THE BIG MATCH
Bradford City welcome local rivals Sheffield Wednesday to Valley Parade for their televised first round clash in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
After watching his side win 4-2 at home to Barnet on Saturday, new Bantams boss Phil Parkinson will again leave matters in the hands of Colin Cooper for match with the Owls.
The former Charlton Athletic boss explained to www.bradfordcityfc.co.uk on Monday: "I spoke to him [Colin Cooper] this morning, and he clearly knows the players better than I do.
"Just to keep the continuity going from Saturday, he has taken training this morning and he will be sorting out all the organisational stuff for tomorrow.
"I will also be seeking his advice when it comes to the team selection. I think that is the best thing to do for tomorrow and then we will take it from there."
Prior to Saturday's first win of the season, Bradford had lost three of their four games in npower League 2 and had also been knocked out of the Carling Cup by Yorkshire rivals Leeds United.
Nahki Wells, who netted the fourth in injury time at the weekend, is away on international duty with Bermuda so new signing Kyel Reid is expected to come into the squad in his place. Nialle Rodney also comes into contention after missing the win at the weekend through injury.
Sheffield Wednesday beat Scunthorpe United 3-2 on Saturday to record their second league win on the trot and will make the short trip full of confidence, despite a Carling Cup exit at the hands of Blackburn Rovers last week sandwiched in between. Unbeaten at home but yet to win away this year, the Owls are expected to make a handful of changes for the game tonight.
Gary Megson told www.swfc.co.uk: "Everyone is really grateful for the support that Johnstone's Paint show to football as sponsors.
"We have had to chop and change a little bit because of cup ties but that's nobody's fault, that's my decision to do so.
"I will pick a side which I think is right for Wednesday, which is what I always do."
A knee injury has kept former Bradford winger Jermaine Johnson out of the Owls side so far this season but he is on standby to make an appearance at Valley Parade after returning to full training.
KEEP AN EYE ON
Milton Keynes Dons, winners in 2007/08, entertain last season's beaten finalists Brentford at stadium:mk on Tuesday night.
The Dons have started the new season in style, they currently top npower League 1 having taken 13 points from a possible 15 and have progressed to third round of the Carling Cup, seeing off Cheltenham Town and Norwich City along the way.
After an opening day draw at home to Hartlepool United Karl Robinson's side have won six games in a row and they'll want to make that seven tonight and take their current form into a third competition.
"It will be a difficult game, they've spent a bit of money in the summer to support the new Manager but we're at home and it's nicely set up for a good game," defender Dean Lewington told MK Dons Player. "It's a great opportunity to get to Wembley and I have great memories from the time we did so it can be beneficial if you get through the first round because it gets more serious as you progress.
"When you are winning you can't wait for the next game, and we are looking forward to it."
Former Bees striker Charlie MacDonald stands by to face his former employers tonight having only left Griffin Park on Friday. The 30-year-old who has moved to fill the void left by Sam Baldock's departure, netted the only goal of the game for MK Dons on his debut at the weekend.
Uwe Rosler's reign at Griffin Park has started well with three wins from their five league games so far although having bowed out of the Carling Cup at the first hurdle he'll want to his side to progress in what on paper is currently the toughest tie he could have been handed due to the home side's impressive start to the campaign.
The Bees lost 2-0 at home to Tranmere Rovers on Saturday despite having put five past Leyton Orient in their previous league fixture.
Brentford will be without Niall McGinn who is away on international duty with Northern Ireland. Mike Grella, signed to replace MacDonald, and Harry Forrester could make their full Brentford debuts.
Leon Legge also faces a race against time to be fit having been withdrawn as a precautionary measure after sustaining an injury against Tranmere.
If fit, Legge is looking forward to keeping his former team-mate MacDonald quiet, as he explained to the Hounslow Chronicle: "I've played against him plenty of times in training so I know what sort of player he is. He is a goal scorer so he is always going to be a threat.
"I've been here for two seasons now and that helps. I know his game, know his strengths. It's a loss to the team but this is football, this is what happens really. At every club you will see players come in and out and you've just got to get on with it.
"He was the top scorer in his first two seasons and he is a natural goal scorer."
ELSEWHERE IN THE TROPHY
In the Northern section, Scunthorpe United mark their return to the competition they were runners-up in in 2008/09 with a home match against Hartlepool United. Tranmere Rovers, who got to the Area semi-finals last season, entertain Port Vale from npower League 2.
Burton Albion face a Sheffield United side making their first appearance in the competition and Bury are at home to Crewe Alexandra, who picked up their first win of the season at the weekend.
Huddersfield Town were denied a trip to Wembley by eventual winners Carlisle United last season and they will want to go one better this year, particularly after also getting so close to promotion last season, by beating Northampton Town. The Cobblers bowed out of the competition at first round stage last year and after three defeats in a row at Sixfields, they'll be under pressure to win for the first time on home soil this year.
Finally, completing the make-up of ties in the Northern section, Walsall entertain Shrewsbury Town at the Banks's Stadium.
In the South, Colchester United will look to follow up their 4-1 win at the weekend with victory over npower League 2 side Barnet, who themselves conceded four on Saturday. Bournemouth and Hereford United are two teams who haven't really got their season started yet this year and are currently down at the bottom of their respective divisions; they'll both be hoping a positive result tonight could kick start their campaign.
Cheltenham Town host Torquay United, one of only six sides who haven't yet lost away in npower League 2 this season. Area Final runners-up Exeter City have a local derby with Plymouth Argyle to kick-off their campaign this year while seventh in League 2 Southend United host third placed Crawley Town, who have tabled one point more than their hosts in the league competition so far. The Red Devils are another side making their first appearance in the tournament tonight.
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