The third round of the Carling Cup draw takes place Saturday lunchtime and the Premier League will have 19 teams in the pot after Blackpool were the only casualties after their extra-time defeat to MK Dons.
Accrington Stanley came the closest to eliminating another after a spirited 3-2 defeat at home to Newcastle, but strikes from Shola Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands and a stunning volley from Ryan Taylor were enough to send the Toon Army through, despite Sean Hessey’s late goal making the final few minutes a little nervy.
Jermaine Beckford opened his account for Everton from the penalty spot in their 5-1 bashing of ten-man Huddersfield.
David Moyes made five changes from the side that drew against Wolves last weekend and Jack Rodwell produced an inspired performance, making it even harder for Moyes to ignore the young prodigy’s talk of gaining a first team spot.
Rodwell contributed with the team’s second of the night amongst others from Marouane Fellaini, Louis Saha and Leon Osman – and after backing up his talk with the performance last night, he could be in line for a start away to Aston Villa on Sunday, a game in which Everton are 2/1 to win.
Fulham demolished Port Vale 6-0 in Mark Hughes’ second game in charge, and the manager signalled his intent on a good Carling Cup run by making only three changes from the side that drew with Manchester United.
Fulham are currently 33/1 to win the Carling Cup and after their taster in last season’s Europa League final, the fans will be hoping Hughes can steer them through another cup run to pick up their first major domestic cup trophy in the club’s history.
Hughes is hell-bent on continuing Fulham’s recent success in cup runs and at 33/1, Fulham are a decent outside bet to win the Carling Cup. See the full Carling Cup football betting market here.