Sam Allardyce expects to shuffle his West Ham United pack for Tuesday's Capital One Cup trip to Sky Bet Championship leaders Burnley.

The Hammers travel to Turf Moor little more than 48 hours after Sunday's goalless Barclays Premier League draw at Swansea City, with Big Sam looking, in part, to his squad players to see the Hammers into the last eight.

The likes of Carlton Cole, Matt Jarvis, Joe Cole and Matt Taylor are all in contention to start, while Jack Collison, upon the completion of his loan spell with AFC Bournemouth, is also eligible to return.  

As well as those senior professionals looking to steer the visitors to victory, some of the Club's Academy prospects are also likely to figure, such are the demands of two fixtures in quick succession.

Big Sam told West Ham TV: "There's every chance the squad will be used. There are not too many of the players who featured against Swansea who will be capable, physically, of playing at Burnley.

"By the time we got back on Sunday it was touching midnight, then we have to travel all the way up to Burnley, so it will definitely be the squad players who step in.

"Some of the younger players will get a first game in the first team and test their ability to see whether they can play at this level."

Whatever the make-up of the Hammers side on Tuesday, Big Sam is under no illusions of the test that awaits his side.

The Clarets are bidding for a ninth successive win in all competitions, having most recently seen of high-flying Queens Park Rangers to forge three points ahead at the Championship's summit.

"We're playing top of the league in the Championship, Burnley, on their patch and in terrific form," he continued. "[They're on] a brilliant run of games, eight wins on the trot, so it's going to be a huge test for some of these players and I'm really looking forward to seeing whether they can stand up to it."

As tough an assignment as it is, Big Sam is relishing the prospect of seeing how his men fare, as he called upon the Club's youngsters to seize the opportunity should it arise.

"As always, I tell them, if you get a chance in the first team, lads, make sure you take it, because you don't get many, as we haven't got enough time to give you many. So I'm looking forward to seeing those players give me a lot of excitement on Tuesday night and hopefully get us through to the next round."

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