Sam Allardyce is relishing the opportunity to take West Ham United to Burnley in the Capital One Cup fourth round.
Big Sam's Hammers were drawn to take on the Clarets at Turf Moor following their third-round victories over Cardiff City and Nottingham Forest respectively on Tuesday evening. The West Ham boss cannot wait to return to the North West, where he has spent more than 20 years as a player and manager with Bolton Wanderers, Preston North End and Blackburn Rovers.
Having played and managed visiting teams at Turf Moor - most-recently in West Ham's 2-2 Championship draw with Burnley in March 2012 - Big Sam is expecting a tough tie with Sean Dyche's Championship high-fliers.
"It's going to be a tough evening for us up there," said Big Sam, who celebrated his 100th game in charge of West Ham at Tuesday's win over Cardiff. "I've been to Turf Moor many times as a player and a manager and I know what to expect, so I will be warning the players that if they show any signs of weakness then that could be shown up on the night."
Burnley have lost just once in eleven matches in all competitions so far this term and sit second in the table going into Saturday's home game with another London side, Charlton Athletic.
While Big Sam knows Burnley will be no pushovers, the Hammers manager also knows his squad dodged the host of Barclays Premier League clubs in the draw and have a real opportunity of reaching the quarter-finals for the first time since 2010/11.
"Having got this far, it's about looking towards getting through to the next round now and then you're only three games away from Wembley," he added. "For me, it's a good draw, financially it doesn't bring us a lot, but it's a great opportunity for us to get through to the next round and get to Wembley."
The player whose goal fired West Ham through to the last 16 is Ricardo Vaz Te.
After handing in a transfer request at the end of August, the No12 has now pledged to give 100 per cent to the cause and could feature in Saturday's Barclays Premier League fixture at Hull City.
"We hope [Vaz Te will produce his best football] because he was the starlet of our promotion season," Big Sam confirmed. "We were struggling for goals mid-way through the season and the Chairmen invested a little bit of money in some players. One of those was Vaz Te and he scored 14 goals for us from January up to the Play-Offs.
"He scored the winner in the Play-Off final as well. We want to see the goalscoring Vaz Te in the Premier League now and that would help us with our lack of goals at the moment."
Unfortunately, while Vaz Te will hope to play against both Burnley and Hull, another West Ham forward will not be fit for either match - Andy Carroll.
The manager revealed that the No9 is being treated by specialists in Belgium at present in the hope of finally ridding him of the plantar fasciitis that has ruled him out since the final game of last season.
"He's away in Belgium at the moment going through some rehab with a group of people who can focus on him almost 24/7, which will hopefully speed up the process," said the manager. "That will hopefully reduce the chance of a reoccurrence as much as possible.
"Every specialist that we went to last time round said there's a four to five per cent chance he could reinjure himself and unfortunately that's what happened. We've got to make sure he's 100 per cent before we get him back on the field.
"He's terribly frustrated. It's a massive year for him, not just for West Ham, but for trying to get back into that England squad to go to [the FIFA World Cup in] Brazil next summer."
*Sam Allardyce was interviewed on talkSPORT's Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.