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Watford postponed but Cardiff can take out Oxford in Carling Cup

| 10.08.2011

Last night’s round of Carling Cup matches saw some interesting results with a number of the fancied teams from the Championship losing out against lower league opposition.

The two fixtures tonight see two of the Championship’s finest facing League Two sides in tricky away fixtures which offer up plenty of value to the punter.

Oxford United v Cardiff

Cardiff kicked off the season with a great result when winning 1-0 away at West Ham and they’ll be looking to bring that form into tonight’s meeting at the Kassam Stadium.

The likes of Kenny Miller and Robert Earnshaw miss out due to their international commitments but having negotiated this stage of the competition in eight of the last nine seasons, the Bluebirds will be confident of progressing tonight.

Despite having lost their last three away matches in the competition we fancy Cardiff to triumph at 1/1.

The U’s began their League Two campaign with a loss away at Rotherham and having failed to score in three of their last four Carling Cup games, they look unlikely to cause an upset at 5/2.

Bristol Rovers v WatfordPostponed

Bristol Rovers come into this match buoyed by their 3-2 win away at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

However the Pirates have gone out at this stage of the competition in four of the last six seasons and having won only one of their last 14 home League Cup ties they rightly start the match as underdogs at 15/8.

Watford started the season on their travels and secured a 2-2 draw away at Burnley but The Hornets have not suffered defeat to Rovers in 20 years and the last time they lost out to a team from the fourth tier was bac in 1998.

They look a great bet to go through at 5/4, having gone past this stage in each of the last 12 seasons.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.