Last season saw five Championship clubs pointed in the direction of the Capital One Cup exit door by fingers belonging to teams residing lower down the Football League ladder, while a further five were taken to extra-time.
With the prospects of hoisting the trophy minimal and revenues generated from long runs not especially noteworthy, second-tier representatives frequently find the motivation to progress through the early stages of this competition hard to come by and this often leads to upsets.
It makes betting a real nightmare too, but the news.bwin.com tipsters are here to guide you through the minefield by signposting the three minnows most likely to claim a higher-profile scalp this evening.
As the following stats will attest, the rewards for following our lead undoubtedly outweigh the risk, with a 110/1 payday up for grabs.
Yeovil to beat QPR @ 10/3
Backing the R’s to show themselves up against lower-league opposition is hardly groundbreaking tipping, but the Glovers can’t be ignored at this price.
League Two’s Burton dismissed them from this competition in their first foray last term, while Sheffield United of League One did the same in the FA Cup.
Swindon, Rochdale and Port Vale are among the small frys to oust them from the Capital One Cup this decade.
Stevenage to beat Ipswich @ 5/1
Tractor Boys gaffer Mick McCarthy proved during his Wolves tenure that he’s not averse to sacrificing a result in one game to focus on getting the job done in another.
He was famously reprimanded for sending an under-strength team to lose at Manchester United in midweek so resources could be pooled ahead of a relegation battle with Burnley in 2009/10.
McCarthy is, evidently, a man who knows the order of his priorities and the Capital One Cup almost certainly doesn’t feature towards the top of the list.
Scunthorpe won at Portman Road at this stage of the competition 12 months ago, while tonight’s foes Stevenage inflicted the same feat upon them in the edition prior.
Shrewsbury to beat Blackburn @ 11/5
This is Blackburn’s fourth successive season in the second tier following their 2011/12 banishing from the Premier League; they’ve never gone beyond the first round of the Capital One Cup since.
Shrewsbury saw off two Championship sides last term, as well as top-flight Leicester before eventual-winners Chelsea punched their ticket.