Crystal Palace are set to find out their opponents in the Carabao Cup second round on Tuesday night, with the Eagles ball number four in the draw.
Roy Hodgson’s side will understandably be treating the competition as one of their lesser priorities this season, but winning it for the first time in the club’s history would be a memorable moment.
Perhaps one of the Carabao Cup’s greatest benefits is the chance it gives managers to rotate their squad and allow fringe players an opportunity to shine.
With Palace’s primary aim securing Premier League survival this season, and looking towards a mid-table finish, Roy Hodgson is likely to do exactly that.
The Eagles have brought in new faces this summer, improving squad depth in the process, but whose best chance to catch the eye is likely to come in the Carabao Cup?
Here are five players who could impress in the competition in 2019/20…
Hennessey was left out at the expense of Vicente Guaita against Everton on Saturday, suggesting he is Palace’s second choice goalkeeper this season.
The Carabao Cup may end being one of the few chances he gets to prove himself, so a long run in the competition would be beneficial.
Kelly may have started in the goalless draw with Everton, but regular first team opportunities could soon come to an end.
The arrival of the hugely experienced Gary Cahill means the former Liverpool man may end up a squad player this season.
Should that happen, the domestic cups are likely to be where he earns the most starts, hopefully impressing in the process.
Midfield is one of Palace’s strongest areas, with Luka Milivojevic, James McArthur and Max Meyer all looking like key men.
Add to that the arrival of James McCarthy and it’s easy to see why Kouyate’s playing time could be limited.
Being a Carabao Cup starter might not be ideal for the 29-year-old, but he will hope to flourish in it.
Wickham has never been able to reach his potential, having been such an exciting prospect as a teenager.
The striker continues to struggle for game time at Palace, with Christian Benteke and Jordan Ayew keeping him out of the team against Everton.
The Carabao Cup will be where Wickham gets his chance, barring injuries to his fellow attackers.
Although Benteke featured prominently at the weekend, his place in Palace’s side week in, week out is still at risk.
The return of Wilfried Zaha will knock somebody out of Hodgson’s first choice starting lineup and it is unlikely to be Andros Townsend or Ayew.
Carabao Cup duty may await for the striker.