Capital One Cup
Capital One Cup Accumulator: Back our round three fourfold at 95/1
Doncaster and Swindon eyeing shocks; comfortable wins for Arsenal and S'land in order
Doncaster to upset Norwich at Carrow Road offers a bumper payout at 11/2 and, with the Canaries set to field an under strength team against League One opposition, Donny have a realistic chance of snatching the win.
They represent the biggest price in our Capital One Cup fourfold, which is priced up at a massive 95/1 following the additions of Swindon, Sunderland and Arsenal with a three-goal handicap.
The Capital One Cup early rounds tend to be shock central with Fulham and Stoke being dumped out by lower league opposition earlier in the campaign, the latter losing to a League One side on their own patch.
This should inspire Rovers to show what they can do against top-division relegation strugglers who will likely rest key players in favour of more pressing Premier League matters.
Chris Hughton’s side are winless in the league and were dumped out of this competition at home last year by League One’s MK Dons in a 4-0 drubbing.
Doncaster have fared better on the road this season too, which should provide further encouragement for their travelling faithful. They’ve picked up seven points from 12 away from the Keepmoat, whereas Norwich have drawn twice in two home games.
It’ll be a big ask for Dean Saunders’ side to pull it off, but if there was a game where an upset could occur, then this is it.
Arsene Wenger will be sending out a host of youngsters for their home tie with Coventry, as is the norm in the Capital One Cup. It’s also the norm for said youngsters to rattle in a load of goals resulting in everyone musing about where the Frenchman keeps getting these quality youngsters from.
Coventry are really struggling in English football’s third tier and the aforementioned Arsenal kids are going to have far too much for the Sky Blues here. They’ve lost their last four and not won in 90 minutes since the first round of this competition – 10 games ago – when they edged past Dagenham and Redbridge.
At 11/5, it’s well worth backing the Gunners with a three-goal handicap and, given their well-documented wait for a trophy, they will not be sympathetic towards Coventry’s bleak situation.
Martin O’Neill has a great record in this competition and a good run in it is likely to represent their best chance of making European football next season.
The Northern Irishman won the competition twice with Leicester, in addition to taking Aston Villa to the final in 2010.
This suggests that, unlike other managers, he respects this competition, which means he’ll probably go easy on the squad rotation ahead of their trip to MK Dons, which they’re priced at 1/1 to win.
One of the League One promotion favourites, the MK Dons are in great form, especially at home where they’ve won four and drawn one, but a near-full strength Sunderland team should prove too strong.
The final selection of this fourfold is Swindon to beat Burnley at the County Ground. The hosts are brilliant at home and the visitors are poor travellers; back the Robins at 13/10.
Aside from a shock reverse to the unpredictable Leyton Orient, Swindon have won all of their home matches this season without conceding a goal, most recently a 4-0 drubbing of Bournemouth.
Burnley, on the other hand, have lost three of their last four away days, conceding seven goals in those games.
Paolo Di Canio’s men have been working on a reputation as giant killers since the Italian took over. They were the alluded to League One side that toppled Stoke in the last round after beating Brighton in the first.
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