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It could pay to expect goals in cup rumble at the Alex

Crewe take on Bolton at Gresty Road
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First round
All games 7.45pm Wednesday

Crewe looked lively when holding Sky Bet League Two title favourites Mansfield in their season opener and they have the attacking resources to cause Championship Bolton plenty of problems in their EFL Cup first-round encounter at the Alexandra Stadium.

Recent arrival Chris Porter, who netted a brace in Saturday’s 2-2 stalemate with the Stags, Chris Dagnall and Jordan Bowery form David Artell’s attacking unit and they have enough about them going forward to suggest they can play their part.

The Railwaymen stunned Sheffield United at Bramall Lane in the opening round last year before going down 4-3 to Black­burn and they should fancy their chances against Bolton, who have suffered successive first-round exits in this competition.

Bolton created plenty of chances during their 3-2 defeat to Leeds on Saturday but looked wobbly defensively and banking on the nets to bulge at both ends could be the way to play.

Elsewhere, Leeds should outclass Port Vale, while Burton are fancied to see off Oldham.

Recommendation
Both teams to score in Crewe v Bolton
2pts 8-11 Betfred

The Railwaymen stunned Sheffield United at Bramall Lane in the opening round last year before going down 4-3 to Black­burn
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