LONDON, Sporting Alert – English Premier League teams Chelsea, Liverpool, Crystal Palace, West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City, Everton, Swansea City, Watford and Hull City are among the sides in action in Tuesday’s EFL Cup.
No fewer than 21 games are on the day’s schedule and all eight top-flight sides will be hoping for a smooth run in their respective second-round contests.
At Stamford Bridge, Chelsea, which opened the new season with back-to-back wins in the league, will take on Bristol Rovers and Blues manager Antonio Conte is likely to rest several of his senior players against the League One travellers.
“It was important to win these two games because you can continue to trust in the work and raise the confidence of the players,” Conte said about his team’s perfect start in the league.
“For these reasons it was important to start in the right way for all of us. Now we must continue and we have a great chance to continue in the next game at home.”
Among the players set to be rested by Conte are goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, playmaker Eden Hazard, captain and leading defender John Terry, along with fellow defenders Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic and striker Diego Costa.
Summer signing Michy Batshuayi could be handed his first competitive start at the EPL club, with forward Pedro also set to feature from the start.
Meanwhile, Liverpool will seek to bounce back from the shocking 2-0 defeat suffered at the hands of Burnley in the EPL over the weekend on the trip to Burton Albion.
Unlike Conte, Jurgen Klopp will not be tempted into making too many changes to his squad, but striker Danny Ings could get a run out from the start on Tuesday.
Elsewhere in Tuesday’s EFL Cup action, Crystal Palace, still looking for a first win this season, will host Blackpool, Everton will entertain Yeovil Town, Hull City will travel to Exeter City, Northampton Town play host to West Bromwich Albion, Peterborough United and Swansea City will battle, while Stoke City will look to rebound from the league defeat to Manchester City against Stevenage on the road.
Watford is also in action and takes on Gillingham.
EFL Cup Second Round Fixtures
2:30 PM Crystal Palace v Blackpool
2:45 PM Stevenage v Stoke City
2:45 PM Watford v Gillingham
2:45 PM Burton Albion v Liverpool
2:45 PM Chelsea v Bristol Rovers
2:45 PM Everton v Yeovil Town
2:45 PM Exeter City v Hull City
2:45 PM Northampton Town v West Bromwich Albion
2:45 PM Peterborough United v Swansea City
2:45 PM Derby County v Carlisle United
2:45 PM Blackburn Rovers v Crewe Alexandra
2:45 PM Luton Town v Leeds United
2:45 PM Millwall v Nottingham Forest
2:45 PM Newcastle United v Cheltenham Town
2:45 PM Norwich City v Coventry City
2:45 PM Oxford United v Brighton and Hove Albion
2:45 PM Preston North End v Oldham Athletic
2:45 PM Queens Park Rangers v Rochdale
2:45 PM Scunthorpe United v Bristol City
2:45 PM Wolverhampton Wanderers v Cambridge United
3:00 PM Reading v MK Dons