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Capital One Cup acca: Premier League sides should be wary of Championship upsets

20 Sep | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Capital One Cup acca: Premier League sides should be wary of Championship upsets

Leicester host West Ham in the pick of the top-flight ties, while there is potential for shock victories in several other third-round meetings

10/11 – Leicester to beat West Ham

Two of the Premier League’s form sides meet in this exciting third-round tie.

While this will be West Ham’s first game of the competition due to their Europa League involvement, Leicester overcame Bury 4-1 in the previous round.

Claudio Ranieri’s men have come from two goals down to earn points in their last two games and been spearheaded by top scorer Riyad Mahrez, who has started the season in scintillating form.

The Hammers have been similarly impressive, taking maxiumum points from visits to Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City.

There is little to decide them, but the Foxes have already beaten the Hammers this term and home advantage might be the difference.

1/2 – Manchester City to beat Sunderland

The Citizens’ stellar start to the season has been tempered in the last week after losses to both Juventus and West Ham.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are still top of the Premier League table, though, while Sunderland are bottom and without a win after six games.

The Black Cats have conceded more than two goals per game on average and should be no match for a City side that has conceded just twice in six fixtures.

Expect the visitors to win comfortably.

13/5 – Birmingham to beat Aston Villa

Birmingham travel to Villa Park for what will be the first second city derby since 2011.

The hosts have the advantage in the head-to-head record – winning 51 times to the visitors’ 37 – and also in terms of personnel.

However, Tim Sherwood’s side have not made the best of starts this season – losing four of their opening six games – while the Gary Rowett’s have taken 12 points from their first seven games in the Championship.

This superior form – and the unpredictability of a derby – could result in a triumphant night for Bimingham and the club’s supporters.

11/10 – Everton to beat Reading

Everton defeated Barnsley 5-3 in an epic 120-minute encounter in the previous round but have performed more reliably in the Premier League, losing just once in six games.

Reading, meanwhile, scored a late winner against Portmouth to progress to this stage and have been assured in the Championship, currently occupying sixth place.

The Toffees’ match fitness will have improved since their narrow win over the Tykes.

Their stronger squad should have enough to be decisive and they should win the tie.

2/1 – Hull City to beat Swansea

Hull have adapted well to life outside of the Premier League and are currently third in the Championship.

Swansea have enjoued a fine start to the season, with their 2-1 victory over Manchester United the undoubted highlight.

However, both sides are more comfortable when playing at their own ground, having both picked up over 70 per cent of their points on home soil, and that could be significant, especially if Garry Monk chooses to rest some key players.

The hosts are great value to cause an upset.

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