Brentford to beat Cambridge
Charlton to beat Forest Green Rovers
Derby to beat Scunthorpe
Swansea to beat Northampton
Hull to beat Tranmere
Accumulator Odds – 15/1 with Bet Victor.
There is a tendency for several Championship teams to field weakened teams in the opening round of the EFL Cup although for this Tuesday footy accumulator tip, Brentford, Derby, Swansea and Hull will face ties against lower league teams not enjoying the best of starts to the new campaigns. Charlton host a more difficult game against Forest Green Rovers, but the Addicks will be hoping to extend their impressive start to the season.
After losing several influential players during the Summer including leading striker Neal Maupay, the omens did not look good for Brentford when they just couldn’t find the net during an opening day Championship defeat by Birmingham. However, the Bees survived a difficult first half at Middlesbrough on Saturday to claim a 1-0 victory thanks to a much-improved second-period display, and they now host League Two outfit Cambridge in this EFL Cup tie. The U’s have featured in two 0-0 stalemates in league action to date, but they have won just one league game since mid-March and are facing defeat in this tie.
Having clinched promotion to the Championship via the League One playoffs last season, Charlton were installed as one of the favourites to be relegated. Yet impressive victories in their two opening games with five goals scored have confirmed the Addicks as a decent team. An EFL Cup tie with Forest Green Rovers at the Valley now awaits with the visitors denied three points on Saturday when Walsall scored a late equaliser. Rovers had narrowly beaten Oldham on the opening day but this tie is a much tougher assignment with a home win predicted.
Paul Hurst enjoyed a decent reputation as a manager following reasonably successful spells at Grimsby and Shrewsbury before being sacked at Ipswich. He has now been hired at Scunthorpe where six goals have been conceded in two opening League Two defeats and the Iron face the prospect of hosting Derby in this EFL Cup tie. The Rams have collected four Championship points to date but could have earned victory against Swansea on Saturday but for missing a first-half penalty during a 0-0 stalemate. Derby should gain some consolation by winning this contest.
After beating Hull 2-1 on the opening day of the Championship season, Swansea then earned a creditable 0-0 draw at Derby helped by a good performance from on-loan keeper Freddie Woodman. Northampton will now hope to inflict a first defeat of the season upon the Swans in this EFL Cup tie, but the Cobblers have earned just one point this term and have netted just once when scoring at Port Vale on Saturday during a 1-1 draw. Only Manchester City have beaten the Swans in a competitive match at the Liberty Stadium this year, and a home win is likely on this occasion.
Following two successful promotions via the playoffs, Tranmere have not enjoyed the best of starts to life in League One with two opening defeats and five goals conceded, and with leading striker James Norwood departing the club. Manager Micky Mellon claimed there were positives to take from their 2-0 weekend defeat at Hull but Rovers face another tough assignment when hosting this EFL Cup tie against Championship team Hull. The Tigers responded to a 2-1 opening day loss at Swansea by returning to winning ways at the KCOM Stadium when beating Reading 2-1 on Saturday. Hull may prove to be too strong for the hosts with an away victory predicted.