ANDREW VORCE - Monday, August 23, 2010
Most of the Premier League Yanks enter the picture as the Carling Cup swings back into life with Eddie Johnson looking to make a Fulham debut against Port Vale.
Everton - Huddersfield
Tim Howard and Everton will be on edge when League One team Huddersfield come to visit as the Toffees are still searching for their first win of the season.
Few would expect another slip up from the Premier League squad, especially at home, but Everton are far from playing their best soccer right now.
Only Phillip Neville and Victor Anichebe are out, but Everton should be able to come together and secure a Carling Cup victory.
Huddersfield are without long term injuries Nathan and Tom Clarke due to knee injuries, but Gary Naysmith may be able to rejoin the party after picking up a red card in their goalless draw against Tranmere.
Huddersfield are in the second round after beating Carlisle in the first round.
Fulham - Port Vale
Mark Hughes may choose to rest Clint Dempsey for Wednesday's Carling Cup match, while Eddie Johnson will look at this opportunity as the prime time to perform.
Fulham are fresh off of a inspiring 2-2 draw with Manchester United and will look to take that momentum forward to take down Port Vale. David Stockton performed admirably in the absence of senior goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.
Diomansy Kamara and Andy Johnson are both out for an uncertain amount of time, joining Phillippe Senderos on the sidelines who is out with an Achilles injury.
Micky Adam's team will continue to be without Doug Loft after a series of chest injuries, allowing Louis Dodds to stake a claim in first team affairs.
The winger made sure to give himself a fighting chance after scoring Vale's second en route to a 3-1 victory over Southend in League Two.
Southampton - Bolton
Stuart Holden will look to continue to kick on as Bolton travels to Southampton.
Gavin McCann is the only injury concern for Bolton who will look towards the weekend for a chance at a return.
Holden hasn't had a major hand in a Bolton goal but will look to change that against the League One outfit.
Southampton may choose to bring Guilherme de Prado who has been acquired from Italian club Cesena.
The club recently gave up a one all result to Leyton Orient after scoring the first goal.
Frazer Richardson and Oscar Gobern are the only injury absentees.
Wolverhampton - Southend
Mick McCarthy will reward two youth players with starts as Southend travel to Marcus Hahnemann's Wolverhampton.
Wolves will be without David Edwards, Steven Mouyokolo, and Jelle Van Damme for the Southend tilt, and Hahnemann will hope to keep his place at the back of the Wolves defense.
Southend are off the back of a 3-1 thumping at the hands of fellow Round Two participants Port Vale.
Paul Sturrock will probably opt to play with Bilel Mohsni and Adam Bouzid as the club got international clearance for the duo.
Leeds United – Leicster City
Mike Grella hopes to play part in Leeds United's Carling Cup clash against Leicster City this Tuesday.
Though the young American has not featured for Leeds in Championship play since opening weekend, he did feature for them in the opening round of the Carling Cup.
Grella impressed with two goals in a reserves game this weekend and should get playing time against Leicster City.
Leeds opened the tournament with a win over Lincoln City and won their league game this weekend against Millwall.
Leicster City is yet to win a league game this season but will hope to continue on to the next round in Carling Cup play.
The Foxes beat Macclesfield Town 4-3 in the opening round.
The Whites could be without Lloyd Sam who left the weekend win over Millwall with an injury.
Robert Snodgrassis still recovering from a knee injury while Ben Parker and Patrick Kisnorbo are still long-term scratches.
City could be without Chris Weale who was replaced due to injury in their weekend game. Miguel Vitor is questionable with a thigh problem.
Northampton Town – Reading
Seb Harris and Northampton Town take on Championship squad Reading in the Carling Cup.
Harris came on in the 77th minute of the Cobblers' tie against Bury. He could get playing time in this midweek game.
Town are winless so far in League Two play but are hopeful to reach the next round of tournament play.
They beat Brighton & Hove Albion in the opening round.
Reading come in to the Carling Cup second round struggling in Championship play. They have yet to record a win this season.
The Royals though did beat Torquay 1-0 in the opening round of the Carling Cup and hope to continue in the tournament with a win over the Cobblers.
Paul Rodgers was hurt in the Cobblers weekend game against Bury and is likely to miss out this Tuesday.
Liam Davis is injured with an ankle problem while Craig Hinton is nursing a knee ailment.
Andy Griffin came off early due to injury in Reading's tie to Nottingham Forest on Saturday and looks to miss out in this game.
Ivar Ingimarsson is nursing a hamstring injury while Jay Tabb is suffering from a recurring ankle problem. Both are questionable.
Jonathan Spector looks to be out of favor at West Ham who take on Oxford United in the Carling Cup.