Premier League clubs join the Capital One Cup party in the second-round stage, all vying to avoid the ignominy of an upset at the hands of small-fry opposition.
Two top-tier outfits that won’t dodge disgrace are West Ham and Burnley, who both host one of the Sheffield factions tonight and form two prongs of our enormous treble that pays out just north of 30/1.
Sheffield United to beat West Ham @ 17/4
Hammers and Blades collide for the first time since the infamous season in which the east Londoners controversially escaped top-flight relegation at the Yorkshire club’s expense, but the visitors can exact a minor measure of revenge here.
Nigel Clough’s side have won both matches preceding this one, while their run to the FA Cup semi-final last term saw them steamroller four teams stationed higher on the Football League ladder.
Sheffield Wednesday to beat Burnley @ 3/1
Few Championship sides are in better knick than the Owls, who are yet to taste defeat so far this season.
The efforts of their claret-clad adversaries, by contrast, amount to two losses from as many outings.
With the need to pick up Premier League points pervading at Turf Moor, Wednesday could perceivably steal the spoils at a ground where they’ve not lost in eight visits.
Norwich to beat Crawley @ 1/2
After a brief acclimatisation issue at Wolves on day one, the Canaries have hit their stride and are busy reaffirming pre-season preconceptions that they’ll be one of the Championship frontrunners this term.
The Norfolk natives have won three on the spin, conceding just once in the aftermath of their opening-day defeat, while Crawley have lost two from three since toppling Ipswich in the previous round, with their only victory in that spell coming against a Swindon Town side reduced to ten men.