The big omission from Pulis' side will be England worldwide Jake Livermore, who has been given an extended break by The Baggies.
Holders Man United welcome Burton Albion to Old Trafford, while Arsenal host Doncaster Rovers, Chelsea welcome Nottingham Forest to Stamford Bridge, Everton clash with recently relegated Sunderland and Manchester City head to West Brom.
Winning a competition with such wide participation should be a matter of priority and pride for top-flight clubs, but most Premier League clubs continue to take matters lightly.
"It is not easy and you have to manage it within the group because there are a lot more players".
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"I think he said he was a West Brom player until anything changed and he's remained a West Brom player, thank goodness".
West Brom signed Evans from Manchester United for £6m in 2015 but placed a £30m price on his head when City came calling.
Evans is one of the best central defenders in the Premier League and is a key figure in the current West Brom team. He's always technically been a good centre-half, but he now has the responsibility of being captain will take him on again. "He's a lad who could play well into his thirties".