Two Premier League outfits meet in the second round of the Carabao Cup as Nottingham Forest host Burnley at the City Ground on Wednesday 30 August.
Home side Nottingham Forest will be without Joe Worrall after he was sent off against Manchester United at Old Trafford, while Felipe and Ola Aina are nearing returns.
Burnley are still without the suspended Anass Zaroury, while Jordan Beyer is expected to return following the international break.
Both teams to score – Yes
Both Forest and Burnley have plenty of attacking quality which makes this selection a sensible one. Given what we have seen so far this season, both sides are less than convincing at the back but have goalscoring quality moving forward.
For Steve Cooper, each of his three Premier League matches so far this season have ended with both teams scoring, with the Manchester United game the perfect showing of where his side currently are. Devastating on the counter, they raced into a two goal lead before the home side came back to win 3-2. After a 2-1 defeat to Arsenal and a 2-1 win over Sheffield United proves that Forest’s matches are unlikely to be dull this term.
Meanwhile, Burnley lost 3-1 at home to Aston Villa last time out as they are given a harsh dose of Premier League football. However, they were well in the game and managed to score, which is all we need for this bet to come in. Having faced Manchester City and Villa so far, this acid test against a bottom half rival in Nottingham Forest will be seen as important by manager Vincent Kompany.
Nottingham Forest to win and BTTS
Burnley are still getting to grips with top-flight football and although they can get on the scoresheet, Forest can take advantage of a somewhat shaky defence. When you consider both sides are likely to make a whole host of changes for this match, it tips the balance further in the home sides favour.
Forest went on a huge spending spree last summer and because of this, they have a strong squad when it comes to depth, as well as talent. Cooper is likely to make changes, but it shouldn’t see too much of a drop off when it comes to performance levels.
For that reason, with the likes of Gonzalo Montiel and Anthony Elanga on the bench at Old Trafford, the home side should have enough to make it to the next round.