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David Prutton's Carabao Cup predictions: Will Newcastle slip up?
Last Updated: 23/08/17 7:52pm
David Prutton is back with his latest predictions ahead of the second round of the Carabao Cup this week.
But who is he tipping for glory or failure? Read on to find out...
Cheltenham v West Ham, Wednesday 7.30pm - live on Sky Sports Football
I'll be at this game on Wednesday and I'm thoroughly looking forward to it! West Ham could use a victory after their poor start to the season in the Premier League, and anything but a win here will only heap more pressure on Slaven Bilic.
Cheltenham have not had the best start to the season themselves in League Two and, while I don't think West Ham will run away with it, they should get the win.
Prutton predicts: 1-3 with Diafra Sakho to score first (30/1 with Sky Bet)
Blackburn v Burnley, Wednesday 7.45pm
This should be a tasty Lancashire affair. Blackburn finally got off and running in League One after a terrible start to the season and Tony Mowbray will want them to keep that going in midweek.
For Burnley, meanwhile, it was back to reality against West Brom after their brilliant opening-day win at Chelsea. Sean Dyche will surely make changes but the Clarets should be comfortable.
Prutton predicts: 0-2 (10/1 with Sky Bet)
Newcastle v Nottingham Forest, 7.45pm
Graeme Souness was very critical about Newcastle's defending at the weekend, and rightly so. They also have problems at the other end of the field, and Dwight Gayle could use a game here to get off the mark this season.
Nottingham Forest have had a decent start and they could give Newcastle a tough game. Daryl Murphy will be desperate to start and score at his old side where he didn't get much of a look-in last season. We could be in for a shock at St James' Park.
Prutton predicts: 0-1 (18/1 with Sky Bet)
Southampton v Wolves, 7.45pm
Southampton had to win the game twice against West Ham on Saturday, but it was a great result for them, especially after going for so long without scoring at home. Their run to the final last year proves they take this competition seriously, and they'll fancy their chances again.
Wolves suffered a first defeat of the season at the weekend and, with promotion the priority, you imagine there will be a few changes made like by most teams. Home win for me.
Prutton predicts: 2-1 (7/1 with Sky Bet)