EFL Cup round 2 betting preview: Big night for Burton with Reds in town

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Updated: August 23, 2016

EFL Cup second round betting preview

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It’s a competition that has witnessed plenty of name changes since being first played in 1960, but the Football League Cup remains a prized piece of silverware for the majority of English clubs. Like the FA Cup, it is played as a knockout tournament between the 20 Premier League clubs, and the 72 clubs of The Football League. The winners qualify for the UEFA Europa League, unless they have qualified for the Champions League through their league position, in which case the Europa League berth goes to the highest-placed team from the Premier League not already qualified for Europe.

The current champions are Manchester City, who defeated Liverpool on penalties in the 2016 final. Although the League Cup is one of the three major domestic trophies, it’s viewed by some of the bigger clubs as a lower priority than the league championship, UEFA Champions League, and the FA Cup. For the opening round, it’s sides from the Championship, League One and League Two who will feature in the League Cup (or EFL Cup as it’s currently known) as EPL clubs don’t join the competition until the second round, which starts tonight.

 

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Teams from all four divisions will be competing for a place in the round 3 draw with 21 games taking place on tonight and four on Wednesday evening (local time). Among the highlights tonight is the first-ever meeting between Burton Albion and Liverpool. The newly-promoted Brewers will be looking to show that they can mix it with the best in this home fixture at Pirelli Stadium (pictured above), aiming to cause an upset against the eight-time EFL Cup winners and ensure their place in the hat for round 3. Seven top-flight clubs face EFL opposition.

Hull City have had a strong start to their Premier League campaign but face a tricky road excursion to Exeter City. Bristol Rovers head to Stamford Bridge as they look to cause the upset of the round after prevailing over Cardiff City in round 1. At this time last year, Rafa Benitez was in the dugout at the Bernabeu watching his Real Madrid side defeat Real Betis 5-0, but tonight he’ll be stepping out at St James’ Park to lead Newcastle into battle against Gary Johnson’s Cheltenham Town. Tomorrow night, Accrington Stanley host last year’s Sky Bet Championship winners Burnley as the two Lancashire sides face off for the first time ever.

 

 

Confirmed betting (card finalised)

Crystal Palace v Blackpool -2.5 total (one unit @ $2.10)
Derby County v Carlisle United +0.5hcp (one unit @ $2.90)
Exeter City v Hull City WIN (one unit @ $1.91)
Newcastle United v Cheltenham Town -2.5 total (one unit @ $2.40)
Northampton Town v West Bromwich Albion -2.5 total (one unit @ $1.80)
Oxford United v Brighton & Hove Albion WIN (one unit @ $2.10)
Stevenage v Stoke City +2.5 total (one unit @ $1.80)
Watford v Gillingham +0.5hcp (one unit @ $2.65)
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Cambridge United DRAW (one unit @ $4.35)

 

Tonight’s other games

Blackburn Rovers v Crewe Alexandra
Burton Albion v Liverpool
Chelsea v Bristol Rovers
Everton v Yeovil Town
Luton Town v Leeds United
Millwall v Nottingham Forest
Norwich City v Coventry City
Peterborough. v Swansea City
Preston North End v Oldham Athletic
Queens Park Rangers v Rochdale
Reading v MK Dons
Scunthorpe United v Bristol City

• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Time (AET); prices with thanks to Bet365 (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.

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