RESULTS at this stage of the season are unpredictable – results in the Carling Cup and Challenge Cup are always unpredictable.

So punters are faced with a quandary on Tuesday night – do they stand by sides who should win or risk a small wager on outfits who might produce a shock?

Picking winners is made tougher by the fact many of the bigger guns have lost players to international duty.

For example Brighton striker Craig Mackail-Smith is away with Scotland who have also called up the likes of Cardiff trio Kenny Miller, Don Cowie and Kevin McNaughton and Leeds’ Robert Snodgrass.

Cardiff, who travel to Oxford on Wednesday, have also lost Robert Earnshaw to Wales. West Ham and Reading were bemoaning the call-ups of Scott Parker and Shane Long before their matches fell victim to the London riots.

Supersub Will Buckley, not Mackail-Smith, was Brighton’s hero with a double against Doncaster on Saturday and he’s likely to start.

Gus Poyet will be hoping to build his side’s confidence for a tilt at the Championship play-offs and I can see Brighton beating a Gillingham side who could struggle to score goals this season. Brighton are a best 8-15 with bet365 and William Hill.

Burnley are another outfit hoping for a good campaign and after being held at home to Watford on Saturday will be hoping to put on a good show against League Two Burton. Take Eddie However Eddie Howe’s men at 2-5 with bodog.

The televised game sees Leeds take on Bradford in a Yorkshire derby. Leeds were well beaten by Southampton on Saturday and the result could act as a wake-up call to a side so disappointed to miss out on the play-offs last season.

Bradford just can’t get out of League Two and Saturday’s defeat at home to Aldershot suggests they’ll be there for some time to come.

Despite the absence of internationals such as Snodgrass, Darren O’Dea and Max Gradel, Leeds should be too good for their neighbours. They are a biggest 8-15 with Ladbrokes.

Leicester got the start they wanted and Sven Goran Eriksson’s big squad should see them through at Rotherham. The League Two hosts are likely to put up a decent fight but Leicester’s class can tell. They are 4-6 with Ladbrokes.

Finally, it’s up to Scotland and I’m hoping Morton can give the odds a big push up. The Greenock men have started with three away games and remain unbeaten.

A draw at Ross County on Saturday was a decent draw result and they make the shorter journey to Second Division Forfar hoping the firepower of players such as Andy Jackson and Paul di Giacomo – who both hit four in the previous round at Stranraer – sees them through. Morton are 5-4 at Ladbrokes and bodog.

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1 Comment
  1. Mark Kelly 7 years ago

    Good tips as always from mr fix it, my choices for tonight are

    Brighton,Derby,Ipswich,Millwall,Pourtsmouth,Leicester,Southampton,Peterborough,Middlesborough,Raith,Morton,Dumbarton and Livingston.
    Just a straight Thirteenfold what does everyone think????

    Mark from Greenock.

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