Steve Bruce will hand Asamoah Gyan his first start of the season as the Sunderland manager looks to get his £13m signing match-fit.
Bruce has stated in earlier rounds that he’s targeting the Carling Cup as a potential trophy at the end of the season, and both Sunderland and West Ham are likely to be close to full strength for Tuesday night’s game.
“We are capable of winning a trophy and if I am going to be honest I don’t think we are going to win the Premier League but we have got a chance in the cup,” said Bruce.
“You can win five, six games and any Premier League side can do that so we will be treating it very, very seriously and putting out a team that will merit that.”
West Ham manager Avram Grant will be back in the dugout after missing his side’s draw with Stoke City, but will send out his first team in an attempt for his side to find some form.
The Hammers only win this season came in this competition but Grant’s side will be confident of victory at the Stadium of Light, 7/2 to win, having lost to Sunderland just once in the last three seasons.
However West Ham will have to break down a strong Sunderland defence that has kept three clean sheets in their last three home Carling Cup fixtures – Sunderland are 4/5 to win.
Last season’s Premier League match at Sunderland finished 2-2, it’s 16/1 for the same scoreline tonight and if that happens, the match will be decided through extra time and penalties with Sunderland, 4/11, and West Ham, 2/1, to qualify.
It’s 5/2 for the ninety minutes to end in a draw. See the full Sunderland vs West Ham match betting market here.