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Domestic football returned from the summer break at the weekend as the English Football League got underway and as always there is no rest for the wicked when it comes to EFL football.
We have a bumper list of League Cup fixtures scheduled this week with teams from the Championship, League One and League Two all taking to the field for the first midweek action of the season.
We’ve got predictions for all of Wednesday’s EFL Cup clashes below, including a tasty x/1 accumulator!
Wednesday’s 35/1 League Cup acca
Leyton Orient vs QPR
Leyton Orient double chance at 4/5 – ⭐⭐
Leyton Orient and QPR will both be looking for their first win of the season but another tight affair is expected at Brisbane Road after both sides played out 1-1 draws in their league openers on Saturday.
Favourites QPR have a run of three league games in seven days coming up and may opt to rotate on Wednesday and that should give Orient something to work with. The Rs fell at the first hurdle in the EFL Cup last season and they face a Leyton Orient side who were only beaten seven times on home soil last season.
Blackpool vs Middlesbrough
Both teams to score at 3/4 – ⭐⭐
Both sides began their seasons in the Championship with 1-1 draws at the weekend, so this looks to be a close fought battle on paper already.
The Seasiders scored in all-bar-one of their pre-season games, with only the resolute Burnley keeping them at bay and new signing Shayne Lavery got off to a flyer against Bristol City at the weekend with an injury time equaliser on his debut.
Middlesbrough scored in every game during their pre-season and will be looking to improve on last year’s 10th-place finish in the league, and Boro also managed a late equaliser in their opener at Fulham.
Burton Albion vs Oxford United
Over 2.5 goals at 17/20 – ⭐⭐
The home side got off to a good start in League One at the weekend with a win away to Shrewsbury, while Oxford United conceded a late penalty at Cambridge in a 1-1 draw.
The Brewers have had a good offensive record in this fixture in recent times, scoring seven times in four games but at the back it’s been less convincing, with Oxford United scoring 13 across those games. This average of five goals per game promises entertainment on Wednesday.
Both sides scraped through on penalties in the first round last year and they are both 5/1 for this feat to occur again this time around.
Coventry City vs Northampton Town
Coventry City -1 handicap at 13/8 – ⭐⭐
Both sides got their league campaigns off to a flyer over the weekend. Coventry scored two goals in the last 15 minutes at home to Nottingham Forest in a game that included a 96th minute winner from Kyle MacFadzean.
At the same time, Northampton beat a 10-man Port Vale side as Benny Ashley-Seal scored his first goal for the club.
Three of Coventry’s last five competitive wins have been by more than one goal and, against lower division rivals, this looks like a good opportunity to enhance that statistic.
Nottingham Forest vs Bradford City
Nottingham Forest -1 handicap at 7/5 – ⭐⭐
Nottingham Forest conceded an injury time goal to Coventry in the dying embers of their opening Championship fixture, whilst Bradford made the long trip down to Exeter for a dull 0-0 on the south coast.
The home side are on a poor run in league terms with no win in six stretching back to last season, but the same can be said for The Bantams, who are without a competitive win since April 10, a run of eight league games.
Forest lie 42 places ahead of this opposition in league standings and should end their winless spell quite comfortably against rivals from two divisions below them.
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