JOHN KRETLOW - Tuesday, September 21, 2010
The third round of the League Cup will see some stars rested, but will also give the likes of Brad Guzan and Eddie Johnson playing time as the tournament heats up.
Burnley - Bolton Wanderers
Owen Coyle will be on center stage when he takes Stuart Holden and Bolton to his former stomping grounds at Burnley.
The Bolton man will not take this game lightly, and will look to take Bolton further than the third round of the League Cup with a win. Both Andy and Joey O'Brien are out for the immediate future, while Sean Davis will look to make a return from his knee injury at the end of October.
Coyle's successor Brian Laws will be without Ross Wallace, who only lasted 21 minutes in Burnley's 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace over the weekend. Chris McCann is also out due to a long term knee injury, while danger man Chris Iwelumo went 70 minutes but is still expected to start against Bolton.
Stoke City - Fulham
Eddie Johnson will look to continue making appearances as Clint Dempsey will be eyeing another start for Fulham who travel to Stoke City.
Fulham have seven injured players, none of which will be able to make a return for the League Cup match. Bobby Zamora is the biggest absentee, out until February with a broken leg. Diomansy Kamara will look to return at the week's end, but David Stockdale remains out until the middle of October.
Stoke will continue to be without Jermaine Pennant until the beginning of October after being sidlined with a hamstring injury. Mamady Sidibe is out until the beginning of next year after a lower leg injury rules him out of action.
Aston Villa - Blackburn Rovers
Eric Lichaj will look to join Brad Guzan as Aston Villa host Blackburn Rovers this midweek in League Cup play.
Guzan should get the start over fellow American and regular starter Brad Friedel.
Villa tied Bolton 1-1 this weekend in Premier League action but is looking to win this midweek over Blackburn.
Stilian Petrov was injured in Aston Villa's last game and is questionable for playing time against Rovers while Fabian Delph is out with a knee problem. The rest of the team appears to be fit.
Blackburn is coming off a 1-1 tie against Fulham and will want to get on the winning side this midweek.
Michel Salgado was injured last week for Blackburn and missed their game against Fulham this weekend. He is questionable for the League Cup clash. Keith Andrews has a groin injury and should miss.
Northampton Town - Liverpool
Seb Harris and Northampton Town will travel to Anfield and take on Liverpool in League Cup action this midweek.
Harris started in Northampton Town's loss to Shrewsbury Town last weekend but was subbed off for tactical reasons in the 35th minute.
The young American could get playing time against the Premier League team.
Abdul Osman was injured in Northampton Town's weekend game and is questionable for Wednesday's Cup action.
Liverpool's starting eleven could be shuffled quite a bit this Wednesday against the League Two team.
Marcus Hahnemann will likely be rested when Notts County come to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Jonathan Spector will hope to make the bench as West Ham travel to Sunderland in the Carling Cup.
Tim Howard will likely be rested as Everton travel to League One outfit Brentford in the Carling Cup.