Football League Cup: Some Real Teams Are Playing

SWANSEA, WALES - AUGUST 25: Michu of Swansea celebrates scoring the second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and West Ham United at the Liberty Stadium on August 25, 2012 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

The Premier League, minus the league's elite, joins the League Cup in the second round.

It's never too early for English football to find ways to cripple teams with fixture congestion! The second round of the League Cup -- now named the Capital One Cup for sponsorship reasons -- gets underway on Tuesday with a number of Premier League sides in action. The top flight's elite sides still have this round off, and will join the party in the third round.

This round still features some good sides and decent matchups, even if it doesn't feature the best of the best. Wigan are the Premier League team who face the toughest test, a road match against Nottingham Forest. Aston Villa, Norwich Sunderland, Stoke, Swansea, West Ham and Reading all have the benefit of playing at home on Tuesday. Everton plays at home on Wednesday. Fulham goes away to Sheffield Wednesday, while West Brom go away to Yeovil Town and Southampton goes away to Stevenage.

Schedule (all times ET)

Aston Villa vs. Tranmere Rovers - Tuesday, 2:45 p.m.
Burnley vs. Plymouth Argyle - Tuesday, 2:45 p.m.
Carlisle United vs. Ipswich Town - Tuesday, 2:45 p.m.
Coventry City vs. Birmingham City - Tuesday, 2:45 p.m.
Doncaster Rovers vs. Hull City - Tuesday, 2:45 p.m.
Gillingham vs. Middlesborough - Tuesday, 2:45 p.m.
Leeds United vs. Oxford United - Tuesday, 2:45 p.m.
Leicester City vs. Burton Albion - Tuesday, 2:45 p.m.
Milton Keynes Dons vs. Blackburn Rovers - Tuesday, 2:45 p.m.
Norwich City vs. Scunthorpe United - Tuesday, 2:45 p.m.
Nottingham Forest vs. Wigan Athletic - Tuesday, 2:45 p.m.
Preston North End vs. Crystal Palace - Tuesday, 2:45 p.m.
Queens Park Rangers vs. Walsall - Tuesday, 2:45 p.m.
Sheffield Wednesday vs. Fulham - Tuesday, 2:45 p.m.
Stevenage vs. Southampton - Tuesday, 2:45 p.m.
Stoke City vs. Swindon Town - Tuesday, 2:45 p.m.
Sunderland vs. Morecambe - Tuesday, 2:45 p.m.
Swansea City vs. Barnsley - Tuesday, 2:45 p.m.
Watford vs. Bradford City - Tuesday, 2:45 p.m.
West Ham United vs. Crewe Alexandra - Tuesday, 2:45 p.m.
Yeovil Town vs. West Bromwich Albion - Tuesday, 2:45 p.m.
Reading vs. Peterborough United - Tuesday, 3 p.m.
Everton vs. Leyton Orient - Wednesday, 2:45 p.m.
Northampton Town vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers - Thursday, 2:45 p.m.

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