By News Team
15th September 2020
The new season continues with the Carabao Cup this week as we reach the second round of the competition and the introduction of some of the Premier League clubs.
Ahead of the action, we take a look at two of the stand-out games to watch out for.
Bournemouth to upset the odds against Palace?
Crystal Palace travel to the south coast to face their old Premier League counterparts in Bournemouth on Tuesday, but this time around it is for a place in the third round of the Carabao Cup.
Palace will be hoping to do much better in the competition this season after they were knocked out by Colchester United at this stage last year. The Eagles – 27/20 to win at Bournemouth – got their Premier League season under way with an impressive victory against Southampton on Saturday and Roy Hodgson’s side will be looking to make it two wins from two this week.
Wilfried Zaha’s season is off to a flying start after the forward scored the only goal on Saturday and he will be looking to add to his tally on Tuesday evening. The former Manchester United man is priced at 13/5 to score anytime against Bournemouth.
It has been a tough couple of months at Bournemouth but they have the potential to cause an upset here. The Cherries go into this fixture as the underdogs at 19/10 for the win, but coming off the back of an opening-day victory in the Championship against Blackburn on Saturday they will be hoping to upset the odds and cruise into the third round.
Saints looking to get back to winning ways
Like Palace, Brentford will also be making the journey from London to the south coast this week when they face Southampton at St Mary’s on Wednesday.
Southampton, who are coming off the back of that opening day defeat at the hands of Palace, will be looking to bounce back against Brentford but it will not be a simple task. The Saints have a respectable record in this competition after reaching a final and the fourth round twice since the start of the 2016/17 season and they are the 8/11 favourites to defeat the Bees.
Brentford have had a topsy-turvy start to the 2020/21 season, scraping past Wycombe on penalties in the first round of the Carabao Cup and then suffering a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Birmingham in the Championship on Saturday. The Bees have struggled in this competition in recent seasons, only making it past the second round twice in the last five years, but they will be hoping they can make it into the third round this time.