Five League Cup games to keep an eye on

Bradford V Swansea League Cup

A few ties that you might not necessarily be interested in to keep an eye out for, including a real worry for Newcastle United, and tough away trips for Leeds, Bolton and Crystal Palace.

The second round gets takes place this week, meaning that Premier League clubs who aren't involved in any European competition enter the draw. Here is a look at few ties which may be worth keeping an eye on.  

Burnley v Preston

Preston fans must be loving the League Cup this season given as the draw has given them yet another Lancashire derby, this time away at Burnley. Preston overcame Blackpool 1-0 at Deepdale in the first round, whilst Burnley won 4-0 at York City. Their form other than in the cups sees Burnley making a solid start to their Championship campaign with seven points from four games, whilst Preston have drawn out of four out of four in League One. Even though Burnley are a division above, this is going to be a tough game for both sides.

Doncaster v Leeds

This one should be tasty as two Yorkshire rivals go head-to-head. Leeds have made a decent start to the season and are only two points off the pace whilst newly-promoted Doncaster sit in mid-table. The sides met in this competition at the same stage two seasons ago with Leeds coming out on top so Doncaster will feel they have a score to settle this time around.

Morecambe v Newcastle

Can Morecambe repeat another giant killing from the previous round? It will be a tougher test this time around against Newcastle than it was for them against Wolves one would think. A lot will depend on how highly Alan Pardew values the League Cup this season, will his team selection reflect full concentration on the league this season? If so, Morecambe might sense an opportunity.

Tranmere v Bolton

Both sides have had pretty poor starts to their league campaigns having played four games without winning so this game will probably be a welcome distraction for them. It looks like this game could be an extreme, either one that is really good, or really bad. Bolton will be favourites given their Championship status

Bristol City v Crystal Palace

Another one to ponder over a Premier League side’s team selection. Will Ian Holloway decide one of his stronger sides and go for a win to try and get some momentum into Palace’s season, or will he take the chance of putting out a few fringe players to concentrate on the league and risking defeat in the cup? Having said that, Bristol City haven’t had a great start to the season, but as we all know in the cup games, the result may not reflect the formbook.

Which games will you be keeping an eye out for?

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