Roy Hodgson’s ill-fated reign at Liverpool last season included many lowlights and perhaps the most humiliating of these was the Carling Cup exit at the hands of Northampton, when a youthful Reds team were beaten at home by the Cobblers.
Town will once again be looking for a Premier League scalp on Tuesday night when Wolves make the short journey to the Sixfields Stadium and Gary Johnson’s team can be backed at 4/5 (bet365 – £200 free bets) to claim victory against a Wanderers team that have started their Premier League campaign with two wins.
It has not been a great start to the season for the League Two side, although they did win 2-1 at Ipswich in the previous round and they are at least scoring plenty of goals, as Saturday’s 3-2 reverse against Cheltenham will testify.
Adebayo Akinfenwa has scored in successive matches and he can be backed at 8/1 (Ladbrokes) to score the opening goal of the game, with Mick McCarthy likely to rotate his squad as Wolves bid for a third Premier League win at the weekend which will make it a dream start.
Even so, the visitors should really be able to make their class tell and odds of 4/5 about an away win could turn out to be one of the value bets of the evening, with the draw priced at 11/4. If you fancy Wanderers to have their noses in front by half-time and the final whistle, this outcome can be backed at 15/8 with Ladbrokes.