2018-19 Carabao Cup: Round Two – Tuesday

With the international break nearing, that means that its time for Round Two of this season’s Carabao Cup. 

As tradition, Premier League clubs who aren’t in Europe will be in action alongside Swansea and Stoke who had byes to this stage but no seedings has thrown up plenty of intriguing ties.

 With 21 ties taking place on Tuesday, here are the three best ties to watch out for. 

 

AFC Wimbledon vs West Ham United

West Ham enter this match in search of a competitive first win of the season but have Manuel Pellegrini in charge, who has won this competition twice before. 

AFC Wimbledon are also struggling, having not won in last fortnight since beating Portsmouth to reach this round. 

This therefore should be a decent game, especially seeing as these sides have never met before. 

West Ham however should be targeting glory in this competition with their squad so I reckon that they will get the job done by hook or crook. 

Prediction: AFC Wimbledon 0-2 West Ham United

Result: AFC Wimbledon 1-3 West Ham United

 

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Southampton

This is an early all Premier League blockbuster now that the seeding rule has gone so should provide a great game. 

Since opening day defeat at Watford, Brighton have made massive progress forward as evidenced by only losing at Liverpool by a single goal.

Southampton on other hand are defensively unstable after losing their last two by a 2-1 result so expect youngsters to get a chance to show what they can do here. 

Both league meetings finished 1-1 last season, so we could be in store for penalties here but I can see the Seagulls clinching it late on.

Prediction: Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 Southampton

Result: Brighton & Hove Albion 0-1 Southampton

 

Stoke City vs Huddersfield Town

After struggling to adjust to life in Championship, Stoke City face a tough test against Premier League’s Huddersfield, who have also made a slow start to the season. 

Unlike the Terriers, Stoke finally got that first win of season on Saturday at home so will enter this with more confidence but are yet to win two consecutive home games against their opponents. 

That could well prove to be the key difference here as both sides look to make changes although I feel that this could well require penalties, after their only previous League Cup meeting ended 0-0 in original tie (Stoke won replay 2-0).

Prediction: Stoke City 1-1 Huddersfield Town (Stoke win on penalties)

Result: Stoke City 2-0 Huddersfield Town

 

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