Leicester to Continue Fine Start in Capital One Cup

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Those Premier League clubs which are not involved in European competition enter the Capital One Cup at the second round stage, and there are some juicy ties set to be played on Tuesday evening. There are potential banana skins aplenty for the big clubs, and the temptation to rest players can also act as a real leveler in these games. On the other hand, it probably the best chance of silverware for the ‘second tier’ Premier League clubs who aren’t in significant danger of relegation and can have a real stab at a cup run. Chelsea and Spurs contested the final last season, but in recent years we’ve seen the likes of Birmingham, Sunderland, Aston Villa, Cardiff and Swansea and Bradford make the final.

In the first round we predicted a number of shock results – which will always happen in the early stages of the League Cup – and hit the mark with two well-priced winners in Luton and Burton Albion. This time around we’re looking in the opposite direction for teams that should outclass their opponents, and there is a modicum of value as the bookies look for giant-killings. Leicester are one such side that appeal, and without further ado, let’s get on to the fixtures for Tuesday night’s games.

Bury v Leicester

Leicester are a stand out price of -138  with  Betfred to overcome Bury on Tuesday night, and they can continue their brilliant start to the season.

Leicester are riding high in second in the Premier League, after winning two and drawing one of their first three under Claudio Ranieri. They’ve beaten Sunderland and West Ham and drawn with Spurs, and confidence and momentum is all with the Foxes at the moment. That’s typified by the form of Mahrez, and Bury will be hard-pressed to contain this free-scoring Leicester side, even if they do rest players.

Bury have the worst defensive record in League One, having conceded ten goals in their first four games, although to their credit they’ve only lost one of those. However, Leicester have some good quality in their team and Ranieri will be conscious of keeping the winning mentality going.

Aston Villa v Notts County

Villa tasted the success of a cup run last season as they reached the final of the FA Cup, and manager Tim Sherwood is in a different predicament to Ranieri as he looks to get back on the winning trail after losing the last two games to Manchester United and Crystal Palace. They were unfortunate not to get something from the game at Selhurst Park, and can be backed to take care of Notts County on home ground.

Betfred and Betfair offer  -200  about a Villa win, and that could look very generous by the end of the night.

County have had a muddling start to the League Two season, losing two and drawing one since the opening day win over Stevenage. They’ve conceded six times in the last three games and will do well to keep out a positive Villa side. New summer signing Adama Traore may get a call up after impressing off the bench recently and Villa are worth backing to do the business.

Luton v Stoke

Another Premier League side that look like having a good season is Stoke, who have progressed rapidly under Mark Hughes since he replaced Tony Pulis in the manager’s seat. Luton is a tough place to go and Hughes is likely to select a relatively strong side to ensure his team is in the hat for the next round. Record signing Shaqiri is probably not set to start having only made his debut at the weekend, but Bojan is back in contention and is a class above the type of players Luton are used to facing in League Two.

William HillPaddy Power and Ladbrokes all offer  -143  on the Potter’s progressing and it’s a price worth taking.

Like Villa, Stoke are looking to get on the winning trail after a slow start to the season which has seen them lose to Liverpool but draw with Norwich and Spurs. They haven’t been playing badly by any stretch though, and a win tonight will be a boost to the confidence. Although Premier league sides are often the ones renowned for playing a second string, ironically, it could be Luton who are concentrating more on the league. The Hatter’s were among the favourites for the League Two title at the start of the season, but two defeats and two draws in the first four have left them 22nd in the league – just above the drop zone.

Sunderland v Exeter

There’s plenty going on at Sunderland, as ever, and manager Dick Advocaat has told the board that they need to sign 2 or 3 new players if they want to avoid relegation. It’s only three games into the season, but the fact that the Black Cats are already worried about the drop is a telling sign. Advocaat however, has indicated that he will play a strong side on Tuesday night, and they can be backed to beat Exeter, who have probably made the longest trip of the night from South to North.

Bet365 and Skybet offer  -188  about a home win at the Stadium of Light, and it’s a price worth taking.

There was much to like about the way Sunderland battled back against Swansea at the weekend, and that will have lifted their confidence. A win here will help them push on as they fight for Premier League survival. Exeter meanwhile are just outside the League Two play-off zone, after winning two and drawing one of their first four games, but this is a class above the level they are used to, and they will spend most of the match on the back foot.

For multiple-backers, the fourfold pays  +575  with Betfred and that may also be worth a small punt alongside the singles.

Tips Summary

Leicester to beat Bury
25th August 19.45 GMT
Odds:  -138

Aston Villa to beat Notts County
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odds:  -200

Stoke to beat Luton
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Odds:  -143

Sunderland to beat Exeter
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odds:  -188

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