The EFL Cup continues tonight and we’ve got a 7/2 EFL Cup accumulator ready and waiting for those who want to get involved in some midweek knockout football. Our experts have sifted through the League Cup fixtures tonight and have pulled together a tasty-looking accumulator for you to get stuck into.
Off the back of Salford City defeating Leeds United on Tuesday evening, League One and Two sides may take inspiration as they look to bridge the quality gap to those competing in the Premier League and Championship. We have found some interesting angles to combine into our 7/2 acca, but by all means, feel free to back the selections as singles as well or instead if you prefer.
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Tuesday’s EFL Cup Accumulator Tips
Chelsea v AFC Wimbledon
It would surely be the shortest bet in the world for Mauricio Pochettino to heavily rotate his squad for this match. One can almost hear the words – “it is a great opportunity for me to see some of the other players in my squad” – coming out of the Argentine’s mouth, and what a squad it is.
A fully rotated Chelsea eleven would still contain most of the Golden Boy shortlist and although there will be some concerns about how the players will gel and play under Pochettino’s gameplan, the individual talent alone should be enough for them to dominate the game and eventually put League Two AFC Wimbledon to the sword.
Wimbledon have had a decent start to the season after an initial stutter so will head into this match in a positive frame of mind. However, Johnnie Jackson will be more than aware of the quality difference and undoubtedly will employ a counter-attacking gameplan. Wimbledon do boast a pretty decent strikeforce for their level, with strength in depth, as well as a Championship-touted forward in Ali Al-Hamadi, so there is the possibility of Wimbledon getting on the scoresheet as well.
However, the strength of this bet comes from the idea of Chelsea’s superstars feeling the reins of the league loosen somewhat and getting the opportunity to express themselves, in a cup competition against athletes that might not be quite as strong or as fast as their usual opponents.
Harrogate Town v Blackburn Rovers
Though Jon Dahl Tomasson’s squad is certainly looking threadbare in certain areas, there should still be enough quality in the XI on the pitch to out-class Harrogate here.
It was an exciting draw for many Rovers fans who need to tick off the Harrogate Town ground for their collection of the 92 Football League grounds, but also a potentially exciting one for both clubs. For Harrogate, the chance to test themselves against a former Premier League champion club, and for Blackburn, the chance to continue their good record in the cups under Tomasson.
Rovers reached the quarter-finals in the Carabao Cup last term and the same stage in the FA Cup as well. Training sessions at Brockhall always involve a number of young players from the academy so the fact that the bench may well have to be filled with youth isn’t necessarily a problem from a tactical and familiarity perspective. Plus, Rovers continue to boast a Category 1 Academy and have seen lots of players arrive from that resource over recent years.
Recent early round EFL Cup matches involving Rovers have seen goals too. Last year Rovers beat Hartlepool 4-0 and Bradford 2-1 before a 2-2 draw with West Ham and a 4-1 defeat against Forest.
Rovers are performing pretty well in the Championship too, and come into this off the back of a morale-boosting win at Watford.
Harrogate’s performance data marks them out as one of the poorest League Two sides in the early fixtures. Tipped by many to go down this season, they’re chances are heavily dependent on the future of talismanic forward Luke Armstrong. As things stand, the son of former League Cup star Alan Armstrong is in the squad, so he adds some threat to getting over the 2.5 goal line in this match too.
Sheffield United v Lincoln City
It was a strong performance from Sheffield United against Manchester City on Sunday. Undoubtedly that will have galvanised the spirit within the group, but it will be interesting to see whether the good feeling from a result or performance stretches to players that weren’t actually involved.
This is going to be important to this match because, the likelihood is, that Paul Heckingbottom will ring the changes. Last season the Blades faced a tough task away at fellow Championship big club West Brom in the second round and Heckingbottom did a partial rotation with four of his first-choice players, Wes Foderingham, John Egan, Anel Ahmedhodzic, and Oliver Norwood forming the spine of the team.
Meanwhile, Mark Kennedy has Lincoln in a good place. The Imps are up near the summit of League One again after a comfortable season in upper mid table last term. What really appeals about Lincoln in this fixture, as it did when they did the business for us in the previous round, is Lincoln’s record against the better teams.
They demonstrated this ability again at the weekend with a 3-0 win over promotion favourites Blackpool. Lincoln thrive on the break and they have a very solid deep-block defence that sets up the counter-attacking gameplan to perfection. Danny Mandroiu is beginning to look like an excellent acquisition and Kennedy is making a name for himself as a talented coach.
The good thing about this bet is that United can still win the match and the bet lands. Lincoln should be solid enough defensively to keep it tight and they have a great chance of taking this to penalties at least.
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