Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
WBA and Harrogate face each other in a David-vs-Goliath clash at the Hawthorns. The Baggies experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-0 loss to Leicester, meaning that they are eager to get back on course. Slaven Bilic’s men aim to regain a much-needed confidence, and we predict that they are going to take Wednesday’s EFL Cup clash very seriously.
The League Two side did well to crush Southend in the opening match of the season, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against WBA. The Baggies are a real force to be reckoned with at home, and even though there will be no spectators at the Hawthorns, we are tempted to put our money on the Premier League club. Zohore is sidelined with injury for the hosts, while Townsend is rated doubtful for the Carabao Cup opener.
Highlighted Player (Callum Robinson):
Born in Northampton, Callum Robinson started his career at Aston Villa. Having gone through the youth ranks with the Villans, Robinson was given his first-team debut in 2013. As a product of the Aston Villa academy, Robinson unfortunately never got a chance to prove his worth at the club and ended up playing no less than 4 league appearances during his three-year stay at Villa Park.
Various loan spells – at Preston North End on two occasions and Bristol City – brought mixed fortunes for the striker up until 2016 when he sealed a permanent move with the Lillywhites. Robinson represented England at U16, U17, U19 and U20 levels but raised plenty of eyebrows when he declared for the Republic of Ireland in March 2018 through his late grandmother who was from Monaghan.
The striker made his senior team breakthrough in Republic of Ireland’s 2-2 draw with Celtic in Scott Brown’s testimonial match and will be hoping to prove doubters wrong and prove his motive is bigger than career opportunism.
Highlighted Team (Harrogate):
Harrogate Town is an English club that welcomes their rivals at Wetherby Road. Opened on August 28, 1920, the venue can hold up to 5,000 spectators (500 seated). The club was founded back in 1914, with the Sulphurties facing Horsforth in their first competitive match on August 30, 1919.
Harrogate Town footballers wear yellow and black shirts when playing at home, while pink is the dominant colour of their away jersey. The Sulphurties did well to win the Whitworth Cup in the 1919/20 season, while the club’s biggest success in the FA Cup came in the 2012/13 when they made it to the second round.
Simon Weaver is one of the most notable footballers who played for Harrogate Town in the past. The team’s manager for the 2020/21 season played for several English clubs, and he has been very successful in the coaching job as well.