The Capital One Cup is notoriously difficult to predict – look at last year’s finalists for example! We run you through what we think is good value, where the potential shocks could be and who we think are the bankers this round. Enjoy!
Southampton (5/6, Away) vs Barnsley – Barnsley have had a poor start to the season, and with their attention likely to be on league survival yet again, even a half strength Southampton side that could include James Rodriguez, Pablo Osvaldo and even Gaston Ramirez should be more than enough for the Saints. 5/6 is brilliant value.
Crystal Palace (8/5, Away) vs Bristol City – Palace have had a quiet start back in the Premier League, which is a surprise given Ian Holloway is in charge. They have purchased some good little players like Jose Campana from Sevilla, and we see a strong team going out tonight. Bristol City on the other hand can’t seem to defend, with many a high scoring game happening, including a 5-4 loss against Coventry a few weeks back. Palace should walk away with a ticket to the 3rd Round draw, 8/5 astounding value!
Leicester (4/6, Away) vs Carlisle – Carlisle have endured a terrible start to the campaign, sitting near the bottom of the table without a win to their name. Leicester look sturdy to say the least, a solid defence to add to a good selection of forwards. The only worry will be Adam Campbell – the Newcastle loanee at Carlisle – rapid pace and excellent finishing may provide something to think about for the Leicester defence.
Derby (5/6, Home) vs Brentford – Derby have had a good start to the season, looking solid if not spectacular. Their home form has always been good, Brentford tend to struggle away. Derby should wrap this one up early, with a 2-0 or 3-1 score likely.
Leeds (9/5, Away) vs Doncaster – Neither have had brilliant starts, but with a stronger squad and manager, Leeds should take this 2-1, either in normal or extra time. 9/5 a good price.
Reading (6/4, Away) vs Peterborough – Peterborough are the ones to chase in this years SkyBet League 1, with 4 wins out of 4 already. They look a great side and should easily get promoted. Reading have had a good start too, but suffered their first loss of the season to Blackpool Saturday. Form suggests this will be close, even extra time, but Reading should just edge it.
Bolton (10/11, Away) vs Tranmere – This time last season, Tranmere looked like they could be facing Bolton this season, but form evaded them for the 2nd half of the season and they ended terribly, taking only a couple of wins from the final 12 games. Bolton have been decent this season, but lie in the bottom 10 at the moment. Tranmere have started badly again, and look pretty hopeless, so Bolton should take this with ease. 10/11 cracking value.
QPR (8/13, Home) vs Swindon – QPR may have rid their squad of most high earners, but still remain title challengers and have begun well. Swindon, minus the looney Di Canio, have also lost several key men after financial trouble. They lie in the bottom 7 of League 1 and look average at best. QPR should win this, it could even be 3 or 4-0. Banker this one, 8/13 insanely good value!
Notts Forest (4/5, Home) vs Millwall – Forest are the team to beat at the moment. They have started brilliantly and look a side on the up. Millwall are struggling again with just one point from the opening four games. Just below evens represents good value.
Burton (9/2, Home) vs Fulham – Fulham have a few injury worries to contend with, after a solid start to the season. Burton will be buoyed after coming back from 2 down against Bury to grab a draw. Burton are notoriously good at home, having taken a few big scalps in the past. They have lost a few key men, such as Jaques Maghoma, but still represent a tough challenge for anyone below the big 8 or 10 sides in the Premier League!
MK Dons (6/1, Away) vs Sunderland – Despite a plethora of signings at Sunderland, there is still an inkling of unrest between players and Di Canio. A backline that consists of new unknown players and old boys like Wes Brown and John O’Shea should give MK a decent shot of an upset, and with a good set of youthful exuberant players they may have a shot.
Newport (17/2, Away) vs West Brom – The football league new-boys (after a 25 year hiatus) have had a good start and sit in the top 10 of League 2. West Brom have made a few key additions, but look susceptible. Should Newport take an early lead it could have a big effect on the confidence of the squad players Steve Clarke is likely to use. A long shot, but it could happen!
Accrington (5/1, Home) vs Cardiff – Cardiff come into this one on a huge high after beating big spenders Man City – but will the likes of Chilean Gary Medel and Andreas Cornelius like a cold, windy stadium in the North on a Wednesday evening? If it stays 0-0 long enough the young lads at Cardiff may get jittery – 5/1 represents what is a long shot at best but you never know.
Morecambe (11/2, Home) vs Newcastle – Alan Pardew often puts out very weakened teams in this competition, but now they are no longer in Europe, we may see a better team with a few youngsters like Vuckic, Dummett as well as experienced heads like Coloccini and Shola Ameobi – but with all this Kinnear ‘turbulence’ and the issues surrounding Yohan Cabaye they may slip up again, like at Brighton or Stevenage, to name two recent upsets. The French allegiance may not like a windy Wednesday night fixture in Morecambe, will Pardew risk an upset with a weakened team?
Walsall (15/2, Away) vs Stoke City – With Mark Hughes in charge, Stoke have moved away from being the one trick pony “Hoofball” tactic they were so well known for. They have had a good start, but so have Walsall who play some nice football too! Despite the loss of key-man Will Grigg, they have Milan Lalkovic from Chelsea on loan to fill the void, as well as several other cracking young players. Should Stoke rest key men, they could be in for a torrid night!
Leyton Orient (15/8, Home) vs Hull City – Leyton Orient have had a blinding start to the season, winning four out of four. They look good all-round, and dangerous. Hull have had a decent start, one win one loss – but away from home with a few rested players they could easily go one or two down. If this happened we wouldn’t be surprised at all!
Liverpool (1/6, Home) vs Notts County – Liverpool have had an excellent start! For once, this could be their year…psych! In all seriousness, 1/6 is a decent price, should Liverpool put anything near a decent starting 11 out they could win 4 or 5-0 quite easily, so the handicap market could be one to look at for this game. Notts County sit in the bottom 6 at the moment, win-less. Pretty cut and dried this one should be!
Villa (1/3, Home) vs Rotherham – Rotherham have had a poor start to their League 1 campaign. Villa on the other hand hammered Arsenal and were unlucky not beat Chelsea, and also lost to Liverpool in a tight game. The likes of Okore, Bacuna, Helenius and Tonev should start, and at Villa Park, with a lovely silk like surface, they should be comfortable winners.
Everton (1/5, Home) vs Stevenage – It seems an age since Stevenage came up from League 2, in a season where they comprehensively stuffed Newcastle in the FA Cup. Now in League 1, they are struggling, badly! Last season couldn’t have ended quicker, two wins from the final 12 games, and they have started off in a similar manner – bottom four. Everton look lively under Martinez, and with youngsters such as Ross Barkley, who received his first England Senior call up this evening, and Seamus Coleman, they should easily punish a lacklustre Stevenage.
Norwich (2/7, Home) vs Bury – Bury are the latest lower league team to suffer the consequences of spending beyond their means. A summer where they didn’t know if the club would survive forced them to release all their players, and when they got the nod to start the League 2 campaign, sign an incredible 22! Norwich have signed some real talent, including Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Leroy Fer and Nathan Redmond. The latter two should start tonight, along with other new signing Gary Hooper – so at 2/7 it should end 3/4-0.
West Ham (3/10, Home) vs Cheltenham – West Ham look good so far, a win and a draw mean they are in the top four (probably not for long), but all the same a side who can hurt you on the counter with some big guys like Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan, and then some skiddy wingers like Stewart Downing, a £5m signing from Liverpool. Cheltenham come into this off the back of a 1-0 win over Accrington, but tend to struggle away from home. 3/10 isn’t the best price ever, but shows West Ham are heavy favourites for this tie.