Kevin Ball takes temporary charge of the Black Cats against Posh and it’s conceivable that the two teams might be meeting in the Championship next term given their respective starts to the campaign.
Meanwhile, there’s an east Midlands clash at the King Power Stadium when Derby make the short journey to Leicester, while there are two all-Premier League clashes aside from the televised contest between Aston Villa and Spurs.
West Ham United and Cardiff City meet at Upton Park having both lost in the Premier League last weekend, while Fulham entertain an Everton side who are managed by someone who took Wigan all the way in the FA Cup last term.
Sunderland v Peterborough United
We might see a passionate display of football from the Black Cats on Tuesday night even if they won’t be trying to win for former manager Paolo Di Canio, with the players thought to be partly responsible for the departure of the Italian on Sunday evening.
Lee Cattermole apparently led a mutiny against Di Canio and the midfielder is likely to lead out the team for this Capital One Cup clash, with Ladbrokes offering a best price 4/6 that we see Sunderland claim victory and a place in the last sixteen of the competition.
It’s been a pretty sorry start to the campaign for the Wearside team who sit bottom of the Premier League, although teams often benefit from the escapism of a cup competition and Sunderland’s only win of the season came in the previous round when beating MK Dons 4-2.
Di Canio wasn’t given a chance to bed new players into the team, including £6.5million signing Emanuele Giaccherini and the Italian will be looking to double his goal tally for the season on Tuesday night, with Coral offering a surprisingly big 12/1 that he scores the first goal.
Peterborough will be full of confidence for this fixture after beating MK Dons on Saturday, winning the match 2-1 despite being reduced to ten men for much of the match, while they played the final fifteen minutes with nine players.
Darren Ferguson’s side are a 9/2 chance to win the game and have a sharp-shooter in the form of Britt Assombalonga, with the forward available at 7/1 to score the first of this match.
Hull City v Huddersfield
Steve Bruce is delighted with the way his team have started the season although the starting XI that beat Newcastle last Saturday are likely to have the night off on Tuesday, with the second string turning out in the Capital One Cup.
That’s what happened at Leyton Orient in the previous round as the Tigers won at Brisbane Road in extra-time, with BetVictor offering nearly even money at 37/40 that Hull beat their Championship opponents and make further progress in this competition.
Bruce has his sights set firmly on remaining in the Premier League this season and that could open the door for a decent Huddersfield team who are establishing themselves as a permanent fixture in the Championship under Mark Robins.
The Terriers are sitting ninth in the table after claiming twelve points from eight matches, although they have had a good deal of joy at the Galpharm compared to road trips which have seen Town score just two goals in four games.
William Hill go 7/2 about an away win at the KC Stadium and perhaps they have a chance against a City reserve team, with James Vaughan scoring for fun at the moment and the former Everton man is a 13/2 chance to break the deadlock.
Manchester City v Wigan Athletic
Manuel Pellegrini had a big smile on his face last Sunday as Manchester City put Wigan to the sword and will now hope to make some progress in the Capital One Cup, with the Chilean having a mandate to win lots of trophies at the Etihad Stadium.
The manager was able to select several seasoned internationals on the bench for Sunday’s derby and we will see Micah Richards, Joleon Lescott, James Milner and Stevan Jovetic return to the team for this game in a repeat of last season’s FA Cup final.
Sky Bet offer odds of 2/7 that City claim victory in this game and it’s possible that their opponents will also be rotating their squad thanks to a hectic fixture schedule of their own!
Wigan’s reward for winning the FA Cup last season is a place in the Europa League and Owen Coyle might give some players the night off following Sunday’s 2-0 win against Ipswich Town, something which elevated the Latics into the top-half of the Championship.
The visitors are a 12/1 chance to claim victory at the Etihad Stadium and might have pulled off a coup by landing Manchester United’s Nick Powell on loan, with the forward opening his Wigan account at the weekend. He can be backed at 18/1 to score against the enemy.
However, this is the sort of match where Edin Dzeko might be able to demonstrate his flat-track bully credentials, with the Bosnian a 4/1 chance to score the first goal and an attractive 20/1 poke to find the net three times and enjoy a hat-trick against Wigan.
Fulham v Everton
The Toffees head back to London on Tuesday for the next round of the League Cup, with Everton having enjoyed an unbeaten start to the season although they did need extra-time to see off Stevenage in the last round.
The scorer of the winning goal that night was Marouane Fellaini, with the Belgian having since left for Manchester United although Roberto Martinez recruited well on transfer deadline day, including the signing of Romelu Lukaku on loan for the season.
The Chelsea striker wasted little time opening his account for Everton after scoring the winner at Upton Park on Saturday and could lead the line on Tuesday night as Sky Bet go 6/1 about the Belgian breaking the deadlock at Craven Cottage.
