Reading’s lukewarm start to the Championship – where the Royals have picked up just one win from four matches so far – means the pressure will already be on Nigel Adkins to pick up league results over cup progression.
Therefore this trip to London Road to face Peterborough looks a potential banana skin, especially given the Posh have beaten them twice at their home ground in the second tier over the last four seasons.
Having won 5-0 at the weekend the home side’s confidence needs no topping up and having been dumped out in a narrow 3-2 defeat to Reading at the Madejski last term, revenge will be on Peterborough minds also.
Next to make their way into our 16/1 accumulator are Cardiff who look a steal at 1/2 to win away at Accrington Stanley, themselves currently propping up the other 91 teams of the English football league, while the Welsh side arrive fresh from toppling Premier League title contenders Manchester City.
Meanwhile, Southampton’s trip to Barnsley looks like a gateway to easy progression for the visitors. The Yorkshire outfit have been beaten to nil in these sides’ last three encounters and having started their Championship campaign with three defeats and a draw, will not mind an early exit here.
Elsewhere Sunderland’s game against perennial League One nearly-men MK Dons should be fairly straight forward for the top-flight team given their home advantage.
The Black Cats overcame the same opposition in exactly the same round of the League Cup last season, when they defeated the Dons 2-0 at Stadium:mk and Paulo Di Canio’s revamped squad should do the business on Wearside.
On a similar note, Mark Hughes’ new-look (but with mostly the same players) Stoke side, should easily put pay to the hopes of League One Walsall in the hostile surroundings of the Britannia Stadium.
After a good start the Saddlers haven’t won in their last two, while the Potters will be buoyed by victory over Crystal Palace.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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