With English football, across the board, in full swing, there is more midweek action to look forward to in the EFL Cup.
The second round will be fascinating, as it will herald the introduction of Premier League teams who have no European commitments this term.
I’m always on the hunt for an acca, and this time, I have picked out a delicious four-fold that has been served up by bet365.
- Fulham v Tottenham – Tottenham to win & BTTS
- Portsmouth v Peterborough – Peterborough to win
- Tranmere v Leicester – Leicester to win inside 90 minutes
- Bolton v Middlesbrough – Bolton to win
· Total odds – 50/1
Fulham v Tottenham – Tottenham to win & BTTS
There is an all-Premier League tie to look forward to at Craven Cottage, and the visitors will have the wind in their sails.
The early signs appear to be promising for Ange Postecoglou, who has seen his charges leak just two goals in their first three league games, and they are third in the table with seven points to their name.
A strong cup run will be warmly welcomed by the fans, who have seen their side starved of silverware.
Fulham have had more of a mixed start, but there have been some keenly contested affairs between these two London outfits.
Although the last two clashes in west London have produced just one goal, I fancy both sides to net. So, for my first pick, I have gone with Tottenham to win & BTTS which is available at an enticing 13/5.
Portsmouth v Peterborough – Peterborough to win
Currently, only goal difference separates these two League One representatives, although Peterborough, after a flying start to the season, have tasted defeat in back-to-back games.
Portsmouth, meanwhile, appear to be the draw specialists, as they have shared the spoils in each of their last two league run outs.
And with that, this could be a successful away trip for Posh, who may have to be patient before hitting on the counter to prevail.
For my second pick, I am leaning towards Peterborough to book their place in the next round, which is available at 23/10.
Tranmere v Leicester – Leicester to win inside 90 minutes
In terms of priorities, Leicester, who last won the League Cup in 2000, won’t place the EFL Cup high on it.
Marco Silva could well ring the changes for this one, and he could rest some faces.
That said, whoever comes in will want to impress the boss, and they will need to have a workmanlike attitude.
I don’t expect a cup upset here, and Leicester should come through in the regulation 90 minutes. They are priced at a very short 8/15 to do so.
Bolton v Middlesbrough – Bolton to win
Few would have expected Middlesbrough to be in the Championship relegation zone before the start of the campaign, but they can’t seem to buy a win, with just one point registered from their first five fixtures.
Bolton, meanwhile, are targeting promotion to the second tier of English football, and they are looking very good at the moment.
There could be more woe for the visitors, and so to round things off, I am gravitating towards Bolton to prevail which is available at an intriguing 9/5.