Brighton & Hove Albion open their Carabao Cup campaign against Southampton at the Amex Stadium on Tuesday evening - kick-off 7.45pm - as Chris Hughton’s side enter the competition in the second round.
The Seagulls came up against south-coast opposition in the third round of the Carabao Cup last season, but AFC Bournemouth claimed a 1-0 victory after extra time at the Vitality Stadium.
The Saints exited the competition in the second round against Wolverhampton Wanderers, as the Premier League newcomers claimed a 2-0 win at St Mary’s.
Both sides could make a host of changes for the cup tie at the Amex, with Albion and Southampton in Premier League action against Fulham and Crystal Palace respectively over the weekend.
Lewis Dunk remains sidelined for the Seagulls, but could return for the visit of the Cottagers. Jose Izquierdo, Bruno and Florin Andone are also unlikely to feature.
For the Saints, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg will be missing through suspension, after picking up two yellow cards against Leicester City on Saturday.
The Seagulls occupy 13th position in the Premier League after three matches, as Hughton’s team sit on three points thanks to their 3-2 victory over Manchester United.
Albion were well beaten on the opening day of the season against Watford, but their impressive display at Anfield on Saturday - where they lost 1-0 to Liverpool - could have arguably deserved a point.
The Saints opened the season with a goalless draw against Burnley at St Mary’s, but two defeats have since followed for Mark Hughes’s team.
A 2-1 defeat to Everton came at Goodison Park, before Harry Maguire’s injury-time header inflicted another 2-1 loss, as Leicester City took all three points away on the south coast.
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The sides shared a 1-1 draw in the Premier League back in January, as Jack Stephens fired home in the second half to cancel out Glenn Murray’s opener at St Mary’s.
Murray opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 14th minute, but the hosts applied pressure after the break and Stephens applied a clever finish on James Ward-Prowse’s free-kick to level the game.
Leonardo Ulloa was introduced late on and almost connected with Solly March’s free-kick, but neither side could find a winner as the spoils were shared in Hampshire.
LAST TIME OUT: ALBION
Albion line-up: Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Balogun, Bong; Knockaert (Locadia 75), Stephens, Propper, March (Jahanbakhsh 75); Bissouma (Gross 79); Murray.
Subs not used: Button (GK), Suttner, Bernardo, Kayal.
LAST TIME OUT: SOUTHAMPTON
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Southampton line-up: McCarthy; Cedric, Vestergaard, Hoedt, Bertrand; Elyounoussi (Romeu 79), Lemina, Hojbjerg, Redmond; Long (Armstrong 86), Ings (Austin 69).
Subs not used: Gunn (GK), Stephens, Ward-Prowse, Davis.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Charlie Austin
After starting Southampton’s opening two matches of the season, Charlie Austin was placed on the bench for Leicester City’s visit and was introduced as a second-half substitute.
The forward will be keen to prove a point in cup competition for the Saints, as the 29-year-old competes with Danny Ings and Shane Long for Southampton’s forward berths.
Austin fired seven goals in 24 Premier League matches last season, however the striker is yet to repeat the goalscoring form which saw him net 18 times for Queens Park Rangers during the 2014/15 campaign.
The Saints forward has shown his eye for goal over the years, and Mark Hughes will be desperate to see Austin achieve similar success, as they visit the Amex Stadium in cup competition.