Scunthorpe have played many Premier League sides in cup competitions over the past decade and it is the turn of Newcastle United to arrive at Glanford Park on Thursday hoping to avoid an upset.
The visitors will be missing Joey Barton and it could well be the case that the troubled midfielder has signed for QPR by the time this match kicks off, something which is likely to see anti-Mike Ashley protests from the supporters who make the trip south.
Even so, the Magpies are warm favourites at 8/11 (Ladbrokes – £50 free bets) to claim victory in this match after a bright start to their Premier League campaign which as seen Alan Pardew’s men draw 0-0 with Arsenal before winning 1-0 at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.
Ryan Taylor was the goalscorer in the Tyne-Wear derby, proving how deadly he can be from set pieces, and the scouser is 16/1 (bet365 – £200 free betting) to open the scoring in this match against a Scunthorpe team still looking for their first league win of the campaign.
The 2-0 win at Accrington in the previous round of the Carling Cup was the only time that Alan Knill’s side have tasted victory this term although Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Charlton hints at better times to come and they can be backed at 4/1 to claim a surprise victory in this match.