West Bromwich Albion have had an impressive start to the season and can get through to the third round of the Capital One Cup with a win at Yeovil Town, while Birmingham City and Hull City can also pick up victories away to Coventry City and Doncaster Rovers.
Read on to find out why we reckon all three should be backed individually, while an ambitious treble would be worth 173.08 to anyone successfully punting on it with their free £20 bet upon registering with bwin.
West Bromwich Albion to beat Yeovil Town @ 3/4
Steve Clarke has made a great start to life in the dug-out and that can continue when his West Brom team travel to Yeovil in the Capital One Cup.
Many tipped the Baggies to struggle under rookie manager Clarke, but four points from two fixtures against Liverpool and Tottenham – the very least West Brom deserved – will have silenced some doubters and with a very good, experienced Premier League squad under his watch, Clarke should be confident of a fine season.
A cup run would be a bonus and the trip to Yeovil represents a good chance of progression. Gary Johnson’s side have done brilliantly so far this season, sitting top of League One after three games, but there is no way they will be there come the end of the season and the visit of Albion is a step up in class.
The Glovers struggled at home to the top-half sides in the third tier last season, losing eight of their 12 matches, whereas West Brom boasted the sixth-best away record in the top flight in 2012/13, posting a 5-4-1 record on their visits to teams in the bottom half.
Hull City to beat Doncaster Rovers @ 13/10
Doncaster have made a decent start to life in League One after relegation from the Championship last term, but may struggle when Yorkshire rivals Hull travel to the Keepmoat Stadium.
Donny have won two of their three matches in the third tier, but the fixture list has been kind with winnable fixtures against Walsall and Bury, and it remains to be seen how well Dean Saunders’ side can do this year. Hull, on the other hand, have taken four points in the first three games under new manager Steve Bruce despite some difficult assignments against Brighton, Blackburn and Charlton – and their performances in those matches merited a greater number of points.
Bruce will fancy his chances of a win in the League Cup, though, given Doncaster’s poor home record. Saunders’ men won just four games at home last season to give them the third-worst record in the division and just two of those wins came against teams from the top half. Hull had a decent enough away record and can make it back-to-back home defeats for Doncaster after their weekend loss to Crawley.
Birmingham City to beat Coventry City @ 23/20
Lee Clark has not enjoyed the best start to his career as Birmingham manager but he can get through to the third round of the Capital One Cup at the expense of managerless Coventry.
Clark has taken just one point from his three games in charge at St Andrews, but he has plenty of good players at his disposal – the majority of whom were there when Blues finished in the Championship play-off places last term – and the former Huddersfield boss has already warned his under-performing stars to get their act together.
They can do so at the Coventry City Stadium against a team who have just sacked their manager, Andy Thorn, after three draws at the start of their first campaign in the third tier for 48 years.
Thorn oversaw relegation from the Championship last year with the fifth-worst home record in the division and with players sold to balance the books, the Sky Blues look every inch the mid-table League One outfit.
Birmingham were excellent away from home to the bottom-half sides last year, posting a 7-3-2 record, and should be able to get their season going with a victory.
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