Sunderland reached the League Cup final last season and will be eyeing another trip to Wembley ahead of their trip to Birmingham City.
Gus Poyet's men knocked out Chelsea and Manchester United en route to the final in a season which they were also battling to avoid relegation.
The final against Manchester City proved a bridge too far for Sunderland, but Poyet was able to mastermind a great escape to keep the club in the Premier League and they have avoided defeat in their first two top flight matches in the new campaign.
Having snatched a draw at West Brom on the opening day, the Wearside club held Manchester United 1-1 on Sunday, with recent signing Jack Rodwell scoring his first goal for the club.
Ahead of the trip to St Andrews on Wednesday, striker Steven Fletcher revealed spirits are high in the Sunderland camp.
"We're absolutely delighted with the start we’ve had. Two points from the first two games is great," he told the club's official website.
"The point against United is a good result, especially after we went a goal behind and it’s a good show of character to come back from that, just like we did when we fell behind at West Brom last week.
"I'm delighted for Jack; it's a nice way for him to mark his first game at the stadium and you could see he was buzzing as well."
Poyet's opposite number Lee Clark returns to a club where he spent two years as a player, with frustration still lingering from Saturday's 1-1 draw with Brentford in the Championship.
Moses Odubajo struck 11 minutes from time at Griffin Park to snatch a point for the hosts in a fixture Clark felt his side were more than capable of winning.
Birmingham won the League Cup in 2011 - their most recent season in the top flight - and Clark is eyeing a Premier League scalp in the second round.
"It's a big game for us but obviously we've got to get over this disappointment," Clark told Birmingham's official website.
"It's been felt by everyone because what an opportunity [it was] to go and get three points."
|Coach: L. Clark|
|Ronaldo and Mourinho ´fully compliant´ with tax obligations, insists Gestifute|
|Napoli 3 Inter 0: Pioli dealt emphatic first Serie A defeat|
|Mainz 1 Bayern Munich 3: Lewandowski double inspires champions|
|´I have found my luck at Leipzig´ - Hasenhuttl dismisses Arsenal talk|
|Messi better to watch than Ronaldo, says Saviola|
|´I don´t care about age´ - Klopp committed to promoting youngsters|
|Koeman: Ibrahimovic was fantastic at 19|
|Pulis not letting court decision tarnish Palace memories|
|Carroll to make West Ham return against Arsenal|
|Real Madrid must win LaLiga and end Barca dominance - Roberto Carlos|
|Barcelona v Real Madrid: Zidane´s men eye LaLiga supremacy|
|Costa discipline issues in the past - Conte|
|A-League review: Melbourne Victory held by Perth Glory|
|I deserve criticism if Dortmund´s players do - Tuchel|
|Emery wants Cavani to dethrone Ibrahimovic|
|Martial is happy again, says Mourinho|
|Guardiola wary of Costa and Pedro|
|Messi, Ronaldo and Griezmann to battle it out for FIFA award|
|Conte reveals admiration for Guardiola philosophy|
|Mourinho: Schweinsteiger can stay at Man Utd|
|Conte: It is a pity Chelsea sold De Bruyne|
|Carrasco now competing with Griezmann and Gameiro - Simeone|
|Luis Enrique: Clasico not decisive in title race|
|Barcelona have no weaknesses - Zidane|
|Zidane: Ronaldo´s hunger for success key for Real Madrid|
|Barcelona midfielder Iniesta back for Clasico|
|Higuain does not need Dybala to score - Allegri|
|Summerbee: Chelsea blew it with De Bruyne|
|Ranieri, Zidane and Santos up for FIFA coach award|
|Chelsea paid me £50,000 to prevent child abuse revelations - Johnson|
|Vertonghen signs new Tottenham deal|
|Klopp hopeful on Lallana and Firmino|
|Ozil: Arsenal can win Champions League with a bit of luck|
|Sturridge exit a non-story, says Klopp|
|Debuchy out for up to six weeks|
|Pardew ready to turn around slumping Palace|
|Arsenal will not sign Cazorla replacement - Wenger|
|Courtois not getting carried away over Chelsea form|
|CAS to rule on Blatter case on Monday|
|Ozil refuses to rule out Real Madrid return|
|Sterling: I am keeping away from certain stuff I was doing last year|
|Leverkusen´s Volland out until 2017|
|Aloisi rules out Roar swoop for Keane|
|Pele reflects on ´sad moment´ of Chapecoense tragedy|
|Southgate urges downtime responsibility from England|
|Ranieri: Leicester signings not to blame for poor form|
|Sky is the limit for ´special´ Donnarumma, says Hart|
|Southgate drops Rashford Euro U21s hint|
|Chapecoense will rebuild with the world´s support, says vice-president|
|Toure can win Premier League for Manchester City - Hart|
|Only a matter of time until Balotelli gets Italy call - Zola|
|Ter Stegen can become new Valdes at Barca - Zambrotta|
|´Exceptional´ Costa just like Drogba, says Zola|
|Ronaldinho could play for Chapecoense|
|Garcia extends Manchester City deal|
|Injured Cazorla to miss another three months|
|Schmeichel has a gentle handshake, not like Wasilewski! - Ranieri|
|Lloris to follow Kane and pen new Spurs deal|
|Puel: I replaced Koeman to give Southampton youngsters a chance|
|Barcelona could have signed Ronaldo for €17million before Real Madrid move|
|Ancelotti keen for Lahm to carry on playing|
|Leipzig will last the pace in title race, says Ancelotti|
|If Bayern lose I´ll cry and miss El Clasico! - Ancelotti|
|No Europe could give Conte edge over Guardiola - Summerbee|
|Southgate keeps Rooney as captain but calls for leaders to emerge|
|Real Madrid dominate FIFA FIFPro World11 nominations|
|Sigurdsson: Kane will be Spurs´ main man for years to come|
|Ronaldo can beat Messi to next two Ballons d´Or - even if he loses the Clasico|
|No break clause in Southgate´s England contract|
|Kane signs new contract with Tottenham|
|Phelan hopeful on Hernandez and Maloney for Boro trip|
|Pioli not entertaining Messi to Inter possibility|
|Conte doing a remarkable job at Chelsea - Zola|
|Nesta amazed by ´special´ Totti|
|Elneny sick in Saints loss - Wenger|
|Atletico Nacional supporters pay tribute to Chapecoense air crash victims|
|Enzo Zidane targets more opportunities after ´special´ debut goal|
|Mkhitaryan excited by United display|
|Toronto FC 5 Montreal Impact 2 (aet, 7-5 agg): Hosts storm to maiden MLS Cup berth|
|Emotional Cavani brings up 100 amid Chapecoense tributes|
|Barca did not take Hercules lightly, insists Luis Enrique|
|Emery feels PSG are slowly making progress|
|Barcelona do not need to be scared, insists Rafinha|
|Simeone wants consistency from Gaitan|
|Wenger blasts sloppy Arsenal after Southampton loss|