Premier League sides untroubled by European action enter the EFL Cup at the second-round stage, with the first chance for lower-league small fry to get under the skin of top-tier talent this term presenting itself.
We’ve had a run through tonight’s action and pulled together a likely treble that will pay out at over 15/2 with bwin, if all goes well:
It’s worth taking a chance on the Eagles, goalless so far in 2016/17, to rack up a few at home to Blackpool considering club record signing Christian Benteke will be itching to make his Selhurst Park bow.
The £27m newboy is thought to be short of match fitness, but could debut if beleaguered boss Alan Pardew deems him up to it and will have a whopping great point to prove after being binned by Liverpool just one summer on from landing at Anfield.
Either way, Palace should have far too much for a Seasiders oufit dropping like a lead balloon through the league ladder, with two points from their last three bottom-tier fixtures.
They took their time about it, but Rafa Benitez’s men have finally started to click in the Championship, winning their past two fixtures following a brace of defeats against Fulham and Huddersfield.
Despite seeing off Charlton at home in the first round of this competition, Cheltenham have not enjoyed their start to the League Two campaign, sitting 22nd after three draws and a loss so far.
Back at St James’ Park, where the Magpies battered Reading 4-1 just a week ago, expect a similar result.
Neither of these sides are going particularly well in their respective leagues, but both have seen plenty of goals registered during their opening 2016/17 fixtures.
Three of Blackburn’s five matches under new boss Owen Coyle have seen this goal line breached, while the other two missed out by just a single strike, with nine fired home in a couple of Ewood Park fixtures so far.
Meanwhile, Crewe played host to a 3-3 draw with Hartlepool last week, so this pair – who have racked up just two normal-time wins in ten games between them this term – should be expected to put on a show for the fans at least.