Our Carabao Cup betting round-up kicks off with the tie of the round, which strangely hasn’t been selected for live TV coverage!
Carabao Cup games not being shown on Sky Sports will be available to watch on carabaocup.live, where supporters must pay £10 for a match pass.
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But what should you be betting on?
Leicester vs Arsenal – kick-off 7.45pm
Something has to give at the King Power Stadium.
Leicester are top of the table with a 100% start to the season, Arsenal are breathing down their necks after back to back wins themselves.
Bookies thepools.com rate Arsenal’s wins over London rivals Fulham and West Ham as more impressive than The Foxes’ defeats of West Brom and Burnley – because The Gunners are 7/4 favourites with Leicester a generous looking 7/5 . Leicester were as big as 9/5 on Monday morning but money has been coming in on them … for a reason.
Over the past three seasons the Foxes have won all three games against Arsenal at the King Power and even at 7/5 the odds for a home win are tempting.
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But despite being on a five-game winning streak in all competitions, including the Community Shield penalty shoot-out success over Liverpool, the Gunners have conceded in four.
Both teams to score is 8/11 .
Chelsea v Barnsley – 7.45pm
If you want to see this tie on TV, you need to purchase a match pass (see above).
The EFL says: “Revenue generated from streaming Carabao Cup matches is split 50-50 between the clubs involved.
“This would be the same as if fans were able to attend the match in person.”
And Chelsea need the money, obviously.
Barnsley have been EFL Cup specialists so far this season – beating Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough to nil – while losing both their Championship matches to nil.
Those defeats were against Luton and Reading so no shame, but lengthy odds of 16/1 to score another EFL success against Frank Lampard’s side are justified.
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The Blues, however, have kept clean sheets in only two of their last 10 Carabao Cup ties and a Chelsea win and BTTS is a more appealing 15/8 with thepools.com .
Fleetwood vs Everton – 7.45pm, Sky Sports Football & Main Event
Everton’s trip to the Fylde coast has been selected by the TV cameras – for the contrasting dug-out showdown between the urbane multi-decorated Carlo Ancelotti and the animated managerial new boy Joey Barton.
A lifelong Blues fan, Barton is already plotting an upset.
“We’ve got an opportunity to kill Goliath,” he said.
“It’s a chance to create a bit of history, a chance to do something you will remember for your whole career. And if you don’t do it, no-one’s going to hold it against you. It’s not like you’ll regret not knocking Everton out.”
Given his previous, the Fleetwood boss won’t be betting on his side tonight.
But those that do could get huge odds on an upset – 17/2 for a Fleetwood win with thepools.com.
Everton are 2/7 to do what they did in the last round to Salford and progress comfortably.
Fleetwood started the season with four wins in a row before shipping two goals in time added on at Peterborough at the weekend to lose 2-1.
They have shown they can score goals but keeping them out is another story.
In their last eight competitive matches Fleetwood have scored 16 goals and conceded 15 goals.
Even with 10 new faces stepping in against Salford last week Everton managed a staggering 32 shots at goal.
So Over 2.5 goals and BTTS – a winner in Fleetwood’s last eight competitive matches – looks promising with Everton to win and BTTS 15/8 .
Morecambe vs Newcastle – 7.45pm
Toon are in the same neck of the woods as Premier League rivals Everton, but with a more straightforward looking assignment against League Two Morecambe.
Morecambe have lost two of their last three home matches, Newcastle have won four of their last seven away.
Martin Dubravka, Paul Dummett, Fabian Schar and Dwight Gayle all remain out, and they are joined on the sidelines by Allan Saint-Maximin, who is rested after limping out of Sunday’s defeat to Brighton.
Jamal Lewis will also sit out the trip after being kicked in the head in the same match.
But Steve Bruce has still vowed to name a strong side with Fraser and Miguel Almiron likely starters having featured in the last round, and Matt Ritchie set to replace Lewis.