Betting round-up: Upsets lurk in League Cup

Potential banana skins beckon for several English Premier League teams, as the League Cup - now known as the Capital One Cup - begins its second round

Aston Villa's troubled start to life under new manager Paul Lambert could be about to get a whole lot worse, with the English Premier League giants most at risk of suffering an upset loss to lower league opposition as the big guns enter the English League Cup competition on Tuesday.

Thirteen of the 20 EPL clubs will join the competition - now known as the Capital One Cup - at this stage of the competition, with the top seven clubs that qualified for Europe not joining the competition until the third round.

But with 23 of the 25 second-round matches being played on Tuesday, there is plenty of potential for upsets and Villa, Fulham, Reading, Wigan, Southampton and West Bromwich are all facing tough ties against lower division opposition.

And if there is an upset to occur, punters believe it will come at Villa Park, where the hosts are hot favourites against League One Tranmere.

But Rovers have come in for significant support at online bookmakers Luxbet.

With Villa having lost both games so far in the new EPL season under former Norwich manager Lambert, confidence is not exactly sky high at Villa Park and Tranmere - forever in the shadow of much bigger local rivals Liverpool and Everton - have made a great start to the season and currently sit second in League One.

Luxbet's Andy Scott told that Tranmere have been the best backed of the underdogs on Tuesday at $6.50, with Villa hot favourites at $1.43 and the draw at 90 minutes at $4.30.

And while it is still a big ask for Tranmere to win at Aston Villa - winners of the competition in 1994 and 1996 - the underdogs look great value in Luxbet's draw/no bet market at $4.75, in which punters get their money back if the game ends in a draw.

Back Norwich, Swansea, Everton, Sunderland, West Ham, QPR and Stoke to win
Tranmere to win v Aston Villa at $4.75 at Luxbet's draw/no bet market

West Brom might have made a great start to the season under their new manager in Steve Clarke, but the Baggies also face a tricky match away to League One leaders Yeovil.

But unlike Villa, West Brom will go in with plenty of confidence, having already beaten Liverpool and drawn away at Tottenham in the EPL this season.

The Baggies are $1.79 at Luxbet to win this match, with the draw at $3.50 and Yeovil in with a great chance of causing an upset at $4.15.

Scott said the other lower-league team to come in for support at odds has surprisingly been Championship strugglers Peterborough away to newly promoted EPL side Reading.

However, with three defeats from three games so far in the league, it is hard to recommend Peterborough at odds of $6.75 at Luxbet.

The Royals, who should be fresh after their league fixture against Sunderland on Saturday was rained off, are favourites at $1.43.

But another EPL team that faces a real fight to reach the third round is Martin Jol's Fulham, who have to face early season Championship pacesetters Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

Fulham are favourites but only just at $2.25, with Wednesday making great appeal at home at $3.05 at Luxbet.

Southampton are also favourites at $2.12 for their away trip to fourth-placed League One side Stevenage, but look a risky betting proposition against the home side at $3.20.

Wigan, meanwhile, are the only EPL side that will start underdogs on Tuesday, in their trip to cashed-up Championship side Nottingham Forest.

Forest, who have won one and drawn two in their three league matches so far, are favourites at $2.35 at Luxbet, with Wigan well-backed to win away at $2.85 after their good away win over Southampton in the EPL on Saturday.

But in a match that will be shown live in Australia on Setanta at 4.45am Wednesday, the draw at 90 minutes could be the way to go here at $3.25.

The other EPL sides in action on Tuesday should have few problems, with Norwich, Swansea, Everton, Sunderland, West Ham, QPR and Stoke all odds-on favourites and likely winners at home to modest lower-league opposition, with Sunderland the best backed of those sides at Luxbet at $1.19 to beat Morecambe at $13.50.

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