The EFL Cup action resumes on Tuesday with two matches to dig into and the pick of the pair looks likely to come at the Vitality Stadium where Bournemouth host Norwich.
Bournemouth to win and both to score @ 37/20
Eddie Howe’s Cherries continue to sail along nicely, beating Fulham 3-0 at the weekend to stay sixth in the Premier League and a Europa League place could well beckon come May.
This competition could also supply a maiden European foray but Howe is unlikely to field a first choice XI, with some of his fringe players expected to get the nod.
Defoe to score @ 11/10
Jermain Defoe is one of those who could come in and he will be desperate to get off the mark for the season, having so far failed to score in his five outings.
However, the veteran could have his work cut out against a decent Norwich outfit who head to Dorset on the back of winning eight of their last 10 in all competitions, including Saturday’s 1-0 win over Brentford.
Over 3.5 goals @ 17/10
That was a rare clean sheet and with talent at both ends, goals could be on the agenda and over 3.5 goals looks a real shout.
Forest to win @ 6/5
Tuesday’s other match sees Nottingham Forest make the 40 minute trip to Burton where Nigel Clough will be hoping to get one over on one of the clubs he played for.
His famous father Brian, of course, managed the Tricky Trees and Clough was part of the sides that won this competition in both 1989 and 1990.
The Brewers lost 2-1 at home to Peterborough United over the weekend and are struggling for form following last season’s relegation to League One.
Murphy to score @ 7/4
Forest are seventh in the Championship after their weekend draw at Leeds and Aitor Karanka is sure to rotate in a bid to get the best out of his sizeable squad.
Daryl Murphy has had to bide his time behind Lewis Grabban, with his last outing coming before the international break.
Two of his four goals this season have come in the EFL Cup and he looks a solid man to back in the scorer markets.
Half-time draw/Full-time Forest @ 4/1
Karanka will set his side up to contain and that could lead to a cagey first half, with creativity lacking somewhat in his Forest reserves.
They should though have enough to get the job done and backing them to come good in the second half provides plenty of value.