We’re happy to take a chance on three outsiders in their Capital One Cup first round matches
The Capital One Cup has enjoyed a bit of a renaissance in recent years, with the top teams taking the competition relatively seriously – even if Manchester United were humbled 4-0 by MK Dons last term.
We’ve got a host of games taking place this week as teams bid to make it through to the next stage and the prospect of facing a Premier League side who aren’t playing their trade in Europe next season such as Everton, Crystal Palace and Swansea City.
There is little point lumping on favourites as there are bound to be some shocks in store and here are our picks.
CAMBRIDGE UNITED to win at Rotherham @ 17/5 with 888sport
A nice big price about a U’s team who cruised to a 3-0 win over Newport County on Saturday, with Cambridge expected to be among the leading teams in League Two this season.
Richard Money has recruited well in the summer including the acquisition of Barry Corr and the former Southend striker scored twice for his new club last weekend.
Rotherham got off to a bad start when losing 4-1 at home to new boys MK Dons, with Steve Evans likely to change the team for this encounter although they could be facing Cambridge in a league match twelve months down the line.
BURY to win at Wigan @ 10/3 with bet365
A solid start for the Shakers when drawing at Doncaster and they will have plenty of fans supporting them in this Lancashire derby against a Wigan side who lost 2-0 at Coventry on Saturday.
Gary Caldwell was left scratching his head after the defeat and it might take a while for his Latics team to gel together on the pitch, while Bury are more settled having earned promotion from League Two last season.
Tom Pope and Leon Clarke are a good strikeforce at League One level and we might see something special from the visitors as Wigan continue to search for answers.
BURTON to win at Bolton @ 4/1 with bet365
A nice meaty price about the League One new boys who continue to enjoy an upward trajectory under the tutelage of Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink.
The Brewers enjoyed a winning start against a fancied Scunthorpe team on Saturday and will relish testing themselves against Championship opposition, with Neil Lennon having engineered some bright cup performances as Bolton manager last term.
A goalless draw against Derby represented a solid start although the lively Stuart Beavon could help bring about a surprise result here for Burton who are in confident spirits after winning the League Two title last season.