After an unreliable start to their first Premier League campaign in decades (four points from their first eight games), they are now 13th and six points clear of the relegation zone having collected 17 points from their next 12. still not out of the relegation battle yet.
Manchester United also experienced a resurgence recently, although the start to their domestic season was somewhat cut short. Erik ten Hag has turned a club in crisis into a team that seems to have at least half an idea of what they are doing. They are far from the finished article, with some areas to address. Sunday’s 3-2 defeat at Arsenal highlighted those shortcomings and how far they are behind the league leaders.
While progress in the league is the benchmark, the club has not won a trophy since the 2017 Europa League (which followed the League Cup in the same season and the FA Cup the season before). As Erik ten Hag said last week, for a club of this size and history that is not acceptable and the Carabao Cup offers them the chance to pick up some silverware in the coming month.
The kickoff is at 8pm and I will be here for all the build up, latest updates and reactions from the match.