West Brom will be looking to bounce back from a poor start to their Premier League campaign with a win against newly promoted Newport County in tonight’s league cup second round fixture. The Baggies lost their opening fixture to Southampton but managed a draw away to Everton at the weekend. Newport are managed by former Tottenham fullback Justin Edinburgh, and will be hoping to cause an upset. The Port have won three, drawn one and lost won, putting them into a promotion berth at present. The Exiles came through a tough fixture against Brighton with a 3-1 win in extra time.
West Brom have had a difficult week following the death of Nicholas Anelka’s agent. The Baggies were hoping that the Frenchman would play a large part in their season following the loss of loanee Romelu Lukaku. However, following the tragedy, Anelka may decide to walk away from the game. Steve Clarke has confirmed that he will play no part in Tuesday night’s game. West Brom will be hoping to improve on a third round exit last season.
KICK-OFF: Tuesday, 8pm
This will be the first meeting between the two sides in a competitive match in English football.
West Brom have won their last four second round league cup fixtures. All came against lower league opposition.
Newport County have not appeared in the League Cup since 1988.
West Brom to win: 1.27
Newport County to win: 13
TV: Highlights on The League Cup Show on BBC One at 11.35pm