Swansea v Sheffield Wednesday
Tuesday 20:05, Live on BBC One
A game that neither side wanted
It's a replay neither side wanted but Swansea and Sheffield Wednesday must do battle again in front of the BBC cameras, ten days after they played out an uninspiring 0-0 draw at Hillsborough.
And given the lack of entertainment on show in that first meeting, the intriguing sub-plot that was Carlos Carvalhal coming up against his former club now feels more like a footnote.
A quarter-final home tie against (almost certainly) Tottenham awaits the winners but neither side really harbours realistic ambitions of booking a semi-final date at Wembley - let alone win the competition - and that might well be reflected in their respective line-ups.
Swansea slipped back into the relegation zone on goal difference at the weekend with a humbling 4-1 defeat at Brighton, while Wednesday are suddenly looking over their shoulders in the Championship after losing back-to-back league games against Millwall (1-2) and Aston Villa (2-4).
The Owls have a seven-point cushion on the drop zone but they are being stretched by an horrendous injury crisis that could have a cumulative effect on performances in the closing weeks. Already, you suspect new boss Jos Luhukay is counting down the days until May and the opportunity for a complete reboot.
Wake-up call for Carvalhal
The manner of Saturday's defeat should be a wake-up call for Carvalhal. The Portuguese has had the Midas touch lately but his luck ran out at the Amex, with the Welsh club overwhelmed by a markedly superior Brighton side.
Behind to a Glenn Murray penalty inside 18 minutes, Swansea didn't incur further damage until the final quarter, shortly after Carvalhal rolled the dice with his third attacking substitution of the afternoon. In truth, though, it was one-way traffic throughout.
It was a shattering way for their ten-match unbeaten run to end and the local media appear to be placing greater importance on this game as a pivotal moment in their campaign, although nobody seems to be disguising the fact that a victory over West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday would be more welcome.
Carvalhal remains comfortably in credit at Liberty Stadium and the fact that he took full responsibility for the defeat on the south coast went down well with the locals. But it will be interesting to see how he reacts after his cavalier attitude in that game backfired. For most of his time at Wednesday, he's always endorsed a cautious approach.
Wallace joins list of Owls absentees
Ross Wallace is the latest big-name Wednesday player to find himself out of action for a prolonged spell. He requires surgery on a knee injury picked up in the 2-1 defeat at Millwall last week, so is likely to be sidelined for the remainder of the season.
Keiren Westwood, Tom Lees, Sam Hutchinson, Kieran Lee, Barry Bannan, Steven Fletcher, Gary Hooper and Fernando Forestieri are the other first-choice starters that Luhukay must do without at the moment. It's a crisis that Carvalhal complained about frequently before his dismissal but has gone from bad to worse since his departure.
Luhukay has coped with the problem well for the most part, shutting up shop to record seven clean sheets in his first ten matches, but that resistance has wilted in the past week with the Owls shipping five second-half goals in their last two outings, having taken a lead three times.
The latest setback was a 4-2 defeat at home to promotion-chasing Aston Villa, a game in which they were more proactive than usual and deservedly found themselves 2-1 ahead on the hour mark and looking good for a point late on, until conceding twice in the final four minutes.
Swans could win this from the bench
Team news is going to be crucial here but we should expect both sides to make a handful of changes, without necessarily conceding the tie in essence. Carvalhal has a lot more room for manoeuvre in that respect and should be fancied to play his hand accordingly, keeping back one or two of his best attacking players on the bench for later if necessary.
With that in mind, the Draw/Swansea half time/full time bet could be a lively runner because it also fits in with Luhukay's ability to set his stall out and create a solid defensive base early on and Carvalhal's favoured modus operandi throughout his time with Wednesday.
Either way, this should be routine for Swansea and a bet on the 2-0 correct score is also advised. Wednesday have failed to score in five out of 12 matches under their new boss but it could easily have been seven or eight. Despite the inconvenience of this game, if they go behind, they will still surely come out in search of an equaliser.