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Norwich’s return to the Premier League has been predictably dreadful and it is unsurprising they find themselves bottom of the league after an unenviable start against Liverpool and Manchester City. In normal circumstances, it would be more logical for a relegation-threatened side to extract themselves from the unwanted distraction of the League Cup as quickly as possible, but Norwich could really do with a confidence booster.
Daniel Farke’s outfit have shipped eight goals in just two league games and are yet to find the back of the net, so it would serve them well to rediscover that winning feeling ahead of a tricky league fixture with Leicester. Bournemouth, meanwhile, will be dejected after surrendering a two-goal lead at home to Blackpool on Saturday. It feels like this game is far more important for Norwich than it is for Bournemouth at the moment, and the Canaries should put a difficult week behind them.
Everton have made an encouraging start to life under Rafa Benitez and have all the makings of a team that can go far in a competition like the League Cup – especially with the Spaniard at the helm. They have been handed a relatively favourable second-round draw and should be confident of progressing against a Huddersfield side that has endured an inconsistent start to the season.
The Terriers were thrashed 5-1 at home to Fulham in the second game of their league campaign, but have since recorded back-to-back victories over struggling Preston and Sheffield United. However, it is difficult to see them continuing that winning form into Tuesday night’s clash with an Everton side that has scored five goals in their opening two Premier League games. The Toffees have a very good opportunity of going far and must seize it with both hands.
QPR have made an encouraging start to their Championship campaign and early signs indicate that they may be able to mount a serious promotion challenge for the first time since their relegation from the Premier League in 2015. Mark Warburton’s side have picked up eight points from a possible 12, scoring an impressive nine goals in the process.
However, they are yet to win at Loftus Road and will surely be desperate for their home fans to witness a victory for the first time in 18 months. They have an opportunity to put that winless home record right on Tuesday against an Oxford side that has made a decent but unremarkable start to their League One season. QPR should have just about enough for them on Tuesday night.
Wolves, like Norwich, find themselves pointless and goalless after two league games, although their defensive record is far less dramatic. Bruno Lage has suffered back-to-back 1-0 defeats against tricky opposition in Leicester and Tottenham and will hope to record his first competitive win as Wolves boss against an abject Nottingham Forest, who have lost all four games in the Championship so far this season and sit rooted to the foot of the table. Their season seemed to be getting off to a good start as they neared victory at Coventry, but suffered defeat at the death thanks to some utterly shambolic defending.
It has gone from bad to worse since for Forest, who failed to register a shot on target in a 1-0 defeat to Stoke at the weekend. Manager Chris Hughton appears to be hanging onto his job by his fingernails and this fixture represents an excellent opportunity for Lage to record his first official win since taking over at Molineux.
19:00 Norwich v Bournemouth: Norwich To Win
19:45 Huddersfield v Everton: Everton To Win
19:45 QPR v Oxford: QPR To Win
20:00 Nottingham Forest v Wolves: Wolves To Win
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