Yesterday Championship big shots Wolves and Blackburn Rovers were eliminated and, with their minds on the frying of bigger fish, Cardiff and Sheffield United are set to follow suit.
Backing their conquering at the hands of Coventry and Mansfield respectively in a double pays out at just shy of 17/1.
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Coventry to beat Cardiff @ 5/2
The Bluebirds attempt to avoid consecutive eliminations at the first-round stage of this competition, having lost to Northampton at the very stadium Coventry now call their temporary home back in 2012/13.
With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expected to give his exotic roster a thorough shuffling, there’s scant guarantee his side will be able to locate the winning thread they’ve mislaid in all bar one of their last nine road trips.
Coventry have eliminated the last two Championship foes they’ve come across in the cups and, having been shut out just four times at ‘home’ last term, they have the incisiveness to take another scalp.
Mansfield to beat Sheffield United @ 4/1
Nigel Clough has served notice that home fans will be treated to something of a Bramall Lane B movie, with key players including Michael Higdon likely to be rested for the Stags’ night in the Steel City.
Such news is grist to the mill for those interested in backing Mansfield, after their hosts kicked off their League One campaign with what was just their second competitive defeat in Sheffield in 18 matches.
Beaten just twice in their last 12 away matches, Paul Cox’s side are capable of capitalising on a moderate strength home selection.