Author: Tony MacDonald
2016/17 League Cup
Published: 15:23 08/09/2014
West Brom have been handed a home draw in the third round of the Capital One Cup, but will have to overcome Premier League opponents Hull to progress in the competition.
With both sides competing at the same level there's little between them in the match odds, although Albion are priced up as slight favourites due to the home advantage. Have your say on the game with a £20 free bet from Coral, when you register today and bet just £5.
The Baggies have had little to shout about so far this season and getting a good run in the League Cup may be viewed by some fans as an unwelcome distraction, while others will point to Sunderland's experience last season and how their rollercoaster ride to Wembley arguably helped them to beat the drop.
Alan Irvine may use this game to see how some of his new signings measure up with fans keen to see the likes of Sebastian Blanco, Silvestre Varela, Giorgios Samaras and Joleon Lescott in action. WBA have been unfortunate with injuries to a number of new faces and the quality of their summer acquisitions will be best judged after they've had a few more games to make an impact.
Hull have been brought crashing back down to earth after being dumped out the Europa League, so may well switch their focus to the Capital One Cup. The Tigers have had a mixed bag of results so far in the Premier League, but Steve Bruce has considerably bolstered his squad with deadline day signings Mohamed Diame, Gaston Ramirez and Hatem Ben Arfa on loan.
Winners of the competition in 1966 and finalists in 1967 and 1970, West Brom have exited the League Cup at this stage in the past three seasons and have gone as far as the quarter finals twice in the last 10 years.
The home side will need to improve on recent showings against Hull to make it to the fourth round this year, having failed to beat them in five attempts since a 1-3 away victory in the 2007/08 Championship season. The last time West Brom beat Hull at the Hawthorns was in 2006, but the head to head stats are remarkably even with each side winning three games each, while two matches were drawn.