Sometimes clubs and fans can be a bit blasé about the EFL Cup, but thankfully that shouldn’t be the case this midweek after the fourth round draw threw up some massive ties.
While we’ll have to wait until tomorrow for the second Manchester derby of the season, tonight’s contests are headlined by the heavyweight clash of Liverpool and Tottenham at Anfield.
With five spots in the next round on the line, we’ve decided to put together an acca using all games in this evening’s cup action and can deliver at 17/1.
Priorities, priorities… The question is where do they lie for Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino in tonight’s live game?
Both sides are right in the title picture and would a cup run be a distraction from their ultimate goal? The starting line-ups will answer a lot later.
Speaking of goals, Klopp has confirmed that Simon Mignolet has been recalled to keep them out for the Reds, as new first choice keeper’ Loris Karius drops to the bench. Spurs for their part will be without the services of Moussa Sissoko who’s banned after elbowing Bournemouth’s Harry Arter last Saturday.
The game also represents the meeting of the competition’s last two beaten finalists – Liverpool in 2015 and Tottenham last year. Motivation to go one better could be a key factor in tonight’s outcome.
We’re going to throw our money behind the Reds at to open our acca. Mainly due to the fact that Spurs have had an awful recent record against the Anfield outfit, they haven’t beaten Liverpool in their last EIGHT contests and it should be nine tonight.
It’s quite frankly impossible to make a case for Reading winning tonight against Arsenal. That’s why our traders have the Royals as colossal underdogs.
No one will ever forget that these sides once played out the best game in the competition history when Arsenal secured a 7-5 extra time victory at the Madejski Stadium in 2012, but this current Reading crop are facing the Premier League’s form side this evening.
Only a single goal keeps Arsene Wenger’s men off the top of the league, and they are run of 12 games unbeaten since losing to Liverpool on the opening day.
Reading have lost all their previous 13 games with the Gunners and no matter how many young bucks Wenger chooses to start tonight we are adding Arsenal to our acca at .
As the only other Premier League team in action tonight, Hull City surprisingly find themselves as outsiders away to Championship outfit Bristol City. It’s easy to see why though, as The Tigers have been on an atrocious run losing their last five and suffering 5-1 and 6-1 tankings at Liverpool and Bournemouth respectively.
With freescoring Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham in their ranks Bristol City have punched above their weight this campaign, sitting in the Play-Off spots at present. So we’ll stick with the Robins to cause a mini-shock at .
That leaves us with two all-Championship clashes to round out our punt.
Firstly, Leeds welcome Norwich to Elland Road in a match-up neither side will see as important, for both Garry Monk and Alex Neil the road to the Premier League is the only focus.
With widespread changes likely, Norwich’s greater squad depth should be enough to see them through here at .
Our final game features two of the Championship’s form sides, Newcastle and Preston, going at it with St James’ Park the venue.
Preston haven’t tasted defeat in seven and picked up a fantastic win at Norwich last time out, while Newcastle are big favourites for the contest as they’re on a five game win-streak. Given that the sides will meet again in the league on Saturday, shadow boxing could come into play here and we think the Magpies might just fly higher to round off our acca.