Are we in for Cupsets galore?
The 2nd round draw for the Carabao Cup has taken place with last season’s Premier League side entering the draw alongside Hull and Middlesbrough, who had passes to this stage.
They have been joined by the winners of the first round which include; Accrington Stanley, Brentford and Doncaster Rovers.
As the dust settles, which ties should we watch out for cupsets when the second round is held across 23rd/24th August 2017?
- 11/8/2017 – The Watford vs Bristol City match was incorrectly drawn the other way around so amended to reflect that correction.
Watford vs Bristol City
Watford definitely face a tricky second round home game against a strong Bristol City side.
Watford are yet to play their first league game but with Andre Gray amongst the new signings, they might get away with a win here. As a result, not much can’t be said of them yet.
City have been in strong form so far with eight goals in just two competitive matches this season. If that isn’t an indicator of how dangerous they will be, the Hornets might just get a nasty sting.
I am expecting a scrappy game here because both teams look particularly strong and evenly matched, despite being a division apart. Bristol City however might just have the edge if can keep their form going.
Southampton vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
This match could easily see a cupset because both teams have had a contrasting summer.
Southampton have barely made any signings and appointed a new manager rather late for the typical recruitment time of new bosses during the summer break.
Wolves in contrast made their managerial change early on in off season and have made plenty of big signings. Given the wide quality now available including Helder Costa, you have to give the visitors a real chance here.
Either way, this match could be key in terms of working out where both clubs need to improve in the final week of this transfer window.
Carlisle United vs Sunderland
This local derby is surely something to watch out for.
Carlisle might not have the strongest squad but are capable of pushing opposition all the way. With the likes of Jason Kennedy and Shaun Miller capable of producing goals, Sunderland have to be on their guard here.
In recent seasons, the Cumbrians have loved sudden death penalty shootouts, making this a real test for a thin Mackems squad.
The Black Cats however are already growing under Simon Grayson so expect them to dig deep and counter attack.
All in all, this is a potential banana skin that might go right down to the wire.
Blackburn Rovers vs Burnley
This Lancashire derby will certainly be atmospheric given the history between both sets of fans.
Blackburn might be in League One but with Danny Graham, Charlie Mulgrew and Bradley Dack amongst their ranks, you can’t rule them out.
Burnley are however a much stronger team than the last time these sides met although there is just one major concern.
If take their atrocious away form from last season to Ewood Park in a local derby match, there will definitely be problems not just in stands but on pitch with a huge cupset potentially heading their way.
Last season saw the Clarets dumped out by Accrington Stanley so they definitely won’t want to repeat that to a side lower than the Championship level.
I am personally expecting a feisty game here with so much at stake, let alone Lancashire pride making this a huge match from the draw.