Two Championship sides are fancied to maintain the status quo against lower league opposition as part of our 6/1 Capital Cup treble, but Notts County are taken to be foiled by underdogs Fleetwood Town – heavily backed in this season’s League Two title betting – in the night’s other face-off.
Leeds v Chesterfield – both teams to score @ 3/4
Either the Spireites have terrible luck or they’ve just not been taking this competition very seriously recently, losing in the first round in each of the last six years and Elland Road is an inhospitable kingdom for bashful tourists, with only Bolton and champions Cardiff claiming more Championship home wins last term.
However, quicksilver counter-attacking saw Chesterfield sneak out from under the cosh to pinch a 2-0 win at Bury last time and they should be capable of grabbing a goal against a Whites backline lacking the experienced Stephen Warnock.
Blackburn to beat Carlisle @ evens
Having been eliminated at the second round stage of last year’s competition, Rovers will have extra motivation to roll over Carlisle, who have endured a torrid last couple of games.
A 5-1 home defeat to Leyton Orient and 4-1 friendly loss to Burnley – again at Prenton Park – indicate the hosts may be susceptible, despite Rovers stalemate-strewn pre-season, which continued on the opening day at Derby.
That was an away performance full of never-say-die belief, characterised by Leon Best’s late goal on his return from a year out with a cruciate ligament injury and with the ex-Newcastle man keen to make up for lost time alongside the ever-threatening Jordan Rhodes, Rovers should have too much for the latterly leaky Cumbrian backline.
Fleetwood double chance v Notts County @ 18/25
Meadow Lane was no League One Shangri-La for County last term, with only nine of their 23 visitors leaving without a point to show for their efforts and Chris Kiwomya’s side have lost three of their last four home League Cup ties.
The Cod Army have strengthened their squad over the summer and will arrive in the Midlands full of confidence having seen three of those new boys fire them to a home win over Dagenham and Redbridge in their first game of the campaign.