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League Cup upsets loom

Mon 14 Sep by Mark Gleeson

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Soccer fans this week will focus on the League Cup in England with second-round matches tonight, tomorrow and Thursday as 13 clubs from the English Premier League (EPL) and two teams relegated last season enter the tournament for the first time.The draw, however, has thrown up just one all-EPL tie in which Burnley host Sheffield United on Thursday.There are several games in which the potential of upsets offer TAB soccer customers the chance to win some good cash.Fulham, for example, looked shell-shocked and bewildered on Saturday when they were handed a 3-0 home defeat by Arsenal on their return to the Premier League. They will have to pick themselves up for tomorrow’s trip to Ipswich Town, who are now down in League One.Aston Villa, who barely managed to stay in the top-flight last season, are away at Burton Albion in another game which offers the potential of a shock.There could also be success for Bournemouth at home to Crystal Palace. The reward for the winner is a trip to Manchester CityAnd in the rest of the games the temptation many top-flight managers have to rest regulars and instead use youngsters is another factor which makes this competition unpredictable, particularly in the early stages.Winners over the next three days go through to the third round later this month. There, the top seven finishers in last season’s Premier League, will make a belated entry into the competition.Champions Liverpool have been drawn against the winner of the clash between Bradford City or Lincoln City, while Chelsea have a home tie against either Middlesbrough or Barnsley.Manchester United will take on take on Reading or Luton Town away, which could be a memorable night for South African Quinton Fortune, now coaching at Reading but who spent much of his career at Old Trafford.