Amongst the 10 EFL Cup third round ties on Tuesday, QPR and Sheffield United will be aiming to knock out Premier League opposition.
The two Championship clubs are in action in the Carabao Cup with the Blades hosting Southampton, while QPR entertain Everton.
R’s boss Mark Warburton says his players should relish taking on Rafa Benitez’s Toffees, even if both managers are expected to rotate their squads for the game. QPR are 11/4 to win the tie in 90 minutes, Everton are 10/11, while a draw at the end of normal time is 11/4.
QPR lost 2-1 at home to Bristol City on Saturday and go to West Brom on Friday in the league so Everton’s visit comes during another hectic week but Warburton is still looking forward to the third round clash.
“You have to be excited by a tie of this magnitude,” he said on the club’s website. “We are playing against a Premier League club who have enjoyed a strong start to the season, Saturday’s result (a 3-0 defeat against Aston Villa) aside.
“They’ve got a top quality squad. Everton are a club with a huge history and I’ve no doubt that Rafa will want to progress in the competition, just like we do.”
Warburton has kept his cards close to his chest in terms of who he will select against Everton but admitted he has “options that we must make sure we utilise”, although he has confirmed Luke Amos will be involved “in some capacity” for his first senior appearance in almost a year after recovering from his serious knee injury.
Benitez, meanwhile, is expected to make several changes but striker Salomon Rondon is set to make his second start after being in the line-up at Villa. Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Fabian Delph, Richarlison, Seamus Coleman and Jordan Pickford are all still out while the likes of Ellis Simms, Jonjoe Kenny and Jarrad Branthwaite are pushing to start.
Sheffield United will be without key men Sander Berge (hamstring), Jack O’Connell (knee), Oliver McBurnie (metatarsal fracture) and Morgan Gibbs-White (cup-tied) for their clash with Saints, who have Jack Stephens, Theo Walcott and Stuart Armstrong all out with various injuries (Sheffield United 3/1, Southampton 19/20, draw 12/5 – Match result).
Elsewhere, there is an all Premier League tie between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road (Norwich 9/2, Liverpool 4/7, draw 16/5 – Match result), League One Wycombe Wanderers will try to cause a huge shock by knocking out Manchester City at the Etihad (City 1/14, Wycombe 25/1, draw 10/1) and Fulham host Leeds United (Fulham 15/8, draw 12/5, Leeds 7/5).