We've another night full of football coming up on Wednesday evening with five clashes in the EFL Cup. Will David beat Goliath, will there be an upset or will it be routine wins for the big heads and progression into the next round? We're going through each of the five fixtures to pick out the best bets for you...
At home, against a lower league side, this is a lovely fixture for Arsenal to show off in front of their own fans and build somewhat - even if it is only in the EFL Cup - on their weekend point gained against Chelsea. This fixture also sees the old Fergie vs. Wenger battle come to the fore again, with Sir Alex's son Darren leading his Doncaster troops south to the Emirates - no doubt he's taken some tips of his old man in a bid to beat Arsene's men.
These two last met in Yorkshire all the way back in 2005, with the Gunners eventually winning the clash on penalties in the same competition, and Arsenal are ruthless in this competition, winning 25 of their last 28 League Cup matches and haven't lost to a lower division side at home in this tournament since 1983. Donny have been struggling in League One since their promotion back to the third tier and we can't see them getting anything from this one, despite Wenger's threats to rest players. Both Jack Wilshere and Calum Chambers are set to be included in the XI, but this should be pretty comfortable for the hosts, in all honesty.
What We Sayin'?
A simple yet effective 3-0 home victory will suffice for Wenger and those who back it. That price is 19/4.
We'll call this one the John Terry derby, purely because ex-England skipper JT had a loan spell at Forest early on in his career. Similarly to the first fixture we've covered this evening, it's a perfect draw for hosts Chelsea again against lower league opposition, so much so that Eden Hazard is set to start against Mark Warburton's men following his long injury lay-off with a foot injury. Opportunities may well be there for Hazard's countryman Michy Batshuayi, too, who has been waiting in the wings since Alvaro Morata's good form leading the line for the Blues.
Forest's Michael Mancienne will come up against his former side. The defender was probably the first of a host of young stars which started being loaned out by Chelsea back in the mid 2000s, but now 29, the centre back is a regular fixture in the Forest backline. The Blues have won their last nine League Cup ties and usually brush aside lower league opposition, and Forest haven't progressed to Round Four since the 2004/05 campaign. Let's face it, we know who you'll be putting on tonight's acca.
What We Sayin'?
Another comfortable win for the current Premier League Champions, but it won't be as one-sided as you'd expect - in our view. Chelsea to win and BTTS at 15/8 would be our selection.
Now if David Moyes was still at Sunderland, this would surely be his dream tie. Going back to Goodison, applauded by both sets of supporte.... never mind. Despite Moyes' absence, it will be a return to Merseyside for - potentially - a number of his Sunderland signings, with the likes of Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo. The Premier League's youngest ever goalscorer James Vaughan is also set to return to the club where he started out, but pair Brendan Galloway and Ty Browning aren't allowed to play against their parent club.
If there's one team that needs to actually score a goal - and ultimately win, of course - then it's Everton. The Toffees have had a dismal recent run of results where they haven't earned a victory in their last six, have lost their last four in all competitions, haven't scored in their last four and conceded 12 goals from those quartet of results. Get all that - we have to remember that this isn't an episode of Countdown. You lot want hard facts. Anyway, if it's facts you want then one stat that may stick out is that Everton have been knocked out by Sunderland in both of their previous League Cup meetings and have failed to progress from Round Three in five of their last seven League Cup matches. Food for thought, eh?
What We Sayin'?
We're going with a cupset in this one. Forget any fancy specials, Sunderland at 15/2 is surely enough possible prize to simply hedge your bets on an away win.
It says something that League One Doncaster are - according to our odds - more likely to not lose at Arsenal than Burton are to not earn defeat at Old Trafford on Wednesday night. The Brewers are a mammoth 28/1 to knock Jose Mourinho - whose first trophy in England was the League Cup - out of the competition on home soil. Jose's set to give the likes of Sergio Romero, Luke Shaw and Michael Carrick starting berths for Burton's visit, with the Brewers returning to the same ground as they did back in the FA Cup in 2006, losing 5-0 in Manchester following a replay.
So there's not much history between these two but the Burton manager remains the same as that 2006 bout, despite Nigel Clough spending time in charge of Derby County and Sheffield United in between the 11 years since their last matchup. Burton don't have the best record in this competition against Premier League sides, but it's worth noting that United have been knocked out by lower league opponents at home in this competition in two of their last three Old Trafford games and Mourinho will be hoping there won't be an addition to that record. They should have enough to get past their Championship opponents.
What We Sayin'?
A big win for United on the night, but we can see Burton scoring at some point. A 12/1 4-1 home win looks a fair shout.
Last but by no means least is this all Premier League tie, which should be pretty close - and yes, we did say similar ahead of Manchester City's trip to Watford at the weekend. City do have recent history in this competition having triumphed in 2014 and 2016 and have been ruthless when it comes to sneaking into the fourth round - earning progress in the last four years. The resting of players may well hinder them and it remains to be seen whether Tony Pulis will see this competition as a realistic shot for silverware considering they won't be winning the league or getting relegated this season. Will he go strong or will he be saving players for league action?
Well, if Pulis was aiming to rest a few then it'll be hard for him considering their injury record. Both Oliver Burke and Nacer Chadli are out through injury, whilst Jake Livermore has required a break due to feeling mentally tired. Claudio Bravo could well earn a start for the visitors, which will be a boost for the Baggies, whilst Yaya Toure could well make his first appearance of the campaign. Ilkay Gundogan is alive and well - despite City coming out with shirts for him during last season - and after coming off the bench at the weekend after a long injury lay-off, is likely to be in Pep Guardiola's XI at the Hawthorns.
What We Sayin'?
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