After all the excitement and shocks in the Capital One Cup last night, there’s still some matches to complete this evening, plus a few SPL games chucked in for good measure. Hopefully things will go according to plan tonight and we can have some extra money ready for the 2nd round of fixtures at the weekend.
Hearts v Motherwell
Hearts have had a tremendous start to their 1st season back in the SPL. There were goals a-plenty when they beat St Johnstone 4-3 on the opening day and they showed they weren’t one trick ponies when they saw off a decent Dundee FC side 2-1. There were two more goals for Juanma and the Spanish star has certainly taken to the SPL like a duck to water. Motherwell narrowly won 1-0 on the opening day of the season, but then lost last time out to Dundee Utd. I think Hearts look stronger and they definitely have goals in them.
Hearts win – 10/11
Inverness v Partick Thistle
Partick have certainly struggled so far this season. John Hughes’ side have got a number of injuries, which is unfortunate at this stage of the season, but they are beginning to ease and they missed a number of chances at the weekend. This seems their best chance of victory so far. The trouble is, with no goals this season, I think this could be a drab affair. Inverness have only managed 1 themselves which came in a draw with St Johnstone. I think Under 2.5 goals is the way to play.
Under 2.5 goals – 6/10
Crewe v Preston
We saw a lot of shocks in the Capital One Cup last night, but I’m not sure tonight will be the same. Crewe’s concentrations will be on cementing their place in League One this season. They have been perilously close to slipping out into the bottom division the last two seasons and although a cup run will boost the coffers, I think they won’t mind too much if they are eliminated tonight. Preston have enough strength in depth to rotate and they have signed Chris Kirkland, who may get a game tonight. Simon Grayson isn’t the sort of manager who takes cup competitions lightly and I think they’ll ease through.
Preston win – 5/6
Oldham v Middlesbrough
These two teams meet again at this stage of the competition and Aitor Karanka says he has happy memories of the tie last year. I think similar to the Preston game, Boro will have enough strength in depth to get past Darren Kelly’s side. There has been plenty of change at Oldham and a 1-1 draw at Walsall doesn’t offer much indication as to how the season will pan out. Boro may give a debut to Christian Struani and I think if he gets game time, he will give them a different edge.
Middlesbrough win –3/4
Portsmouth v Derby
It seems Sky Sports have got decent tie on their hands here, it should be an exciting contest and I think there will be goals. Although Derby couldn’t find the net on Saturday, they came up against a stubborn Bolton defence and eventually became frustrated, coming close to losing the game. Portsmouth put 3 past Dagenham, but Paul Cook believes his side have more to offer. There’s plenty of striking talent on offer here and I think we could see them find the net.
Both Teams to Score? Yes – 4/5
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