From the midweek EFL Cup Preview, I will pick my favourite four to form a 20/1 accumulator – I’m going with the big Premier League boys in this round as I feel their strength in depth, mixed with the fact they are playing lower league opposition, most of which are struggling at the moment, and are conceding heavily – in the cases of Derby and Nottingham Forest:
Derby vs Liverpool: Liverpool -1 Goal Handicap @ 21/20 (1945 KO)
Liverpool have had a good start – unbeaten, and looking very good on the front foot! Klopp is looking to rotate his team, and with that the likes of Emre Can, Lorius Karius, Danny Ings, Divock Origi and Marko Grujic are likely to come into the frame to start – Grujic being one hell of a talent!
Derby are struggling in the Championship, so could well rotate as well. Even with the game at Pride Park, I can only see Liverpool’s winning mentality take another win, and a handsome one at that!
Notts Forest vs Arsenal: Arsenal -1 Goal Handicap @ 11/8 (1945 KO)
Arsene Wenger is certainly one that likes a change or ten when it comes to the Cup – a few years ago he used it exclusively to play his up and coming starts like Cesc Fabregas and Fran Merida!
Against a Forest team who can’t seem to keep the scoreline down, I think he will take it a bit more seriously than he used to, with the likes of David Ospina, Rob Holding, Gabriel, Kieran Gibbs, Mo Elneny, Alex Iwobi, Oxlade Chamerlain and new signing Perez likely to get some game time. Mustafi could also feature since he is very new to the league – while Sanchez, Cech, Koscielny and Xhaka should be rested.
I fancy a high scoring game – Arsenal taking advantage of defensively frailty in the Forest backline.
West Ham vs Accrington: West Ham Over 2.5 Team Goals @ 1/1 (1945 KO)
West Ham have had a poor start, and although having two players topping the Premier League scoring/assist charts, they are in the bottom three and conceding heavily! 4 to WBA was shocking – they seemed too focused on attacking!
Against an average Accrington side, on their home ground – I feel the likes of Calleri, Feghouli and Tore will come in and tear them a new one, so to speak. 3 goals at home, against a League Two side – that’s the least they will be hoping for!
Swansea vs Man City: Man City -1 Goal Handicap @ 5/4 (1945 KO)
Man City have already showed their class this season – on a winning run, and even without Sergio Aguero are still beating sides no problem! This is the final game of his suspension, but Kelechi Iheanacho is likely to start, alongside Leroy Sane – which has been confirmed by Guardiola.
He is likely to mix it up a little, so I’m expecting the likes of Caballero, Toure, Delph and Adarabioyo to start – even a few of the Spaniards they have such as Garcia and Angelino too. Swansea are also likely to change a few players around, give some fringe members of the squad a game – but either way, City should have too much.
As mentioned – this pays around 20/1
Best of luck!