A string of Premier League and Championship sides chomped the Capital One Cup dust in the first raft of round two matches and another following their lead headlines our best bets for the second batch of games.
Burton Albion to beat QPR @ 3/1
Gary Rowett’s men dropped their first points of the campaign last time, having prevailed in the four outings before it.
The R’s, by contrast, haven’t even had a goal to celebrate upon returning to the top tier, losing both of their games by an aggregate score of 5-0.
Accumulating points is underlined in red at the top of Harry Redknapp’s agenda and he won’t be fielding anything that resembles their strongest side at the Pirelli Stadium.
Such a course of action spells doom against a team forging a reputation in the art of administering egg to the face of foes.
Burton have ousted four sides residing higher than themselves on the Football League ladder in the past three seasons, taking a fifth to penalties in Fulham.
Stoke to keep a clean sheet against Portsmouth @ 1/1
Pompey knocked Peterborough out in round one, besting the Posh by a 1-0 scoreline.
This, however, was the first goal they managed in three season’s worth of Capital One Cup matches.
The Potters haven’t had the best of times in this competition of late, but they can typically be relied upon on their own patch, winning six from eight at the end of last campaign prior to a surprise loss to Aston Villa on the opening day of this term, which is the only time they’ve been breached since proceedings were resumed.
Both teams to score in Bradford v Leeds @ 7/10
In each of the previous six between this pair backers of this bet would’ve turned a profit and recent form suggests it’ll be more of the same tonight.
The Whites have kept just one adversary at bay all season, while only one visiting team has been unable to breach the Bradford backline since March.