Capital One Cup Betting: Wednesday Tips



Chelsea 2.30, the draw 3.35, Man United 2.95

All eyes will be on Stamford Bridge tonight, as Chelsea seek revenge for their 3-2 loss to Manchester United on Sunday. The Blues will be without both Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres, both of whom were dismissed at the weekend, so Cesar Azpilicueta and Daniel Sturridge will be hoping for rare starts.

Key in determining the outcome of this one will be how seriously both managers are taking the competition; it seems likely that some players will be rested for more important matches to come, but it's unclear whether reserve sides will be the order of the day. Either way, do consider backing both teams to score at 1.50; neither defence has impressed so far this season.

If Sturridge leads the line for Chelsea, he will be keen to stake a claim for a permanent spot, so could be a good pick in the first goalscorer market at 7.00. For United Danny Welbeck and Nani will both be looking to give Sir Alex Ferguson something to think about, having been dropped on Sunday.

Score prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Man United (8.25)


Norwich 4.20, the draw 3.60, Tottenham 1.80

Spurs have found some solid form after a slightly wobbly start to the season, and will be confident of seeing off a Norwich side that has yet to really gel under Chris Hughton. Andre Villas-Boas will surely rotate his side, but even the Tottenham reserves - Emmanuel Adebayor, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Michael Dawson - look to be of sufficient quality to make life difficult for the Canaries.

Both teams to score (1.57) again looks a good bet for this one, as does the 2.55 available on Spurs to score in both halves. For a longer-odds bet, consider the 5.00 for Draw/Tottenham in the HT/FT market, as Norwich will likely try to keep things tight early on.

Adebayor would be a strong bet to open the scoring if he starts; he will be chomping at the bit to make an impact having failed to displace Jermain Defoe from the starting XI thus far.

Score prediction: Norwich 1-3 Tottenham (12.50)


Liverpool 1.45, the draw 4.25, Swansea 6.75

Brendan Rodgers welcomes his former side to Anfield, looking to build upon a promising run that has seen them beaten just once since progressing past West Brom in the last round. Swansea's recent results have been a mixed bag; the promise of wins against Crawley and Wigan has been tempered by losses to Man City and Stoke.

Liverpool's score draw with Everton on Sunday suggested that they are beginning to loosen up at both ends of the pitch following three low-scoring games. Given that only two of Swansea's games this season have gone under the 2.5 goal line, the overs looks a decent punt at 1.62.

While Rodgers would surely love to rotate his attack for this match, the truth is that he simply doesn't have the resources to do so. With Fabio Borini out, Luis Suarez will likely lead the line, and should thrive once again.

Score prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Swansea (7.00)