Carabao Cup Round-Up: 29/08/2018

Carabao Cup Round-Up: 29/08/2018

The second round of the Carabao Cup commenced on Tuesday evening and, as ever, there was plenty of drama involved. There are four more cup ties tonight and below we’ve taken a look at each of them, along with our recommended bet for each game.

Everton vs Rotherham United

If there were to be an upset in the Carabao Cup tonight this would probably be the biggest of the lot, as Everton host Rotherham United at Goodison Park. The Toffees are unbeaten at the start of the new Premier League season, having taken five points from a possible nine thus far. Discipline has been something of an issue for Marco Silva’s team, who have had players sent off in two of their three games – both of which they have gone on to draw. Everton drew 2-2 away to Bournemouth at the weekend in what was a disappointing result given they led 2-0 with 15 minutes to play.

As for Rotherham, they come into this game off the back of a 1-0 win over Millwall at the weekend thanks to Sean Raggett’s first-half effort. The Millers have won two and lost three of their opening five games in the Championship, with both wins coming at the New York Stadium. Their home form will be pivotal this term and they have already lost both of their away games at Brentford and Leeds, conceding seven goals in the process. That doesn’t bode well for them here and we’re backing Everton to progress.

Recommended bet: Everton win to nil at 4/5 with Bet365 – BET HERE

Millwall vs Plymouth Argyle

This Championship-League One tie brings together two teams that will be disappointed with the starts to the season they have made after both enjoyed strong showings last term. After standing on the cusp of a place in the play-offs, Millwall have started this season with just one win in their opening five matches and have lost back-to-back league games against Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham. Neil Harris’ men are unbeaten at home, though, taking four of their five points earned this season at The Den and will be confident of progressing at home, as they did against Gillingham in the previous round.

Like Gillingham, Plymouth are in League One but are sat rooted to the bottom of the table after a dismal start. Argyle have just two points from their first five games, having only an upset in the League Cup away to Bristol City to show for their efforts thus far. Millwall have made The Den a fortress in recent times and they should have too much quality of Plymouth here.

Recommended bet: Millwall -1 handicap at 5/4 with SkyBet – BET HERE

Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle United

Tipped as one of the early season favourites to win promotion to the Premier League, Nottingham Forest have disappointed in the Championship early on despite still being unbeaten. Aitor Karanka’s team have one win and four draws to their name after five matches and are quickly developing into the Championship’s draw specialists. Karanka has never been a manager known for his attacking football, but knows how to grind out results and how to get a team promoted from the second tier. Their attention can now turn to causing an upset in the Carabao Cup and defeating a Newcastle side that are still yet to win this season.

Rafa Benitez’s side may well feel hard done by early on, having put in gritty performances against both Tottenham and Chelsea at home. The Spurs game in particular will have been one where they felt they should’ve taken at least a point, while Kenedy missed a penalty in stoppage time to deny them victory away at Cardiff. It’s been an age since Newcastle really challenged in a cup competition and with changes expected, we’re backing the home side to progress.

Recommended bet: Nottingham Forest win and under 3.5 goals at 3/1 with BetVictor – BET HERE

Reading vs Watford

Looking at the form guide and the two teams on paper, this should be a particularly one sided contest on Wednesday evening. Reading are sat 23rd in the Championship coming into this game, having failed to win any of their first five league outings. Their only victory to date came against a much-changed Birmingham City in this competition, but Paul Clement will take heart from a recent upturn in performances. The Royals come into this game off the back of successive draws against Blackburn and Aston Villa away from home and will hope to continue their steady progression with a win tonight.

Watford have made an incredible start to their campaign, winning each of their first three games in the Premier League for the first time in the club’s history. Javi Gracia struggled to make an impact after replacing Marco Silva midway through last term, but the Spaniard has clearly benefited from a whole pre-season with his players. It is the first time Watford have entered a season with the same manager in charge as the previous year since they were promoted back to the top flight and the continuity seems to be paying off. We’re going for the Premier League visitors in this clash.

Recommended bet: Watford to win 2-0 at 17/2 with Betfair – BET HERE