League Cup Preview – 25 August 2014

This entry was posted on Monday, August 25th, 2014

After the 2012/13 season brought Bradford City to the League Cup final, the last campaign brought a sense of prestige back to the much name changed tournament with Manchester City prevailing over Sunderland in the final. This year the second round boasts an unlikely name in Manchester United due to their lack of European football and most of the Premier League are involved this week.

Talking of United, two disappointing results in the Premier League make this match a must win for Van Gaal to get some morale back into the team. They are 11/20 with Bet365 to beat MK Dons in normal time and that’s possibly not a bad bet. The League One side won’t be able to cope with United’s players, even with a few changes and United to lead at Half-Time and Full-Time at 20/21 with Ladbrokes seems good.

Oxford are in dire straits at the bottom of League Two and a trip to West Bromwich Albion won’t help their cause this week. The Baggies have departed the last three League Cups to Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton but will make short work of the out of sorts Oxford team. Consider West Brom -2 on the handicap at 5/2 with Paddy Power. They’ll certainly win at a short priced 1/3 with Bet365.

Brentford and Fulham were two divisions apart last season, but Brentford are the favourites to see of fellow Championship side Fulham in the Cup after a horrific point-less start to life in the second tier for the West London side. Fulham could likely do without the distractions and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them exit the tournament. Brentford are 4/6 with Paddy Power to qualify and we like the look of it.

Only one Premier League side went out of the tournament at this stage last year and our main candidate this year would be Crystal Palace. The Eagles are without a manager and looking a fraction of the team that played so well under Tony Pulis. Walsall, who have yet to really get going this season, with just three points (three draws) from four games, will fancy their chances. They were defensively resolute against Leyton Orient on Saturday in a goalless draw and have enough going forward to grab a goal. If you can get 2.6 on Walsall qualifying we recommend a small play.

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