Mowbray’s men picking up three points away at Bradford City. Their opponents, meanwhile, will be looking to respond to Saturday’s narrow home loss at the hands of West Bromwich Albion.

Another bite at the Cherries

Birmingham boss Harry Redknapp will see his Blues clash with one of his former employers, Bournemouth, on Tuesday night.

Redknapp spent an extended period of time on the South Coast as a player, before returning as manager in 1983.

The Cherries were 2-1 victors in the two clubs’ last meeting, Eddie Howe’s team triumphing in an FA Cup fixture in January of 2016.

TV games

Sky Sports has coverage of two more live games from the Carabao Cup, with action being broadcast on both Tuesday 22nd August and Wednesday 23rd August.

Tuesday’s viewing comes from Bramall Lane, where Sheffield United, fresh from their 1-0 Sky Bet Championship success over Barnsley, take on Leicester City.

The Foxes also tasted victory at the weekend, with Craig Shakespeare’s side recording a 2-0 win at home to recently promoted Brighton & Hove Albion.

The second of this round’s televised match-ups sees Sky Bet League Two’s Cheltenham Town take on the Premier League’s West Ham United at Whaddon Road.

Wednesday will only be the second competitive meeting between the Robins and the Hammers, four years on from the first in this very competition – the Londoners winning 2-1 at Upton Park.

Around the grounds

Other potential underdog stories could come at the Wham Stadium and the AMEX, where Accrington Stanley and Barnet respectively face off against Premier League opposition.

Stanley play host to West Bromwich Albion and, after putting out Sky Bet Championship side Preston North End, John Coleman will be hopeful his men can pull off another surprise result.

Barnet on the other hand travel to face Brighton. Rossi Eames’ Bees were last paired with the Seagulls nine years ago, with Brighton achieving a 4-0 win on that occasion.

Steve Bruce welcomes one of his former sides in Wigan Athletic to Villa Park. The Villans won out in both fixtures between the two last season, and a repeat will see them claim their place in the Round Three draw.

Elsewhere, two Yorkshire clubs clash at the John Smiths Stadium, where David Wagner’s Huddersfield Town take on Rotherham United in another of the 25 ties taking place across the two nights.

Carabao Cup midweek fixtures (7:45pm unless stated)

Round One

Tuesday 22nd August 2017

Grimsby Town v Derby County

Round Two

Tuesday 22nd August 2017

Accrington Stanley v West Bromwich Albion
Aston Villa v Wigan Athletic
Birmingham City v Bournemouth
Bolton Wanderers v Sheffield Wednesday (8pm)
Brighton and Hove Albion v Barnet
Cardiff City v Burton Albion
Carlisle United v Sunderland
Crystal Palace v Ipswich Town (7:30pm)
Doncaster Rovers v Hull City
Fulham v Bristol Rovers
Leeds United v Newport County
Middlesbrough v Scunthorpe United
Milton Keynes Dons v Swansea City
Norwich City v Charlton Athletic
Queens Park Rangers v Brentford
Reading v Millwall (8pm)
Sheffield United v Leicester City (live on Sky Sports)
Watford v Bristol City

Wednesday 23rd August 2017

Blackburn Rovers v Burnley
Cheltenham Town v West Ham United (live on Sky Sports)
Huddersfield Town v Rotherham United
Newcastle United v Nottingham Forest
Southampton v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Stoke City v Rochdale (8pm)

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