League Cup Tips: Saints a big price to march in against Newport

League Cup Tips: Saints a big price to march in against Newport

League Cup Tips: Saints a big price to march in against Newport

Cherries can score

Norwich 2.0421/20 v Bournemouth 3.613/5; The Draw 3.55/2
Tuesday 24 August, 19:00

Norwich have yet to win a game since winning promotion to the Premier League, though they could have hardly had a more difficult start, having played Liverpool and then Manchester City.

For a second round EFL Cup tie, this is pretty tough too. Championship side Bournemouth are unbeaten this season (P5 W3 D2) and both teams to score should land at 1.875/6.

Another home win for Brentford

Brentford 1.434/9 v Forest Green 6.611/2; The Draw 4.67/2
Tuesday 24 August, 19:45

Forest Green caused a minor upset in the last round after they beat Bristol City on penalties after a 2-2 draw.

They are top of League Two, having won all four of their games, but Brentford’s performance at home against Arsenal on the opening day, shows that this is a tough assignment. Brentford are 2.255/4 to win half-time/full-time.

Cardiff are unbeaten

Cardiff 3.39/4 v Brighton 2.35/4; The Draw 3.55/2
Tuesday 24 August, 19:45

Brighton are currently third in the Premier League, having taken maximum points from their first two games.

Cardiff can’t quite match that, but they are unbeaten this season, across all competitions (P5 W3 D2). With Brighton likely to rotate a little, the Championship team should be competitive at home and both teams to score is 1.9520/21.

Everton can build on bright start

Huddersfield 6.86/1 v Everton 1.645/8; The Draw 3.814/5
Tuesday 24 August, 19:45

It’s been an encouraging start for Rafa Benitez, with his Everton team following their opening win against Southampton with a 2-2 draw at Leeds on Saturday.

Huddersfield won 2-1 at Sheffield United over the weekend, but a recent 5-1 home loss to Fulham, points to how this one might go. Everton are reasonably priced at 1.645/8.

Leeds struggled in cups last season

Leeds 1.364/11 v Crewe 10.519/2; The Draw 5.14/1
Tuesday 24 August, 19:45

Leeds went out of both cups at the first hurdle last season, with Marcelo Bielsa picking very experimental lineups.

After flourishing in the Premier League since returning, there is a chance that Leeds will take things more seriously, but there’s not much value in backing them, even against opposition that are 22nd in League One. Both teams to score is 2.0521/20.

Watford the value at home

Watford 2.56/4 v Crystal Palace 2.829/5; The Draw 3.412/5
Tuesday 24 August, 19:45

It looks likely to be a long season for both clubs, so a cup run may not be high on anyone’s priority list, which is reflected in this close set of odds.

Watford have home advantage and won their last game at Vicarage Road 3-2 against Aston Villa. Back the Hornets in the Draw No Bet market at 1.834/5.

Wolves finding goals hard to come by

Nottingham Forest 2.021/1 v Wolves 4.47/2; The Draw 3.02/1
Tuesday 24 August, 19:45

It’s been a poor start to the season for both clubs. Forest have lost all four of their games in the Championship, while Wolves have yet to score in the Premier League in their two defeats, despite creating lots of chances.

Both of Wolves’ games this season have ended 1-0 and in a match where the hosts will be desperate not to lose, under 2.5 goals looks value at 1.84/5.

Burnley will field strong team

Newcastle 2.35/4 v Burnley 3.259/4; The Draw 3.39/4
Wednesday 25 August, 19:45

This all-Premier League clash comes at a time when neither team has registered a point this season.

Of the two clubs, it’s Burnley that seem likeliest to field a team closest to their normal starting line-up, simply because they don’t have the strength in depth to do anything else. Back the visitors to hold on for a draw at 3.39/4.

Saints can pick up first win of season

Newport 5.14/1 v Southampton 1.784/5; The Draw 3.65
Wednesday 25 August, 19:45

Newport of League Two knocked out League One Ipswich in the first round of this competition, but Southampton are available at curiously generous odds here.

The Saints produced an encouraging performance in their 1-1 home draw with Manchester United on Sunday and look value look value at 1.784/5, against a team three divisions below them.