Sports Mole preview Tuesday’s EFL Cup clash between Norwich City and Bournemouth, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
One of the most memorable matches in the second round of this season EFL Cup will take place at Carrow Road on Tuesday evening as a Championship outfit City of Norwich welcome to the Premier League Bournemouth.
Norwich enter the game after a 2-0 victory over Millwall in the second tier on Friday, while Bournemouth lost 3-0 to Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday.
Norwich are back in the second tier of English football, having finished bottom of the Premier League last season, and they have made a strong start to their 2022-23 league campaign, picking up seven points from five matches, which left them in eighth place in the table.
The Canaries are expected to be one of the challengers for promotion this term, and they come into this contest after successive wins, beating Huddersfield Town 2-1 on August 16 before running out the winners 2-0 at Millwall on Friday.
dean blacksmithThe side, who have a huge away game at Sunderland in the Championship next Saturday, needed penalties to beat Birmingham City in the first round of this season’s EFL Cup.
The two sides played out a 2-2 draw, with Birmingham coming from two goals behind to equalize late, but Norwich managed to win the shootout to advance to the second round of the competition.
Norwich have won the League Cup twice, their last success being in 1985 when they won 1-0 over Sunderland in the final.
Bournemouth, meanwhile, come into this fixture fresh off a 3-0 home defeat to Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday, which followed a 4-0 defeat at Manchester City.
Scott ParkerThe side opened their 2022-23 Premier League campaign with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa, but they have another tough league game at Liverpool next weekend, so it could potentially be three straight defeats for the side. Cherries, who were promoted from the Championship last season.
The EFL Cup won’t be too big for Bournemouth this season, but the game will provide the perfect opportunity to get some minutes in the legs of some of the players who haven’t been heavily involved so far.
The Cherries suffered a 6-0 loss to Norwich in the League Cup second round last season, so Parker’s side will be looking for revenue on Tuesday night.
Bournemouth have however won two of the last three meetings between the two teams, and the Premier League side will believe they are the favorites heading into the competition at Carrow Road.
Norwich City EFL Cup form:
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Norwich will again be without a number of first-team players for this game, with Sam McCallum, Jacob Sorensen, Sam Byram, isaac hayden and Dimitris Giannoulis on the sidelines.
Head coach Smith will make changes from the squad that started against Millwall in the league last time out, with Angus Gunn, Ben Gibson, Gabriel Sara and Teemu Pukki potentially enter the XI.
Aaron Ramsey could also feature in an advanced area for the championship, with Joshua Sargentwho scored twice against Millwall, potentially falling to the bench.
As for Bournemouth, David Brooks, Joe Rothwell and Ryan Frederick will again be absent, while Dominique Solanke shouldn’t be risky as he tries to overcome an ankle injury.
Parker will make changes from the side that started against Arsenal, with neto potentially making his debut between the sticks, while ryan christie, Lewis Cook and Jaidon Anthony should be among those to start with.
Emiliano Marcondes should also enter the XI, but Kieffer Moore could lead the line again for the Premier League side on Tuesday night.
Possible starting line-up from Norwich City:
Gunn; Gibson, Tomkinson, Hanley, McCallum; Dowell, Gibbs, Sara; Ramsey, Pukki, Hernandez
Possible starting line-up from Bournemouth:
Neto; Stacey, Senesi, Hill, Zemura; Cook, Christie, Pearson; Anthony, Moore, Marcondes
We say: Norwich City 1-2 Bournemouth
It has all the makings of a very interesting match, and we are planning an entertaining contest on Tuesday night. It certainly wouldn’t be a surprise to see Norwich triumph, but we have a feeling Bournemouth will have just about enough to emerge victorious.
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