Stoke City will be looking to side step the potential banana skin of being knocked out by a lower league side for the second year running when they play Walsall tonight.
The Potters were beaten 1-0 by an impressive Liverpool side in their opening Premier League game of the season. The score line remained flattering to Stoke as goalkeeper Asmir Begovic produced a fine performance, whereas they could have made the game 1-1 had striker Jonathan Walters scored from the spot late on. Stroke overcame Crystal Palace 2-1 in their latest match after falling behind, with the winner coming from captain Ryan Shawcross.
Walsall have enjoyed a decent start to their league campaign with two wins, one draw and one loss. Both victories in the league this season have come in away games. Their first round victory also came in an away match, against Port Vale. Walsall will be hoping to carry on their rich away form and claim a victory over new Stoke boss Mark Hughes.
KICK-OFF: Wednesday, 7.45pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Stoke 2-1 Walsall; FA Cup 2006
Stoke 3-2 Walsall; Football League Division 1 2004
Walsall 1-1 Stoke; Football League Division 1 2003
Stoke were knocked out of the competition by Paulo DiCanio’s Swindon last season.
Walsall went on a 16 game winless streak from October until late December last year.
Stoke to win: 1.4
Walsall to win: 4.8
TV: Highlights on The League Cup Show on BBC One at 11.35pm