AFTER Chelsea and Wolves wrapped up the first weekend of the Premier League with wins it's time for the dreaded Carabao Cup.
I fancied two away wins on Monday but my Super Single was Timo Werner to score – and I was about to raise a glass when the German won a penalty.
However, joy tuned to pain when I realised he wasn't taken it with Jorginho maintaining duties he took over last season.
Werner didn't score but looks the part and should get his share of strikes as the season goes on.
Well done to all the winners including maccathered whose Premier League double included under 2.5 goals at Sheffield Utd vs Wolves. After two in the opening six minutes it's one he must have written off.
It's all about team news in the Carabao Cup and even better if you don't bet until you see line-ups.
Games include Newcastle vs Blackburn, West Ham vs Charlton, Burton vs Aston Villa and Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace.
Elsewhere there are three Champions League ties and Montpellier vs Lyon in French Ligue 1.
The EFL has to be treated with care but I'm backing Newcastle at home to Blackburn and Aston Villa at Burton.
Newcastle started well with victory at West Ham and while boss Steve Bruce will make “wholesale” changes he should have enough quality against a Championship side that won't be at full strength either. Ryan Fraser could make his Toon debut and will be keen to impress.
Villa went all the way to the Final last season and that tells you something about their cup ambitions. New big-money signing Ollie Watkins could make his debut and the former Brentford striker will be looking to hit thee ground running.
Make it a treble with Benfica at PAOK in the Champions League qualifiers. It's a massive game for the Portuguese and in four previous meetings with the Greeks they've won three and drawn one. The last meeting was a 4-1 win for Benfica and they should have enough class to get through this one.
- Benfica (7pm)
- Newcastle (7.30pm)
- Aston Villa (7.45pm)
- (31-10, BetVictor)