Domestic football returns at last over the weekend and on Saturday, punters should be getting stuck into Wolverhampton Wanderers, Carlisle United and Sheffield United to all progress into the Capital One Cup second round at the expense of Aldershot, Accrington Stanley and Burton Albion respectively in a banker treble that pays at over 2/1.
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Wolves to beat Aldershot @ 7/20
This is an interesting season for newly-relegated Wolves and they should start off by easing to victory against League Two Aldershot.
The disastrous reign of Terry Connor is now over and ex-Copenhagen coach Stale Solbakken has taken over at Molineux with the aim of bouncing back to the Premier League at the first attempt. Which players will still be at the club when the transfer window shuts is open to debate – the vultures are circling on a number of Wolves’ top names – but for now the squad has enough quality to see off Aldershot.
The Shots have lost three pre-season games on the bounce to teams in higher divisions and boss Dean Holdsworth has seen his side score just once in the last four matches. The Shots struggled on their travels against the better teams in League Two, winning just one of 11 games against sides in the top half, and look set for an early exit in the Black Country.
Sheffield United to beat Burton Albion @ 53/100
After losing the League One play-off final in the most cruel of circumstances in May, Sheffield United’s priority will be winning promotion to the Championship but they will still be focused on beating Burton Albion at Bramall Lane on Saturday.
An 8-7 penalty shootout defeat to Huddersfield left the Blades in League One, but they look as strong as last season after some very astute signings (Matt Hill and Shaun Miller among them) and Danny Wilson will be confident the Blades can go well again.
They certainly should have the beating of a Burton Albion side that only just survived in League Two last season and could well be at the wrong end of the table once more. Brewers boss Gary Rowett also has an injury crisis on his hands, with seven first-teamers out of action and a side that lost eight of their 12 matches away to the teams in the top half of League Two last term should find the step up in class against United too much.
Carlisle United to beat Accrington Stanley @ 31/50
Carlisle will be confident of giving the League One play-offs another good go this season and can get their campaign off to a winning start when League Two Accrington Stanley visit Brunton Park.
United finished just short of the play-off places last year in eighth, mainly due to their indifferent away form. But at home, Greg Abbott’s men were very good indeed, boasting the fifth best record in the division and with the squad from last year intact (save selling Francios Zoko and replacing him with Danny Cadamarteri) they should have enough to knock Stanley out of the competition.
Paul Cook has an incredibly tough job following in John Coleman’s footsteps and Accrington could be looking over their shoulders all the way until May. Stanley won just three of their 23 away league games last term – and none against the top half of the division – and have their work cut out up in Cumbria.
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