By Nick Teale
Arsenal beat West Brom twice last season as the Baggies were relegated from the Premier League with 32 points.
Over the summer Albion lost manager Tony Mowbray to Celtic. Roberto Di Matteo replaced him and the Midlands outfit have started the new season in superb fashion and are currently top of the Championship.
They travel to Emirates Stadium on the back of a thumping 5-0 away win against Middlesbrough. Their confidence will be sky high when they arrive on Tuesday evening, and some of Arsenal's finest young talent will be charged with the task of stopping them.
To find out a little more about a rejuvenated West Brom, Arsenal.com spoke to Steve Madeley, West Brom reporter an the Express and Star.
THE STORY SO FAR
It's eight games unbeaten now - six wins, two draws - the start couldn't have been much better really. They've scored more goals than they had at this stage of their last Championship season and they've certainly conceded a lot fewer, so it's certainly been a good start to the season.
THE MAN IN CHARGE
[Roberto Di Matteo] has brought a bit more steel I think, they're not quite as expansive, not quite as exciting to watch as they were under Tony Mowbray, not before Saturday [a 5-0 win over Middlesbrough] anyway! There's a lot more fight in the side as well if they need to grind out results.
Certainly among the fans there was a bit of disappointment when Mowbray left. There was a section of fans actually who wanted him gone, they thought that he'd underestimated the challenge of the Premier League and miscalculated the Premier League and they would have had him gone earlier. But I think the vast majority of fans wanted him to stay and were hugely disappointed when he didn't.
I think they're going to want to win it but there's no secret that it's a very distant second in the list of priorities to the Championship games and they've got a lot of those coming up. They played on Saturday and they've got another one this Saturday and another next Tuesday and one the Saturday after that. So while they'll want to win the Carling Cup game, you can expect a fair few changes to the team. Di Matteo certainly changed virtually the entire team in the previous two rounds. I think injuries might prevent him making quite so many changes this time round but I would still expect a fair few.
THE ONE TO WATCH
The player who immediately springs to mind is Robert Koren, the captain of Slovenia who was one of the stars of the previous Championship promotion. He didn't start on Saturday. When they play 4-4-2 he seems to be the odd man out at the moment with Graham Dorrans and Youssouf Mulumbu playing centre midfield. But there's no doubt Koren is one of their best attacking players and I would expect him to get a game against Arsenal.
I think [they'll be hopeful of knocking Arsenal out]. They're on a massive role at the moment and I think they will believe the team they play will be stronger relative to the first team than Arsenal's will be. It will be Albion's first-team fringe players as opposed to Arsenal's more senior youth players and out-and-out youth-team players as I presume it will be. They won't think of themselves as favourites but they will think if they play well they'll have a chance against a weakened Arsenal team.