The Carabao Cup action continues this evening with 12 more teams bidding to book a spot in the third round. 

Five Premier League sides will be desperate to avoid the same fate as Crystal Palace, who became the first top-tier side to be dumped out of the competition last night.

With six games on the menu, we turn the spotlight on three you will definitely want to keep an eye on.

West Brom vs Harrogate (Sky Sports, 6pm)

Slaven Bilic’s Baggies were humbled on their return to the Premier League when Leicester cruised to a 3-0 victory at The Hawthorns on Sunday.

And while avoiding relegation is Bilic’s priority this term, the Croatian boss could do without an embarrassing cup exit at the hands of minnows Harrogate.

The Yorkshire club got their maiden Football League campaign off to a perfect start by thumping Southend 4-0 on Saturday and will be confident of giving their loftier opponents a scare.

Defender Cedric Kipre could make his West Brom debut and there may also be a first start of the season for Charlie Austin as Bilic freshens things up.

Southampton vs Brentford (7.45pm)

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton will have to be at their best to avoid an upset against 2019-20 Championship play-off finalists Brentford.

The Bees looked like a Premier League side in waiting last term before a late collapse and still retain plenty of quality — despite the departure of star striker Ollie Watkins to Aston Villa.

That £28million deal, along with the likely departure of winger Said Benrahma, means visiting boss Thomas Frank may hand chances to youngsters while the club identify potential replacements.

The Saints were finalists in this competition as recently as 2017 and could be considered dark horses this season given their excellent post-lockdown form.

Austrian boss Hasenhuttl has hinted he will field a strong side after claiming his senior players were short of match fitness following a 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Everton vs Salford (Sky Sports, 8.15pm)

Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton will look to build on an encouraging start to their 2020-21 campaign when they welcome League Two Salford to Goodison Park.

The Toffees won 1-0 at Tottenham on Sunday but Ancelotti (pictured above) is likely to rest James Rodriguez, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure after impressive debuts.

Yet with the likes of Alex Iwobi, Theo Walcott and Moise Kean all out to impress, the Merseysiders will still be a tough nut for the fourth-tier side to crack.

Salford, owned by Manchester United’s Class of 92 legends, are among the favourites for the League Two title and have already dumped Championship side Rotherham out of this competition.

Boss Graham Alexander is likely to go with a strong team in the hope of springing a surprise in front of the TV cameras.

Tonight’s other games

Ipswich vs Fulham (7pm)

Bristol City vs Northampton (7.45pm)

Leeds vs Hull (7.45pm)


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