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EFL Cup: Second round preview

Attentions turn to the second round of the EFL Cup this week as a whole host of Premier League teams join the competition at this stage.

Some teams have made underwhelming starts to their league campaigns and could find themselves crashing out of the EFL Cup early this week.

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Bolton look to add to Villa's woes

What:Bolton vs Aston Villa

University of Bolton Stadium, Bolton


19:45, Tuesday 23rd August 2022

How to watch:

Sky Sports Main Event


Bolton 5/1, Draw 17/4, Aston Villa 4/9

It has not been the start to the season Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard would have hoped for as they prepare to travel to Bolton on Tuesday night.

The Villans suffered a shock 2-0 defeat to Bournemouth on the opening weekend of the Premier League season before edging a 2-1 win over fellow strugglers Everton.

Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace showed the frailties currently in this Villa side and they now face a trip north to the University of Bolton Stadium.

Bolton were unbeaten in League One until the weekend when they suffered a 2-0 defeat against fellow promotion contenders Sheffield Wednesday.

With just three defeats in their last 23 home games in all competitions, Bolton has not been an easy place to go to and Villa won’t be able to consider progress to the third round a formality.

Cherries can boost confidence after tough spell

What:Norwich vs Bournemouth
Where:Carrow Road, Norwich

19:45, Tuesday 23rd August 2022

How to watch:N/A

Norwich 8/5, Draw 12/5, Bournemouth 17/10

After a 4-0 defeat to Manchester City and a 3-0 loss to Arsenal, Bournemouth might well be happy for an EFL Cup distraction against Championship side Norwich.

The Cherries made an impressive start to the season with that opening-game win over Villa but were brought back down to earth with defeats to Man City and the Gunners.

Bournemouth might well be looking for a bit of revenge when they head to Carrow Road on Tuesday night.

The south coast outfit suffered a 6-0 defeat to the Canaries when these sides were drawn together in the EFL Cup last season.

Norwich made a stuttering start to their campaign back in the Championship but successive wins over Huddersfield and Millwall have seen the Canaries climb to eighth.

It should be a tight encounter at Carrow Road but Bournemouth look well-priced at 17/10 to come away with the win.

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Leeds hope to build on Chelsea win

What:Leeds vs Barnsley
Where:Elland Road, Leeds

19:45, Wednesday 24th August 2022

How to watch:N/A

Leeds 2/9, Draw 11/2, Barnsley 12/1

Leeds United made big changes over the summer but manager Jesse Marsch has overseen a positive start to the season for the Whites.

The departures of Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha to Man City and Barcelona respectively had many questioning how Leeds would fare this season.

While it’s still early days, a win over Wolves and a draw at Southampton was followed by Sunday's 3-0 triumph over Chelsea at Elland Road.

Marsch’s hard-working side, which saw plenty of new arrivals over the summer, next welcome Barnsley to the West Riding of Yorkshire on Wednesday night.

The Tykes find themselves down in 16th place in the League One table following a 3-0 defeat to Wycombe Wanderers in their last outing.

Leeds youngster Joe Gelhardt could be handed a starting role on Wednesday night and he’s 7/4 to score anytime against a Barnsley side that have been inconsistent at the start of the season.

Magpies have depth to overcome Tranmere test

What:Tranmere vs Newcastle

Prenton Park, Birkenhead


19:45, Wednesday 24th August 2022

How to watch:

Sky Sports Main Event


Tranmere 14/1, Draw 5/1, Newcastle 2/9 

A thrilling 3-3 draw against Manchester City on Sunday once again showed how far Newcastle United have come over the last 12 months.

A side that looked like they would struggle to avoid the drop last season, Eddie Howe’s arrival at the club and a strong recruitment drive has seen the Magpies transformed.

The Toon face a Tranmere side who are again a team struggling for consistency with a win, draw and loss from their last three outings in League Two.

Expect Newcastle, even if Howe does decide to make a string of changes, to cruise though this one at Prenton Park, with 7/4 on offer for over three goals in the game.

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