Huddersfield is the best bet on a decidedly tricky midweek football program, with the Terriers fancied to qualify for the third round of the English Capital One Cup with a normal-time home victory over out-of-form Charlton.
A wide range of bookmakers, including Bet365, Bet Victor and Coral, are offering odds of 2.30 that Huddersfield continues its excellent start to the season by defeating the Addicks, who got out of jail when the heavens opened above The Valley on Saturday and forced the half-time abandonment of their English Championship match versus lowly rated Doncaster.
Some teams do not take the English Capital One Cup seriously but Huddersfield fielded a strong side in the first round – albeit for a local derby against Bradford – but Terriers boss Mark Robins will be keen to maintain momentum and a home tie versus Charlton is very winnable for his men.
Huddersfield thrashed Bournemouth 5-1 at home on Saturday to make it three wins from five games this term. Huddersfield’s 1-1 draw at home to Queens Park Rangers and 0-1 loss away to Nottingham Forest are looking better with every week also as the Super Hoops and the Tricky Trees are fourth and first in the English Championship standings after four rounds.
Charlton coach Chris Powell kept himself to himself in the aftermath of his team’s abandoned match. Charlton was down 1-3 when referee Lee Collins, who had first suspended play 26 minutes into the contest, called a definitive halt to proceedings during the half-time break. Doncaster manager Paul Dickov was furious at the post-game media conference, which says a lot because Rovers were reduced to 10 men just before the interval and Dickov clearly thought that his side would be able to repel Charlton even without a full 11.
Dickov’s blast at the match officials took the heat off Powell, whose Charlton team has not beaten a side from the English Championship this season. And on a line through Bournemouth, the promoted team that beat Charlton 2-1 at home, Huddersfield is a few notches above the Addicks.
Staying in the English Capital One Cup, Bolton appeals at a shade of odds against to boost its confidence with an away win over Tranmere. Bolton has had a tough draw to start its English Championship campaign – away to local rival Burnley and top-of-the-table Nottingham Forest and home to relegated Reading and Queens Park Rangers – but it beat Shrewsbury 3-1 on the road in the first round of the knockout competition even though Wanderers boss Owen Coyle rested key players.
The Tranmere-Bolton fixture has a bit of history to it and Coyle knows how important a win would be to Bolton’s morale so expect the favourite to take the tie seriously. Tranmere is in absolutely appalling form, continuing how it ended last term. Peterborough thrashed Tranmere 5-0 on the Wirral on Saturday, with the Posh up 3-0 before Rovers went down to 10 men so the red card was no excuse for the strugglers. Tranmere has had players sent off in each of its last two matches so discipline is as much an issue as bad play for Rovers. BetVictor and Coral are betting 2.05 about Bolton.
If head-to-head form is worth anything then Watford, 1.75 with 888sport and Unibet, is well worth backing to win its English Capital One Cup home tie against Bournemouth as the Hornets hit the Cherries for six little more than two weeks ago. Watford won 6-1 despite being reduced to 10 men with the scores tied at 1-1 three minutes into the second half.
On the European stage one would have to be incredibly brave to back Celtic at odds on to qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stage at the expense of Shakhter Karagandy. The injury-hit Scottish Premier League title holder trails 0-2 following the first leg in Kazakhstan and it was lucky to escape with a 2-2 draw from its last start, a domestic home game versus Inverness. Celtic has run up cricket scores in some matches against Scottish opponents in recent seasons but it has not scored four goals in any of its last 47 UEFA Champions League, 23 of which have been at Celtic Park. If Shakhter Karagandy scores in Glasgow then Celtic will need to score at least four goals in normal time to progress.
The United Kingdom leads the online sports betting world, otherwise Celtic would be odds against to knock out Shakhter Karagandy. At odds of 1.83 with Boylesports, Shakhter Karagandy is worth an interest to eliminate Celtic.