The English Football League Cup enters its fourth round from today and we take a look at the games and their possible outcomes and offer you betting tips and predictions.
Tottenham vs Chelsea
Tottenham Hotspur play their second of three games in the space of just five days on Tuesday night when they face bitter rivals Chelsea in an EFL Cup London derby.
Tuesday’s match comes just two days after that Newcastle draw – a turnaround which would have been bad enough without this second game being a notoriously full-blooded derby against one of their most bitter rivals and arguably the team Mourinho now enjoys beating more than any other.
Chelsea are by no means in top form themselves at the moment either, though, and if they defend as they did away to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday then they are unlikely to have another stunning comeback in them.
The two sides also met in the 2015 final, with Chelsea winning on that occasion, and Spurs have only made it past the fourth round once in five seasons since then.
Given Chelsea’s struggles so far, you might want to stake on Spurs getting the win here and Betpay is offering odds of 4.35 for that happening.
PREDICTION: Tottenham 2-1 Chelsea
Newport vs Newcastle
Newport County will be looking to pull off another EFL Cup giant killing when they play host to Newcastle United for Wednesday’s fourth-round clash.
Newport have knocked out Swansea City, Cambridge United and Watford to reach round four, while Newcastle have overcome Blackburn Rovers and Morecambe en route to the last 16.
But the money will surely be on Newcastle seeing off Newport and you can stake on a win for the Magpies on Betpay with odds of 1.45.
PREDICTION: Newport 0-3 Newcastle
Burnley vs Manchester City
Manchester City continue the defence of their EFL Cup crown when they visit Burnley at Turf Moor in the fourth round on Wednesday night.
The holders will demand a swift response to their chastening 5-2 home defeat at the hands of Leicester City at the weekend, while Burnley are also looking to bounce back from a home league loss.
Just three matches into the new season and already the same questions are being asked of Manchester City – most specifically their defensive frailties.
Pep Guardiola’s side boasted 72% possession and had 16 shots during Sunday’s showdown with Leicester, yet they still contrived to concede five goals – including three penalties – as Jamie Vardy led the Foxes’ rout with a hat-trick.
The statistics make grim reading; it is the first time in 438 games at the Etihad Stadium that Man City have shipped five goals, and the first time it has happened to any of Guardiola’s teams throughout his 686-game managerial career.
But that said, you would expect City to muster just enough to see off Burnley’s challenge and you can bet on that on Betpay with odds of 1.45.
PREDICTION: Burnley 1-3 Manchester City
Brighton vs Manchester United
Four days after playing out an instant Premier League classic, Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester United renew acquaintances in an EFL Cup fourth round tie at the Amex Stadium on Wednesday night.
The first episode of the quickfire double-header between these two sides has done a good job to whet the appetite for the sequel as Manchester United ran out 3-2 winners in incredible circumstances.
Brighton may have come away from the match cruelly denied any points, but at the very least they will have gained confidence heading into this contest, safe in the knowledge that a repeat performance would likely end up in a different result this time around.
Indeed, the Red Devils are now unbeaten in their last 15 away games across all competitions, stretching all the way back to their January defeat at Anfield.
However, the Red Devils haven’t kicked on this term and expect Brighton to exert their revenge with a win and there are odds of 4.10 on Betpay on a Brighton win.
PREDICTION: Brighton 2-1 Manchester United
Everton vs West Ham
Everton and West Ham United will both be looking to build on weekend victories in the Premier League when the two sides lock horns in Wednesday’s EFL Cup fourth-round clash.
The Toffees overcame Salford City and Fleetwood Town to advance to the last 16, whereas West Ham knocked out Charlton Athletic and Hull City to set up a showdown with the Toffees.
You would want to bet on Everton continuing their fine start to the season with a win and you can find odds of 1.75 on Betpay for that probability.
PREDICTION: Everton 3-1 West Ham