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Preview: Scunthorpe (A)

8 August 2016

The first round of the 2016-17 EFL Cup takes Notts County to Scunthorpe this evening (7.45pm).

The League One outfit come into the match on a high after beating Bristol Rovers but, while he recognises the capabilities of this evening's opponents, Notts boss John Sheridan believes his side can emerge from the tie victorious.


Sheridan says…


“It’s a big, important game for us. Every game I play I want to win.


“In the cup there’s always the attraction of getting a big team and going as far as you possibly can.


“We’ve got to put on a brave showing and get a good result if we can.”


Click here for more from the manager.


Iron manager Graham Alexander says…


"I've come up against John Sheridan a couple of times and it has always been a tough game. He knows how to organise a team and get them playing good football.


"We have to have the right mentality from minute one as it will be just as tough as it was on Saturday.


"If we take the game to Notts County like we did against Bristol Rovers on Saturday, it will be a tough game for them as well."


Team news


Sheridan says the match has probably come too soon for Michael O’Connor, but he is likely to make 'one or two' changes to the side that faced Yeovil at the weekend.


Scunthorpe could welcome Sam Mantom back into their squad, although Paddy Madden looks set to miss out.


Head to head


Notts have an impeccable League Cup record over this evening's opponents, emerging victorious from all three meetings.


Two of those came in a 4-0 aggregate win in 1979, the last time the sides met in this competition.


Overall, Notts boast a dominant record over the Iron:


Total matches: 26

Notts wins: 18

Scunthorpe wins: 4

Draws: 4


The last encounter


The sides last met in March 2015 when a late Niall Canavan goal denied Notts victory in a League One match at Meadow Lane.


Scunthorpe took the lead with only a minute on the clock before Gary Jones and Balint Bajner flipped the match on its head.


Click here to watch the highlights on Magpie Player HD.


Ticket information


Notts fans can purchase tickets for tonight's EFL Cup tie from Meadow Lane until 2pm. Tickets will be on sale from Glanford Park this evening.


Click here for more information.


Fancy a flutter?


EFL sponsors Sky Bet say Notts are the 7/2 outsiders to progress to the second round.


Scunthorpe are 3/4 favourites with home advantage and the draw can be found at 11/4.


Click here to visit Sky Bet. All odds are subject to change.


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