It’s round 1 of the Capital One Cup and we have a smorgasbord of fixtures to choose from. There’s likely to be goals in an action packing evening full of excitement and possibly a few shocks. We have chosen 5 matches in which we think both sides can get on the scoresheet.
Northampton v Blackpool
Blackpool started life in League One with a 2-2 draw with Colchester and their new strikerforce of Mark Cullen & Jack Redshaw look pretty handy with the former scoring twice in the 1st half. They other noticeable pattern of the game was that they looked unsure at the back and often just moments away from a complete defensive meltdown! Northampton should be able to take advantage of that. They only scored once against Bristol Rovers and they’ve lost Ivan Toney, but Marc Richards missed a few chances and he should be able to put that right against the seasiders.
Scunthorpe v Barnsley
It’s always disappointing for a fan to be drawn against a team in your own league, but these sides will have to play one another at least 3 times this season. Both these sides will look to bounce back from opening day disappointments, but both also look capable of scoring goals. The home side have Paddy Madden and Gary McSheffrey in their ranks and plenty of creativity in the midfield whilst Barnsley have Sam Winnall and goalscorer Connor Wilkinson amongst their 11 and it should be an entertaining game. Who progresses to round 2 is hard to call, but I reckon there will be plenty of goals.
Rotherham v Cambridge
Rotherham disappointed on the opening day losing 4-1 to newly promoted MK Dons. Steve Evans will be fuming following the defensive horror show his side displayed and will be looking for the Capital One Cup to put that right. However, it may be easier said than done, as Cambridge possess plenty of potent powerful players and can put the Millers to the sword. They cut apart Newport at the weekend with a double from Barry Corr and Richard Money has several new players he can utilise if he decides to shuffle his pack.
Wycombe v Fulham
A dazzling start for the Chairboys at the weekend against York, 3 goals without reply and a dominant display saw Gareth Ainsworth’s side show that they aren’t one season wonders. They face Championship opposition here in the shape of Fulham. Kit Symons side drew 1-1 at the weekend, they had 1 shot on target and scored 1 goal through Matt Smith. That doesn’t matter, but they surely will create more chances against lesser opposition. They were undone by a wonder strike from Craig Noone, but they always look suspect at the back.
Brentford v Oxford
Brentford did things the hard way on Saturday as they came from 2-0 down to draw with Ipswich. Both goals from Andre Gray and James Tarkowski came after the 90 minute mark and there are many players still bedding in. Last season, the Bees were involved in the goal-packed match with Dagenham in this competition and for the sake of the Acca, I’m hoping we see similar. Oxford possess the firepower of Danny Hylton (who got off the mark at the weekend) and Ryan Taylor and new signing Kemar Roofe and I think they can give them plenty to think about at Griffin Park.
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