There's a large compliment of Tuesday night games in the 2nd round of the Capital One Cup and there will hopefully be drama, upsets and most importantly for our finances – goals!
Birmingham v Gillingham
Birmingham look a much tougher prospect on home soil this year. Gary Rowett has toughened them up and they have beaten Reading and held Derby to a draw at St. Andrews so far this season. They have goals in them with the pacey Demerai Gray and the powerful Clayton Donaldson with midfielders Andrew Shinnie, Jon Toral & David Cotterill chipping in with a few more. Gillingham are one of the form sides in the division and they beat Wigan at the weekend thanks to a double from the man of the moment Bradley Dack. The stylish midfielder has 5 goals in his opening 5 games and I wouldn't be surprised to see him net again here.
Bury v Leicester
If you've been looking for a banker week in-week out so far this season when it comes to scoring goals, it's got to be Bury. The Shakers have been involved in a 2-2, 4-3 & 3-3 in their last 3 games. They haven't anyone down yet and they have plenty of spirit under David Flitcroft. They really do need to tighten up at the back, anyone who conceded 3 goals to Crewe needs to have a defensive re-think. Leicester have made a decent start to the Premier League season have scored goals for fun. They also have conceded a fair few and despite 'The Tinker Man' ahem…Tinkering, they should get on the scoresheet once more. Kramaric may get a start and he shouldn't find too many issues with a generous Shakers back-line.
Sheffield Wednesday v Oxford
Round 1 giantkillers Oxford find themselves with another away tie to a Championship club. It's Sheffield Wednesday this time around and although they will be a much tougher nut to crack, they should still find the net. Kemar Roofe is a man in form and Danny Hylton has a knack of getting in behind the opposition. Wednesday scored a wonder goal through Marco Matias at the weekend and they should be able to get on the scoresheet once again.
West Brom v Port Vale
Many people had written off Port Vale before a ball was even kicked, but a dominant display against Doncaster at the weekend and the fact they are still unbeaten shows they are a tougher proposition this time around. Robert Page has made some decent defensive signings and they possess Uche Ikpeazu on loan from Watford who is more than a handful to League One defences. Byron Moore getting back to his best after injury and personal tragedy is a big boost and they should give West Brom something to think about. Meanwhile, the Baggies now have plenty of strength in depth and should a few of their talented youngsters a run out.
Newcastle v Northampton
Northampton love the cup, they always seem to be up for this competition and they should give Newcastle a hard time this evening. Newcastle have recruited well and under Steve McClaren they should be taking this competition seriously. They will have goals in them and Northampton have been shipping them in the last few games. Meanwhile, although putting 3 past Blackpool wasn't the greatest achievement, they may well find the net here.
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