The bookies make the visitors favourite at 7/5 with Coral to claim victory in this match, although perhaps that is overestimating their chances considering that Martinez might make a few changes to the team that beat West Ham.
Fulham will also be looking to make some progress in this competition and start scoring some goals after an insipid start to the campaign which sees them in the relegation zone after five games played.
The Cottagers came through 120 minutes against Burton in the previous round to book their place in the last 32 and 23/10 (bet365) seems like a big price about the home team considering Martin Jol will want his side to start playing themselves into some decent form.
Dimitar Berbatov is currently on the sidelines although Darren Bent missed a gilt-edged chance to score at Stamford Bridge and can be backed at 15/2 to make amends with the first goal of this game, while you can get 16/1 about Leighton Baines delivering the goods after the left-back scored two wonderful free-kicks against the Hammers.
Southampton v Bristol City
The bookies will have been celebrating a win for the Saints on Saturday as Southampton claimed a 1-0 victory at Anfield, a result which proved to be a considerable coupon-buster.
Mauricio Pochettino is making his team very hard to beat and they thrashed Barnsley 5-1 in the previous round of the competition which suggests that a similar scoreline could be on the cards against a Bristol City team who are struggling for victories since their relegation to League One.
Indeed, the Robins have been winless in the league this season although they have claimed two League Cup wins to reach this stage of the competition, including a 2-1 victory against Crystal Palace in the previous round which saw Ian Holloway rest his entire first team.
City twice took the lead at Swindon on Saturday before losing 3-2 and have kept just one clean sheet all term, something which makes Southampton an attractive bet at 4/11 (Paddy Power) when it comes to assembling a midweek coupon.
In the previous round, Rickie Lambert was given the night off and we might see a second string Saints team in operation at St Mary’s, with Gaston Ramirez looking to press his claims for a first-team place and he can be backed at 7/1 (Sky Bet) to score the first goal of the game.
Steven Davis will be on penalty duties and scored twice against the Tykes, with the former Rangers man available at 14/1 to break the deadlock in this game, while the bookies are happy to quote some big prices about an away win.
Bet365 go 17/2 about Sean O’Driscoll’s team claiming their second Premier League scalp and we can see the visitors finding the net, although a 5-1 victory in favour of Southampton could be a decent bet at 40/1 with Coral.
Watford v Norwich City
If the Hornets win on Tuesday night, it would be wrong to describe the victory as a shock considering that they are slight favourites going into this League Cup match.
Watford are one of the better teams in the Championship and have scored ten goals in their four home games to date this season, while they went and won 5-1 at Barnsley last weekend which demonstrates their ability to put teams brutally to the sword.
They can be backed at 13/8 (William Hill) to win this match and might get the better of their Premier League opponents if Chris Hughton decides to rest several first-team players for this match, with Norwich having lost 1-0 at home to Aston Villa on Saturday.
Then again, Gianfranco Zola might well want to leave some of his regular starters on the bench, although Troy Deeney is likely to start in attack and can be backed at 5/1 with Coral to score the first goal of this particular game.
The visitors are as big as 9/5 (bet365) to book their place in the last sixteen of the competition although Hughton will have one eye on Sunday’s trip to Stoke City after a poor start to the campaign despite being the only team to beat Southampton this term.
Scoring goals have been a problem aside from that entertaining 6-3 triumph against Bury in the previous round of the competition and this match could be a chance for Gary Hooper to stake a claim for a first team place after getting just half an hour against Aston Villa.
The former Celtic man is a 6/1 poke to score the first of what could be a high-scoring encounter and Over 2.5 Goals backers should have money in the bank by taking odds of 7/10 (BetVictor) that the net bulges on at least three occasions.
West Ham v Cardiff City
Sam Allardyce and Malky Mackay will have a competition of which manager can make the most first-team changes for this encounter, with the latter likely to select a completely different starting XI from the one that narrowly lost at home to Tottenham on Sunday.
A point against Spurs would have continued City’s solid start to the campaign, although they instead sit 16th in the table and Mackay will already be looking forward to Saturday’s match at Craven Cottage in an attempt to bolster the team’s Premier League points tally.
It is why Ladbrokes offer 5/2 about an away win in this game and the odds reflect the fact that the first team lost 2-0 at Upton Park on the opening day of the season, although that remains the only time that the Hammers have won in the league.
Allardyce saw his West Ham team twice take the lead against Everton on Saturday before losing 3-2 although they are expected to come out of this cup tie with a place in the last sixteen and bet365 offer 23/20 about a home win.
Mark Noble is suspended for the encounter after his red card against the Toffees, while Ricardo Vaz Te and Mladen Petric will be out to stake a claim in the first team, especially as West Ham are so short of goals at the moment.
Vaz Te actually handed in a transfer request before deadline day but couldn’t force a move through and can be backed at 8/1 to score the first of this game, while Petric is a 13/2 chance and the Croatian will be looking to kickstart his life back in the Premier League.