A potent head-body Association Football combo is helping sate the appetite hungry punters have been harbouring since the World Cup climax.
If the return of the Championship and its smaller relatives wasn’t enough to get the excitement coursing, Monday night sees the Capital One Cup emerge from the ashes like a silvery Lazarus, with Derby travelling the long road to Carlisle for the opening first round match.
The Rams rate at 13/20 to get the better of Graham Kavanagh’s side, who are still reeling from defeat against Luton on their return to League Two.
Those who fancy the Cumbrians to record an upset can get paid out at 15/4, while the 90 minutes stalemate is on offer at 11/4.
With Steve McClaren set to hand debuts to new faces Leon Best and Omar Mascarell, it’s hard to ignore the visitors here, but if match-betting in the minefield that is the early rounds of the Capital One Cup doesn’t appeal, try these prospective wagers on for size:
Under 1.5 goals @ 13/5
Both were involved in 1-0 scorelines on the opening weekend.
Derby won by this margin, Carlisle were on the wrong side of it, which took their tally to four competitive games without a goal to speak of.
They haven’t rustled the net on multiple occasions once since the end of February and a stern defence like County’s should stymie the home frontline.
Both teams to score – No @ 91/100
United’s inability to find the net in itself makes this an excellent price.
Derby aren’t likely to shirk attacking duties though; they’ve drawn just one blank in their last ten competitive outings, which, unfortunately for them, was the Play-off final they lost to QPR.
Derby to score the first goal of the first-half @ 19/20
In 11 of the last 12 matches that the east Midlands outfit have found the net, their first strike was on the scoreboard prior to the interval.
Their penchant for a first-half goal makes them a banker to beat the Blues to the punch given the aforementioned goal-getting woes of the fourth-tier franchise.