Blackburn Rovers vs Hartlepool United
Blackburn Rovers to win and both teams to score NO- 6/5!
Will 2002 winners Blackburn Rovers avoid a first round League Cup shock?
The Blue and Whites were beaten in this round of this competition 12 months ago by Morecambe, the first time they’d been ousted in the first round since 2015.
A repeat seems unlikely given that Jon Dahl Tomasson has made a dream start to life as Blackburn boss.
So far, Rovers have won both matches this season, beating QPR 1-0 and then Swansea 3-0.
Sammie Szmodics, Ben Brereton Díaz and Lewis Travis all on target in South Wales, leaving Blackburn top of the Championship, albeit at a very early stage.
So, a daunting task for Hartlepool who’ve lost their last two first round ties, falling at this stage on six of the last seven occasions they’ve entered this competition.
In fact, Pools have only won one of their last nine League Cup clashes, beating Fleetwood in 2015.
Right now, Paul Harley’s side have just one point on the board in League Two, drawing 0-0 with AFC Wimbledon having been hammered 4-0 at Walsall the week before.
So, anything other than a routine victory at Ewood Park would be a major shock.