West Brom v Rotherham

25 August 2009 03:00
Carling Cup second round Venue: The Hawthorns Date: Wednesday, 26 August 2009 Kick-off: 1945 BST Coverage: BBC Sport website, BBC Radio 5 live, BBC local radio & highlights on The League Cup Show TEAM NEWS Striker Roman Bednar is set to return to the West Brom side following a three-month ban. But Robert Koren and Chris Brunt are sidelined with calf injuries and Jerome Thomas misses out because of illness, while Joe Mattock (shin) is also out. Rotherham boss Mark Robins is unlikely to risk Ian Sharps. The Millers skipper missed Sunday's league victory against Rochdale with a back injury and is set to sit out the game at The Hawthorns. MATCH PREVIEW Rotherham, who knocked out Derby in the last round, now get the chance to claim another Championship scalp. 606: DEBATE Have your say on the game This time they will need to do it away from home, but have reason to be upbeat after a good start to their league campaign. West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo is already faring better in cup competitions than he did in his previous job. The Baggies' first-round win against Bury was Di Matteo's first cup victory as a manager. MK Dons went out in the first round of all three compeitions they played in under him last season. MATCH FACTS Head-to-head • West Brom and Rotherham have only faced each other 10 times, and the Baggies have won half of those games. Rotherham have won twice and three matches have been drawn. • Albion thrashed the south Yorkshire club 4-0 in their only previous meeting in the League Cup; a second-round tie in 1977. West Brom • West Brom, the 1966 winners, were tripped up by Hartlepool at this second-round stage last year. • The Baggies are unbeaten this season and have won their last four matches. Rotherham • The Millers have a good League Cup pedigree. They were runners-up to Aston Villa in the inaugural competition in 1961, and accounted for Sheffield Wednesday, Wolves and Southampton in reaching the fourth round last season. • Manager Mark Robins was part of the Leicester side that won the League Cup in 1998. • Adam Le Fondre has scored in the Millers' last two games

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