Bradford City manager Mark Hughes says he is targeting a victory against Hull City (Bradford 11/5, draw 11/5, Hull 23/20 – match betting) in the first round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening.
The former three-time League Cup winner is in his first full season in charge of the Bantams as they try and escape League Two.
In two games so far this season they have collected just one point – a goalless draw at home to Doncaster Rovers was followed by a late defeat at Barrow on Saturday.
Hughes is looking at the League Cup as a pleasant distraction from the gruelling league season and they face a Hull City side unbeaten in two so far.
A last-minute win against Bristol City was followed by a 0-0 draw against Preston North End at the weekend, with Shota Arveladze’s ambitious Tigers aiming high.
Bradford reached the final of this competition back in 2013 when playing in League Two and Hughes wants them to take Tuesday’s clash seriously.
“You should always give it your best shot,” he said. “Don’t get me wrong some circumstances for clubs don’t allow them to go full strength.
“The beauty of the cup is giant-killing and lower league teams going up against bigger ones and causing a shock. I like that idea.”
Elsewhere, Norwich City will be hoping to kickstart their season as they host Birmingham City (Norwich 8/13, draw 11/4, Birmingham 19/5 – match betting) in an all-Championship clash at Carrow Road.
Dean Smith’s side lost 1-0 at Cardiff City before drawing 1-1 with Wigan Athletic and they face John Eustace’s Blues, who have picked up four points from two games thus far.
Huddersfield Town face Preston (Huddersfield 7/4, draw 21/10, Preston 6/4) in another all-Championship clash with Danny Schofield’s men one of only two teams in the second tier to have lost both games so far.
Meanwhile, Stockport County, back in the EFL following an 11-year absence, play their first EFL Cup game in more than a decade at League Two rivals Harrogate Town (Harrogate 12/5, draw 13/5, Stockport 19/20).