RJ DEMELLO - Monday, August 11, 2014
The first round of the League Cup looks set to feature a multitude of Americans, with Jonathan Spector and Tim Ream both hoping to see their respective teams bounce back from tough weekend losses.
Birmingham City - Cambridge United
Both Jonathan Spector and Will Packwood will hope to see time Tuesday after missing out on their league matchup over the weekend.
Spector just recovered from a groin ailment and recently played close to 60 minutes in an U-21 match. Packwood played a half on Wednesday for the US U-23 team against the Bahamas, which seemingly caused him to miss the clubs season opening loss against Middlesbrough this past Saturday.
The Blues' opponent in Round One of the Capital One Cup is League Two newcomers Cambridge United. This is the team's first appearance in the league cup since 2004.
Bolton Wanderers - Bury
Tim Ream and the Wanderers look to get the team's first win of the year after dropping the clubs championship opener over the weekend.
Ream played 90 minutes for Bolton in a 3-0 loss to Watford. Manager Dougie Freedman has come out and said that he plans to blood several youngsters Tuesday, however he may still play a few of the regulars.
Bury, like Cambridge, is a League Two side hoping to shock the big boys on Tuesday. The club lost its opening match in the English Fourth division this past weekend.
Huddersfield Town - Chesterfield
Duane Holmes will look to get into the lineup for Huddersfield against League 1 club Chesterfield.
The Georgia-born midfielder did not even make the bench over the weekend, but that may not be such a bad thing. The club lost 4-0 in its first match of the Championship season against Bournemouth.
Huddersfield's opponent may be a rung lower in the league ladder, but did secure a victory over the weekend, 2-1 over Leyton Orient.
Nottingham Forrest - Tranmere Rovers
Eric Lichaj looks set to continue to build back his fitness in Tuesday nights Capital One Cup clash.
The defender returned from a long running groin injury to play the final three minutes over the weekend in Forest's 2-0 victory over Blackpool.
There is a good chance Nottingham boss Stuart Pearce will give Lichaj a decent number of minutes on Tuesday to work the American back into game shape for the league campaign.
League Two team Tranmere Rovers will be without its captain Marcus Holness for the game as a result of a pulled hamstring on Saturday.
The team managed to draw its opener 1-1 over the weekend against York.
Reading play Newport County as well, with Danny Williams out through a longterm knee injury.
After missing out on the team's league opener over the weekend, Zak Whitbread went the distance for Derby County FC on Monday night in their 2-0 win over Carlisle United.