The fourth round of the Carabao Cup takes centre stage this week, and there are a number of intriguing stories behind some of the big ties that will take place tonight and tomorrow.
GIVEMEBET takes a look at some of the ties to watch out for, and how recent form could impact who makes the next round.
Man City vs Southampton - Tuesday - 19:45 KO
There isn’t a worse team that Southampton could come up against right now than the current Carabao Cup holders Manchester City.
Off the back of a record home thrashing at the hands of Leicester City, Southampton would be looking to play a team that could give them a confidence boost. Although, in his pre-match press conference, City manager Pep Guardiola said that the Saints players were incredible professionals.
Guardiola also added: "I am not going to judge them on that or prepare to play against them based on what happened against Leicester. They will try to do their best."
As it stands, Southampton are 18/1 to win in the 90 minutes, and although Southampton captain Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has said Tuesday's match is a chance for the players to make amends on the pitch, it’s a struggle to look beyond City making it to the next round.
Man City to win by 3 goals is 7/2 with GIVEMEBET
Everton vs Watford - Tuesday - 19:45 KO
For both teams this game represents a welcome break from Premier League football, as Everton in 16th take on Watford in 20th.
Both teams have struggled for form, with Everton only winning 1 game in there last 4, and Watford yet to win in the league this season, although they do come into this game unbeaten in their last 3.
Although both teams could do with a win, it is likely that a number of players will be rested for this game, as both managers will be focused on trying to improve their respective Premier League positions
Everton to win to nil is 6/4 with GIVEMEBET
Liverpool vs Arsenal - Wednesday - 19:30 KO
It’s a marque game on Wednesday as Liverpool take on Arsenal.
Liverpool are in fine form at the moment and come into this game off the back of a 2-1 win over Arsenal’s great rivals Tottenham on Sunday. Liverpool showed their strong mentality by coming from behind to an early Harry Kane goal to secure the three points.
They are the form team in the country, and Jurgen Klopp will definitely have one eye on Saturday's game with Aston Villa. But he has strength in depth in his squad, and this may benefit former Arsenal player Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Oxlade-Chamberlain would have been disappointed not to have started the game against Tottenham on Sunday after his brilliant brace against Genk in Belgium. The former Gunner is in brilliant form as his introduction against Manchester United directly contributed to Liverpool’s equaliser, before the 25-year-old scored two against Genk from outside the box.
Arsenal are once again in crisis. The fans are restless, the manager is being questioned, the club captain is being booed by his own fans, and offering a response to that, and hats are being removed on AFTV.
But Arsenal do have quality players within their team in, and in Pepe, Lacazette, and Aubameyang, they have the chance to get at any defence in football. Plus Unai Emery will be looking for a response from his beleaguered side, and young Brazilian Gabriel Martinelli, who has started a number of cup games this season, could provide that response.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to score anytime is 7/2 with GIVEMEBET
Chelsea vs Manchester United - Wednesday - 20:05 KO
What a difference two months make. When these two teams last met at the start of the season, Manchester United beat Chelsea 4-0 at home. The result slightly flattered United, and had Chelsea taken any of their chances before United scored first through Marcus Rashford, it could have been very different.
Since then, Chelsea have gone from strength to strength, and Frank Lampard’s young side have exceeded all expectations and have find themselves fourth in the league, and seven points clear of United.
Lampard will also remember that the League Cup was the first trophy that Jose Mourinho claimed as Chelsea manager, and this tournament represents a real chance for the former midfielder to seal his first trophy as a manager.
The last seven days have represented a bit of a turnaround for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United. They are definitely off where the talent in the squad should be, but following a disastrous early run, United got a hard earned draw against Liverpool (the only team to stop Liverpool winning so far this season), finally won away from home for the first time since March, and scored more than one goal in a game for the first time since the win against Chelsea.
Much like Lampard, Solskjaer could benefit from taking the Carabao Cup seriously, but will no doubt be looking to give his youngsters a run out as well.
For the game to be a draw and there to be under 3.5 goals, it’s 7/2 with GIVEMEBET
The rest of the fourth round Carabao Cup:
Burton Albion vs Leicester City 19:45
Crawley Town vs Colchester United 19:45
Oxford United vs Sunderland 19:45
Aston Villa vs Wolves 19:45
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