Chelsea to win v Everton with both teams scoring – 21/10
After a turbulent few weeks at the Stamford Bridge helm, Antonio Conte will be glad of the brief respite the Carabao Cup affords you as a manager of a top club.
No one really minds multiple changes, a chance for the kids or even an early exit as long as you’re not at the ‘business end’ of the competition and to brighten up his day even more, he’s got the visit of embattled and manager-less Everton to look forward to.
David Unsworth takes charge of an Everton ship lost in a storm tonight, after Ronald Koeman’s departure on Monday. The Dutchman was unable to pull The Toffees out of their current sticky patch, paying the ultimate price in the process and they head to south-west London tonight without a win in their last five.
🦏 | "What do you want to see from your side tonight, David?" #EFCawayday
— Everton (@Everton) October 25, 2017
On the flip side a raft of injuries (blamed on Conte’s prison camp like training methods) and some rumoured squad disharmony have made The Blues more suspect than Conte’s replenished hair of late – as they’ve conceded in each of their last five outings.
We can’t see Everton snapping their winless run at the home of the Premier League champions though, however don’t be surprised to see them hit the onion sack at least once. These factors make the 21/10 on a Chelsea victory with both teams netting the value play tonight.
Tottenham to beat West Ham – 8/15
Despite more Wembley wobbles than you can shake a stick at over the last couple of seasons, Liverpool’s charitable defending on Sunday looks to finally have Tottenham feeling at home in the historic venue.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino may be on record as saying he wants to win ‘real trophies‘, but there’s no way he’ll expect to lose to their London rivals West Ham this evening.
The Hammers have had their own home horrors to deal with, and manager Slaven Bilic goes into this fixture knowing his position is hanging by a tread. A positive performance at the home of English football might just be enough to get him to the weekend, where West Ham have bigger fish to fry in the Premier League.
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) October 24, 2017
Even with the inevitable alterations to the line-ups, one must take into account Pochettino’s astonishing success rate in bringing through youngsters at Tottenham and you’d expect whoever makes it onto the hallowed turf to do the business for the men from north London later.
That’s why we’re sticking with a Spurs victory tonight at 8/15 to round off our delightful double.
* All odds correct at time of posting.