Paolo Di Canio, who only managed to pick up three wins during his time as the Black Cats’ manager has been dismissed. This leaves Kevin Ball in charge ahead of tonight’s fixture against Peterborough.
After a disastrous beginning to the season for Sunderland, having only collected 1 point in their five Premier League games, they are in desperate need of a win. Following the dismissal of head coach Di Canio, just 48-hours before this fixture, Sunderland have a daunting task ahead of them. The side scraped their way through the last round, where they managed to score four goals in the last 12 minutes in order to beat Karl Robinson’s MK Dons 4-2.
But Peterborough appear to be in good form, having won eight of their last ten games across all competitions. They have also scored more goals in this competition than any other team, with a total of eleven.
KICK-OFF: Tuesday, 7.45pm.
PAST THREE MEETINGS...
Peterborough 0 Sunderland 2 (Larsson, McClean), FA Cup, January 2012
Peterborough 1 (Adcock) Sunderland 3 (Russell, Gray 2), League Division 1, March 1994
Sunderland 2 (Gray, Owers) Peterborough 0, League Division 1, October 1993
Peterborough and Sunderland have never crossed paths in this competition before.
Sunderland were knocked out of the League Cup in the third round last year, by a League One side.
The Black Cats are currently on their worst run since February.
Peterborough’s Lee Tomlin is the competition's current top goal-scorer with a total of 5 goals in 2 games.
Sunderland to win: 1.74
Peterborough to win: 5.4
TV: Highlights on Wednesday 25 September, BBC One 23:05-00:05, ‘The League Cup Show’.