Huddersfield Town aim to take their first Premier League scalp in more than five years against a side they played in the Championship as recently as March.
Former Town boss Steve Bruce’s Tigers won 1-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium on their way to promotion, and it’s a clash current manager Mark Robins remembers clearly.
“The major bit of quality in the game was George Boyd’s goal, but there wasn’t too much between us,” he said.
Robins’ first match as Town manager was against top-flight opposition, February’s FA Cup fifth-round meeting with Wigan, who won 4-1.
Town have also been defeated by Arsenal, Everton, West Brom and Chelsea since they were 2-1 victors over then Premier League Birmingham in January 2008.
Luke Beckett and Chris Brandon grabbed the goals which sunk Alex McLeish’s Blues and provided Andy Ritchie with his best memory as Town manager.
It’s Town’s first appearance in the third round of the League Cup since 2003-04, when they went down 1-0 at Reading.
The last time they made round four was in 1999-2000, when Kenny Irons’ memorable strike sunk Chelsea at Stamford Bridge before a 2-1 extra-time home defeat by Wimbledon.
While Town made the League Cup semi-finals in 1967-68, Hull have never been beyond the fourth round.
They needed extra time to overcome Leyton Orient 1-0 at Brisbane Road in round two this season, when Bruce made wholesale changes.
Injuries to the likes of defender James Chester (hamstring) and midfielder Robert Koren (foot) and the loans of a number of players means he has less options.
But Bruce is still expect to field a very different side to Saturday, when the Tigers went 11th in the table with a 3-2 victory at Newcastle.
Tipped to figure are German striker Proschwitz, signed for £2,5m the summer before last, and Ivorian frontman Yannick Sagbo.
There could also be an outing for Egyptian international Gedo, who has returned for a second spell at the club on a season-long loan from Cairo side Al-Ahly.
Former Town men, keeper Steve Harper and centre-back Alex Bruce, Steve’s son, are likely to be involved.
Meanwhile Town striker Danny Carr, who was on the bench at Blackburn, could come face to face with former Dulwich Hamlet teammate Calaum Jahraldo-Martin.
The frontman, an Antigua & Barbuda Under 20 international, moved from London to Humberside in March.
Bruce said: “We’re not going to be disrespectful to the competition but we made a lot of changes last time and we’ll certainly do that again.”
Tom Huddlestone, a club-record £5m signing from Tottenham in the summer, has been in fine form in recent games and is one of those likely to be handed a rest.
The England midfielder had rather too many weeks on the sidelines in his last couple of seasons at Spurs.
But he accepts Bruce’s selection policy is not going to change for Town’s visit.
“First and foremost, we have got to try to sustain Premier League status for next season, but if you can have a good cup run as well, it bodes well,” said the 26-year-old.
“The manager has got a fairly deep squad as well – in the last round in the cup, he changed 11 players and they got the right result, so he is fully within his rights to do that again, I guess.”