Sporf’s exclusive Carabao Cup Round Two Preview

After a thrilling Round One which saw some huge upsets and great goals, Sporf will now take you through what’s set to come in Round Two of the Carabao Cup.

The previous round had 35 matches, with 13 of them going to a nail-biting penalty shootout. The victors have advanced to the next stage where they will be met by Premier League clubs not playing in Europe.

First up, League Two side Barrow will go up against Aston Villa – it is their first Round Two contest since way back in 1969.

Derby Country secured a spot in the tie after beating Salford City – but they will face a tougher contest by way of Sheffield United. 

The competition’s north / south seeding has thrown up some matches between close rivals – the northwest is littered with some historic games, such as Oldham Athletic vs Accrington Stanley, Wigan Athletic vs Bolton Wanderers and Morecambe v Preston North End.

The following day, further action will take place in Round Two. The key fixture is Arsenal’s trip to the West Brom – Mikel Arteta has succeeded in domestic cup competition before, but faces a tough tie against The Baggies, who have scored freely in the Sky Bet Championship so far this season. 

Steve Bruce’s Newcastle will host Burnley at St James’ Park. The Lancashire side will be wary of Allan Saint-Maximin, the Frenchman giving them a huge headache in the home and away matches in the Premier League last season.

Meanwhile, a giant-killing could be on the cards by the way of Newport County. Southampton will travel to Rodney Parade favourites but face a side known for turning over big club names.

Make sure you head to the EFL website to find out more about match tickets and how you can show your support for your club. 

And make sure you’re following SPORF and EFL channels for previews, reaction and plenty of goals for the entire Carabao Cup! 

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