In-form Peterborough to beat Reading is the standout bet in the first batch of Capital One Cup ties and we have thrown the Posh into a tasty looking 19/1 treble too.
Peterborough to beat Reading @ 19/10
Bulky single bets are recommended on this selection as Posh look a belting price to knock out Championship royalty Reading.
Darren Ferguson’s team have adapted to life in League One like Frankel did to his life as a racehorse: pulverising everyone.
They have won five out of five in all competitions, scoring 17 goals in the process, including a 5-1 win at Colchester and a 5-0 mauling of Tranmere.
The club’s record signing Britt Assombalonga has scored four of those 17 and looks a goalscoring battering ram of huge potential.
Reading, whose Championship form so far has been uninspiring, are in big trouble at London Road.
New manager Nigel Adkins is still finding his feet in the job and there are signs on the pitch that everyone might not be pulling in the same direction. It’s no surprise to see that a home win has been heavily supported.
Swindon to beat QPR @ 9/2
An organised and confident side like QPR could have aspirations of progressing quite far in this competition, but it’s doubtful whether manager Harry Redknapp will welcome the extra games as his small squad has undergone major surgery over the summer.
First teamers like Andy Johnson, who scored the only goal in QPR’s 1-0 win at Bolton on Saturday, Richard Dunne and Clint Hill are likely to be rested for this encounter.
Junior Hoilett and new signing Matt Phillips are out with injuries; therefore creativity will be thin on the ground.
Rangers are useless in cup competitions too. Northampton (twice), Port Vale (twice), Leyton Orient (twice), Vauxhall Motors, Rochdale and MK Dons have all triumphed over the R’s in the last 20 years, despite being the clear underdogs. League One Swindon could be about to join that list.
Under Paolo Di Canio last season Swindon registered the club’s best performance in this competition for 18 years – similar giant-killing antics could be on show once again.
West Ham United to beat Cheltenham @ 1/4
Bankers of the evening West Ham have only lost one home game in 2013 and should have few problems dispatching a very basic League Two outfit.
The Robins have lost their last four second round ties against teams from a higher division.