The return of the EFL Cup brings fresh hope for lower-league sides that they can repeat the feat Bradford achieved in 2012-13 and reach the final at Wembley.
Every journey has to begin somewhere and the first round is the starting point for all teams outside the Premier League.
One of the more intriguing ties in the first block of fixtures sees Peterborough take on Plymouth.
Posh were dealt a blow as they were beaten 3-0 by Luton in their first game back in the Championship so they will be motivated to get back on track in the cup.
Plymouth conceded 80 goals in League One last season,
the second-most in the division, and they lost their 2021-22 opener 2-0 to Rotherham.
Darren Ferguson’s Peterborough side are known for their attacking exploits and this tie may allow them to showcase that quality.
Posh notched 83 goals last season, including a 3-0 drubbing of the Pilgrims last time they met.
Given Peterborough’s attacking talents,
there could be goals on the cards once more and over 3.5 goals looks a tempting bet.
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Barnsley had a good run in cup competitions last year before they were dumped out by European champions Chelsea in both the FA and EFL Cup.
They can continue that good knockout form this season and should have too much for a Bolton side who leaked three goals to managerless MK Dons at the weekend.
Barnsley’s style is high energy and they had the lowest average age of any Championship side on the opening weekend when they drew 1-1 with Cardiff.
Markus Schopp’s men should have the legs to claim victory over Wanderers