The League Cup returns to action this week, with 16 teams remaining, including 10 Premier League sides left in the pool. Half the matches are scheduled take place over the next two days, with two of those happening on Tuesday.
Bournemouth looks for its third League Cup quarterfinals berth in the last five years as the Cherries host Championship side Norwich City at Vitality Stadium. Reports suggest that Jermain Defoe could be one of many fringe Cherries playerse to appear in the side. Defoe has made just three Premier League appearances this season so far, but with Joshua King suffering from an ankle problem, the 36-year-old is expected to enter the fray.
While Bournemouth has seen recent success in the League Cup, Norwich has not. A win would give the Canaries their first appearance this deep in the tournament since 2012/13, and only their second quarterfinals appearance in the last 22 years. Sitting fourth in the Championship table, Norwich has had a fantastic start to the season thus far under manager Daniel Farke. Since falling to Leeds United in late August, Norwich has rattled off nine wins in 12 matches across all competitions, with just one loss in that span.
Also in action on Tuesday is Nottingham Forest visiting League One side Burton Albion. This match could be a wild one, given that Forest’s results have been all over the map of late. They have three wins, three draws, and a loss in the club’s last seven matches, even finishing a man down in two of the three victories.
Burton was relegated from the Championship last season and sit 16th in the League One standings this season through 15 matches, but the hosts will have extra motivation knowing that this is the first time Burton Albion has ever reached the Fourth Round of the League Cup. They knocked off Premier League side Burnley 3-1 in the last round just to reach this point.
Leicester City’s match against Southampton was postponed following the death of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in a helicopter crash on Saturday.