There’s probably no team (at least in a meaningless game) that gets more pop than a first round league cup team.
The managers can change it all around, and there’s also a strong need to rotate as the schedule ramps up and the Champions League kicks in.
It always means a slew of debuts and youngsters thrown in, and tonight’s game is no exception. There are youngsters like Trevoh Chalobah and Xavier Mbuyamba in the mix, there are returns for Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi, a first start since the Champions League final for Ben Chilwell.
Even Malang Sarr – who we fully expected to be on loan at a mid table Bundesliga team by now, will get a chance to shine.
Don’t forget Saul, who gets a chance to do-over the shoddy 45 minute debut he made against this team two weeks ago.