Despite enjoying home advantage on Saturday, Sunderland couldn’t break down neighbours Newcastle, who grabbed the only goal of a competitive Tyne-Wear derby. The result is a real setback for Steve Bruce’s men, who had earned an excellent point at Anfield a week previously and the Black Cats subsequently head to Brighton in the Carling Cup with morale slightly dented, although they remain Coral’s 8/5 favourites.
The Seagulls hundred percent record fell at the weekend as Blackpool came back from 2-0 down to earn a point at the AMEX Stadium but Gus Poyet’s men will nevertheless be more than happy with their start to the campaign. They will be full of confidence ahead of Sunderland’s visit then and with Bruce set to make a few changes, the hosts look too big at 2/1 with Betfred.
Bury caused an upset the previous round, accounting for Coventry at Gigg Lane and the Shakers look set to shock Championship opposition once more as they entertain Leicester. The Foxes have endured a terrible week or so, losing twice at home and then letting slip a two-goal lead to draw at Nottingham Forest on Saturday, so they don’t appeal at 20/21 ().
By contrast, the home side have racked up back-to-back wins against Sheffield Wednesday and Wycombe while that win against Coventry a fortnight ago suggests they won’t be phased by tackling a team from the second tier. They’re huge then at 3/1 via Skybet or alternatively Coral quote them at 21/10 ‘Draw No Bet’. For the ambitious meanwhile, victories for Brighton and Bury double up at a mouth watering 11/1 with Totesport.
Elsewhere, Leeds tempt at 6/4 with bet365 to follow up their last-gasp draw at West Ham by beating hapless Doncaster at the Keepmoat Stadium and Premiership West Brom should get the better of Bournemouth, a result available with Blue Square at evens.
Bury to beat Leicester ‘Draw No Bet’ – 21/10 (Coral)
Brighton to beat Sunderland – 2/1 (Betfred)
Brighton and Bury double – 11/1 (Totesport)
Leeds and West Brom double – 15/4 (bet365)