Skip to main content Skip to site footer
Carabao Cup

Carabao Cup Round Two preview

14 September 2020

After a frantic Round One schedule which saw some unexpected results and some dramatic penalty shootouts, we press on into Round Two where the action continues!

1. A former Premier League classic

With teams from England’s top division entering the competition at this stage we knew that there was always the potential for some big fixtures to come out of the pot. 

Thankfully we got one! 

Newcastle United are set to entertain Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday night, in a game which will see two teams reignite and old battle at St James’ Park. 

Who could forget their tightly-contested Premier League fixture in 1995? Rovers recorded a 1-0 victory on the night, courtesy of an Alan Shearer goal, one which helped them on their way to sealing the title that season. 

But, in more recent times, we have seen a classic game in this competition. Back in 2011, Gael Givet’s 120th-minute strike sent the Magpies packing in a 4-3 extra-time victory for Blackburn at Ewood Park. 


2. Hammers on high alert 

With things not starting off how they would have liked in league action, David Moyes and his West Ham United side will be keen to ensure they do not fall to a Round Two exit at the hands of Sky Bet League One outfit, Charlton Athletic. 

A win for the Hammers could kick-start their season and is needed after their 2-0 opening-day defeat to Newcastle United. With the pressure on already, a run in this competition could be a saving grace for the East Londoners. 

The Addicks, on the other hand, started their league season with an impressive 2-0 win over Crewe Alexandra away from home on Saturday afternoon, that their second win of the new campaign, following up their 3-1 Carabao Cup win against Swindon Town. 

Striker Macauley Bonne is a player that the Hammers must be aware of; the striker will be Lee Bowyer’s jewel in the crown this season and the former non-league striker will be aiming for automatic promotion this season as well as the Golden Boot. 

3. Harrogate riding high

It has been a dream start to life in the EFL for Simon Weaver and his Harrogate Town side. Not only did they win their Round One tie against Tranmere Rovers on penalties, they went on to win their first game in the Football League, and in emphatic fashion too. 

A 4-0 masterclass away from home is what dreams are made of, and no doubt what Weaver would have been dreaming about the night before. 

They return to action on Wednesday night as they travel to The Hawthorns to take on Premier League West Bromwich Albion, who are looking for their first win of the season after losing their opening-day game to Leicester City. 

4. Toffees on a roll 

Carlo Ancelotti worked his magic on Sunday evening as his Everton side took apart Tottenham Hotspur, in a 1-0 win on away soil. 

A bullet header from Dominic Calvert-Lewin was enough for three points on that occasion, but attention now turns to Carabao Cup action for the Italian, who will no doubt be aiming for success in this competition this season. 

And with how he has got his side playing already, you would not put it past the Toffees to go on and achieve that success. 

Before they get ahead of themselves though, they face a Sky Bet League Two side in the form of Salford City who carded a hard-fought opening-day draw against last season’s beaten Play-Off Finalists. 

After taking the lead through new man Ian Henderson from the penalty spot, Exeter City hit back and were in control of the game right up until the 69th minute, when former Fleetwood Town man, Ash Hunter, found the back of the Grecians net to earn the Ammies a point. 

We know that they will be no pushovers come Wednesday night’s fixture in front of the Sky Sports cameras, making this a game to keep a close eye on. 

5. Jackett’s Pompey to cause Premier League upset?  

We have seen a lot of giant killings down the years, and we will probably see it plenty of times in the future - Kenny Jackett will be hoping his Portsmouth side can add themselves to the list on Thursday evening. 

Pompey travel to the Amex Stadium to take on Brighton & Hove Albion in another Premier League v Sky Bet League One affair in Round Two. 

Cup competitions are where Portsmouth have seemingly been at their best, specifically the EFL Trophy in recent years. 

The Seagulls, on the other hand, have always made sure that they have kept their heads above the water in league action.

Manager Graham Potter did a fantastic job with the side last season and will be, like Ancelotti at Everton, be targeting success in this competition this time around.

Advertisement block