West Bromwich Albion will look to show they are ready for a big season and an immediate return to the Premier League, when they host Arsenal in the EFL Cup.
The Baggies have made a good start to the Championship campaign after being relegated last term, winning three out of four so far – but taking a top-flight scalp in a domestic cup would add major confidence and impetus to their early-season form under Valerien Ismael.
Arsenal have been the total opposite – ending last season in good form when the pressure was off, but dismal at the start of this term.
Two defeats, no goals scored and lots of questions being asked about their recruitment strategy means the pressure is all on Mikel Arteta ahead of this cup clash.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the game.
When is the match?
The game kicks off at 8pm on Wednesday 25 August at the Hawthorns.
Where can I watch it?
The match will be shown on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football. Subscribers can stream the game via the Sky Go app.
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What is the team news?
Matthew Clark is the only absentee for West Brom after he left the game early at the weekend. Valerien Ismael could rotate, but the boss might opt to stick with a strong squad given the fragility of Arsenal right now.
Mikel Arteta is without a host of players including Gabriel Magalhaes, Thomas Partey and Hector Bellerin, all injured. Ben White is ill, but Alexandre Lacazette is back in training and Martin Odegaard is available after signing from Real Madrid and receiving international clearance. Aaron Ramsdale will hope to make his debut in goal.
WBA – Johnstone; Ajayi, Bartley, O’Shea; Furlong, Livermore, Mowatt, Townsend; Diangana, Grant, Robinson
ARS – Ramsdale; Chambers, Holding, Mari, Tavares; Elneny, Xhaka; Maitland-Niles, Odegaard, Saka; Aubameyang
West Brom 43/10
The Gunners badly need a result and a reaction after two inert displays. It won’t be straightforward but perhaps a second-tier side comes at just the right time for them. West Brom 1-2 Arsenal.
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