West Ham go into tonight’s game against Cheltenham Town off the back of an excellent start to their Premier League campaign. Four points out of a possible six with a win against Cardiff at home and a draw against Newcastle away sees the Hammers in foutth place in the league table. Sam Allardyce will be looking to replicate the team’s league form in the Capital One Cup against League Two side Cheltenham Town. The Robins barely missed out on promotion last season and have had a mixed start to the season with one win, one draw and two losses.
The game could see a second start in as many games for Hammers new boy Stewart Downing, who will be looking to impress his new manager and fellow team mates following a £5m move from Liverpool. The tie may also give an opportunity to some of West Ham’s emerging youth stars such as Elliot Lee and George Moncur. Lee made his professional debut last season in an away replay in the third round of the FA cup and will be looking to break into the first team this season.
KICK-OFF: Tuesday, 7.45pm
This will be the first meeting between the two sides in a competitive match.
West Ham made the semi-finals in 2011, losing to eventual winners Birmingham City after extra time.
Cheltenham have only reached as far as the second round in the League Cup.
West Ham to win: 1.31
Cheltenham Town to win: 13.5
TV: Highlights on The League Cup Show on BBC One at 11.35pm