The league season may have started with a bang, but with one game down it is time to switch our attention to the Capital One Cup.
Whether clubs have started badly and need a change of luck, or simply need to continue some winning form, the competition provides the perfect opportunity.
It also provides us with a chance to land some big priced accas.
We’ve put together a tasty looking fourfold that pays out at a not-to-be-sniffed-at 18/1, that features three sides renowned for a decent run in the cup recently.
Just a year ago Wigan sat two divisions clear of Bury in the Football League, now they find themselves 12 places below them.
The big spending Shakers got their League One campaign off to a steady start with a point against well-fancied Doncaster at the Keepmoat, in a game that featured a bizarre ending with Leon Clarke being allowed to walk the ball into the net in the 95th minute.
The Latics were perhaps unfortunate to begin their season with a defeat, but things must start to click fast for Gary Caldwell’s men, but until they do it’s worth taking them on.
The Royals almost came back from 2-0 down away at Birmingham on Saturday, were it not for Orlando Sa missing a 90th minute penalty.
Cup runs are something they have done well in recent years, reaching the semi finals of the FA Cup last season, and progressing to the last 16 in both cup competitions in 2012-13.
Colchester meanwhile haven’t progressed past the first round of the League Cup in five years, losing by at least two goal margins in four of their last five fixtures in the competition.
York boss Russ Wilcox berated his side’s defending as they were brushed aside by Wycombe at the weekend, and if they don’t improve drastically, they could be on for another big defeat in front of their home fans.
Bradford themselves were culpable of some slopping displays at the back, as they went down to Swindon, but are fancied to bounce back here.
The cup competitions have provided some moments of joy for Bantams fans in recent years, and a good cup run could breed the confidence necessary to facilitate a decent league campaign.
It’s been 23 years since Birmingham were dumped out of the League Cup in the first round, and we expect that run to continue.
The Blues have also only been knocked out by a team in League One or below once in the past decade, and it’s clear that they take the cup seriously.
A 1-0 defeat to Northampton wouldn’t have been the way that Bristol Rovers wanted to start their first season back in the football league, and with three or more goals conceded in five of their last six outings in the tournament, goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall could be in for a busy night.
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