Backing another cup run for Steve Evans’ Crawley
After a winning tip of more than 2.5 goals in last night’s clash between Manchester United and the Tottenham long-range shooting squad, it’s down to the slightly less glamorous setting of the Carling Cup.
August 23rd, 2011
It’s the first round of the League Cup that gets underway tonight and this is the stage in which the runts of the Premier League litter join the party. The teams currently enjoying Champions League football will have to wait until round three.
This being the Carling Cup, we’re struggling to get overly excited about it although, in our hunt for an upset, we do like the look of Crawley’s trip to Crystal Palace.
Newly promoted Town have very much justified their tag as pre-season favourites for back-to-back promotions, picking up three wins and a draw in their opening four games. In fact, you have to go back to February when Crawley last tasted defeat – and that was a 1-0 reverse at Old Trafford.
Palace, to their credit, have also started the season well. The Eagles have three wins from four matches and it was their home form that kept them in the league last season – no team in the bottom half of the table won more or lost fewer than Palace on their respective home patch.
But with this being the cup, we suspect that Palace may be saving themselves for greater challenges, especially with key midfielder Owen Garvan a doubt.
To that end, we really like the 13/8 available on Crawley with the draw no bet and we can also see an upset at the AMEX Stadium, where Sunderland make the long trip to Brighton.
The Seagulls have acquitted themselves well to live in the Championship, recording three wins from their four matches. Those victories have including impressive away successes at Cardiff and Portsmouth and, had it not been for Kevin Phillip’s injury time equaliser, Gus Poyet’s men could have been sitting at the top of the Championship with a 100% record.
Sunderland, on the other hand, have a slightly less impressive record. A defeat to Newcastle on Saturday did not appease the locals and although an opening day draw at Anfield looks good on the face of it, Sunderland were the beneficiaries of a referee who had forgotten his red card and a missed penalty.
Phil Bardsley is suspended for the visitors and with, John O’Shea, Craig Gordon and Fraizer Campbell missing, we like the 15/8 being offered for the home side. Even on the draw no bet, Brighton are available at 11/10.