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The Blues enjoy a special relationship with the Capital One Cup, and Al Hain-Cole expects them to maintain their high standards with a victory against lower league opposition

Having kicked off their Championship season with a 1-0 defeat away to Watford, Birmingham will be hoping to record a morale-boosting victory when they welcome Plymouth Argyle to St Andrew’s for a Capital One Cup clash tonight.

The Blues won this competition just three seasons ago, and are favourites at 4/7 (1.57) with Coral to keep their trophy dreams alive by coming out on top against their lower league opponents.

The visitors have only made it past the first round three times in the past nine years, but are available at 5/1 (6.00) to bounce back from their League Two defeat at Southend by pulling off a shock win this evening.

The Pilgrims claimed a 1-1 draw the last time they visited this ground in a competitive fixture, and you can get odds of 11/4 (3.75) on them taking this game into extra-time with another stalemate.

While Lee Clark has hinted he may make a few changes from the side that tasted defeat at Vicarage Road, his club’s affection for this competition should guarantee that he takes this game very seriously.

The hosts have only failed to reach the second round once in the last nine years, and are undefeated in their previous seven ties on home soil, so will be full of confidence of overcoming a side that has rarely made much of an impact on the tournament.

With 12 defeats out of their last 18 matches on the road, John Sheridan’s men seem unlikely to trouble a team currently playing two leagues above them, and those 4/7 (1.57) are not to be missed on the hosts coming out on top in this one.

In fact, Plymouth have failed to even hit the back of the net in five of their last seven games, so it is also worth backing Birmingham to emerge victorious with a clean sheet under their belts for good measure, at respectable 33/20 (2.65) odds.

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Birmingham to win at 4/7 (1.57) for a 2pt stake with Coral
Birmingham to win to nil for a 1pt stake at 33/20 (2.65) with Coral

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Al Hain-Cole is an experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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