So – the 2nd round of the Cup! Non-European Premier League teams enter at this point, so you’d think odds would be poor – but you would be wrong! Bookies cannot predict what team they are going to play, with some usually playing younger or fringe players. I have picked four tips for today that I feel are good value, all Evens or above:
1. Newcastle Win + Over 2.5 Goals @ 11/10 (1945 KO – NAP)
Newcastle are one side that I know are playing a strong team. Their issue in recent years has been the fact that they never took the cups seriously, despite the fact they beat the likes of Chelsea and Man City. Now, under Steve McClaren – they seem to be taking it more seriously and with a better squad – I see a comfortable win, with the potential of Northampton scoring. On a better pitch, with the likes of Ayoze Perez and Florian Thauvin getting games, I think this could be a 3-4 goal game.
2. Leicester Win + Over 2.5 Goals @ 6/4 vs Bury (1945 KO)
Leicester are pretty free scoring – and even with a few changes they should still beat a Bury team who concede a lot of goals, but score plenty too. They are missing a few players, Bury that is – and have conceded the most in League One this season with 10 in 4 games. With the likes of Kramaric likely to start, I definitely see goals!
3. Sheff Weds-Oxford BTTS + Over 2.5 Goals @ 13/10 (1945 KO)
Oxford dispatched of Championship side Brentford 4-0 in the first round, while Sheffield Wednesday won 4-1 against Mansfield. With the home side likely to rotate slightly, and Oxford’s clear strength going forward – I fancy both to score and for there to be over 2.5 goals in the 90 minutes.
4. Watford Win @ 9/5 vs Preston (1945 KO)
Watford will more than likely rotate their squad, with the likes of Layun, Ake, Berghuis and Vydra coming in. Preston could be missing three of their main four forwards – with Beckford, Hughill and Will Keane all either definitely out or doubtful/suspended. 9/5 seems a very high price, for a team who have looked very good so far in the Premier League.
The prices are good – looking at around 4/1 for the 1 + 2 double, 10/1 for the 1-3 treble and nearly 30/1 for the Acca!
Best of luck