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EFL Cup 2018/19: First Round Tips

- 06:08, 12th August 2018
Sheffield Wednesday boss Jos Luhukay will be hoping to pick up his side's first win of the season against Sunderland on Thursday.


The EFL Cup kicks off this week with clubs from the Championship, League One and League Two all in action.

After a fortnight of league games, they are all starting to find their feet and there is sure to be plenty of drama.

QPR v Peterborough

(Tues, 19:45)

Peterborough to win @ 3/1 – BET NOW

Queens Park Rangers have had a tumultuous summer, with new boss Steve McClaren having his hands tied significantly due to the club’s past misdemeanours in regards to Financial Fair Play.

Of all the teams in the EFL Cup betting, they look like real candidates to be the victims of an upset, especially with their poor form in the Championship.

Two defeats from as many games has left them treading water in 23rd in the table, with only Reading below them.

In contrast, Peterborough have won their two opening games and seem like early candidates for the League One promotion race.

Steve Evans may choose to rotate but he is a man who enjoys the spotlight and will be eyeing an upset.

Their price stands out in the market and they could cause the upset of the night.

Exeter v Ipswich

(Tues, 19:45)

Exeter to win @ 13/5 – BET NOW

Another team to have hit the ground running is Exeter who have won two from two in League Two and are again likely to be there or thereabouts in the promotion race.

The departure of Paul Tisdale led to question marks surrounding their approach throughout the summer but his replacement Matt Taylor seems to be carrying on in the same vein.

A spy at the EFL Cup odds shows they are a good bet at home to defeat an Ipswich side whose early signs deem that they are set for a scrap at the bottom of the Championship under new boss Paul Hurst.

Defeat at Rotherham on Saturday came on the back of a poor opening showing at home to Blackburn and Hurst may choose to rotate in Devon with one eye on the weekend against Aston Villa.

Exeter are a club with a history of cup upsets and look too good to ignore on Tuesday.

Sunderland v Sheffield Wednesday

(Thurs, 19:45)

Sunderland to win @ 6/4 – BET NOW

In the last of our EFL Cup tips, Sunderland appear the side to beat in Thursday’s solitary game against Sheffield Wednesday.

The Black Cats have made an encouraging start to their first third-tier campaign for 30 years, beating Charlton and drawing at Luton, with new boss Jack Ross showing some good early signs.

Wednesday have taken one point from their two outings and look like they could be in trouble after a relatively quiet summer.

Jos Luhukay is unlikely to prioritise this competition over Championship survival and looks set to pick a weaker side on Wearside.

Look out for another lower division club to get a result on Thursday and it is one of those where it may not even be that big of an upset and could go a long way to rebuilding confidence at the Stadium of Light.

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