Competition: League Cup
Market: Blackburn win
Odds: 1/2 @ 888sport
Looking to extend on their League Cup adventure on Wednesday night, Blackburn will host League Two outfit Hartlepool.
Starting with the hosts, while Blackburn might have only just missed out on a play-off spot last season, Jon Dahl Tomasson’s men have opened the 2022/23 campaign with a real flurry. Enjoying what has been quite the summer purple patch, the Rovers were last seen over the weekend laying down another marker. Along with opening the new season with a 1-0 win against QPR at Ewood Park, Wednesday’s hosts also landed a thumping 3-0 romp away at Swansea a few days ago. With it looking like their is a real buzz in their camp, Blackburn should be smelling a golden chance to keep up that momentum here. Unbeaten in each of their final five friendly contests over the summer, it should also be highlighted that Tomasson’s men landed a 1-0 victory against Hartlepool on that pre-season run.
As for the visitors, although Hartlepool might have managed to hang onto their League Two status last season, it appears that Pools could be in for a tough test this time around. Opening up the 2022/23 campaign with a dreadful 4-0 drumming away at Walsall, Paul Hartley’s side have failed to find much stability this summer. Despite being last seen over the weekend picking up a 0-0 stalemate against AFC Wimbledon on home soil, the Durham-based outfit will know that they face a real challenge on Wednesday night. Still yet to bag a fourth-tier strike since opening up the new season, Hartlepool also suffered that 1-0 loss when they welcomed Blackburn to the Suit Direct Stadium for a friendly contest on July 20th. Given the recent gulf in class between the two sides, we’re backing a fairly routine home victory here.
Bet: Blackburn 1/2 to beat Hartlepool in Wednesday’s League Cup showdown @ 888sport
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