Southampton – 4.00 to beat Arsenal on Tuesday
Perhaps the in-form Saints shouldn’t be considered the underdogs here. They are, after all, one point and two places above Arsenal in the Premier League table ahead of their trip to the Emirates.
Boss Ronald Koeman showed in the previous round at Millwall that he’s willing to field strong sides in this competition, and with that victory one of the three his team have achieved on the road so far this season, he certainly won’t fear what is likely to be a much-changed Arsenal.
The alterations that Arsene Wenger makes to his teams in the League Cup have now become the stuff of the tournament’s legend, and with the changes set to be rung and the likes of David Ospina, Hector Bellerin, Joel Campbell and even Abou Diaby set to feature, that unfamiliarity could cost the hosts against confident opponents.
Reading – 4.75 to beat Derby County on Tuesday
These two are locked on the same amount of points in the Championship, and there really isn’t a reason why their prices should be so different for this cup clash (Derby are 1.70).
The Rams had to come back from two goals down to save a point at home to managerless Cardiff at the weekend, and there is a feeling that a League Cup exit wouldn’t exactly be a bad thing for a club with promotion ambitions following their heartbreaking playoff final loss last season.
Reading are another club for whom this tournament could be considered a hindrance but some of their key men helped them beat Newport 3-1 in the previous round, and although they lost at Sheffield Wednesday last weekend, they did win their previous three matches and have now got new Thai owners to impress.
Everton – 3.40 to beat Swansea on Tuesday
Would these be the prices if this were a Premier League game?
Everton seem huge at 3.40 to win at Swansea, who are just 2.10 despite the fact that they’ll be without Wilfried Bony following his red card against Southampton at the weekend.
That absence and the defeat they suffered to the Saints ensures that the feelgood factor has somewhat disappeared from the Swans following their great start to the season, and an Everton side desperate to play themselves into form ahead of the Merseyside derby on Sarurday can take advantage of that if they can improve on the terrible defending which has blighted their season so far.
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Burton Albion – 3.40 to beat Brighton on Wednesday
After beating Wigan and then QPR, Burton were using this competition as a springboard to help their impressive League Two form, but then they lost back-to-back games at Wimbledon and Bury.
A return to the Pirelli Stadium will doubtless be welcomed then, as will the sight of a Brighton & Hove Albion side who are winless in four games since the last round of this competition at Swindon.
Sami Hyypia – three times a finalist in this competition with Liverpool and twice a winner – won’t be relishing this trip, and it could be one that he’ll end up wanting to forget.
Nottingham Forest – 5.75 to beat Tottenham on Wednesday
Whilst the ‘concentrating on the league’ argument certainly holds merit here, Nottingham Forest will head to Tottenham knowing that they can add to a feeling of uneasiness at White Hart Lane following the weekend loss to West Brom.
Stuart Pearce’s Championship table-toppers were far from their best in drawing 0-0 at Millwall at the weekend, but they held on for what had to be considered a good point in the end.
The longer they can keep it scoreless the better at Spurs, as that will worry an already nervy crowd who have now seen their side lose two of their three home Premier League matches this season. In addition, Spurs have failed to score in three of their last four games.
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