Big guns set to fire in Carabao Cup


More fun is expected from Wednesday’s Carabao Cup action but upsets are as unlikely as Tony Pulis taking off his cap and donning a suit.

That will certainly not be the case when his West Brom welcome Manchester City to the Hawthorns. The Baggies have been awful in their last couple of games (trust me I’ve watched both) but could show some rare invention with a few of their youngsters likely set to feature.

City, in contrast, have been ace and will have zero reservations about Wednesday’s game. In fact, despite making changes, they will probably batter the Baggies and an away win to zero at 11/10 is perhaps the way to go in this.

Meanwhile, holders Manchester United are also in action and they too look unlikely to lose when they welcome Championship outfit Burton to Old Trafford. The Brewers sealed a memorable goalless draw in the two clubs’ first-ever meeting in the FA Cup back in 2006, only to lose the replay 5-0. Burton were then a non-league side and, even though they are different prospect these days, United should still swat them aside.

With the likes of Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard coming back in for the Red Devils, a home win to zero looks likely but, with that such a short price, maybe another 4-0 for Jose Mourinho’s men, at 6/1, is worth a punt.

Both of those games kick off at 8pm but there are also three matches at 7:45pm and home wins appear hard to look past in all of them.

Arsenal will also shuffle the pack but will still have way too much for Doncaster, so look out for something like 3-0 at 23/4 or 4-0 at 27/4.

Chelsea should also smash Nottingham Forest, so other markets such as Michy Batshuayi to score first at 33/10 are worth a look there.

Finally, Everton may be rubbish but they are still better than Sunderland and for all the Black Cats’ spirit, an upset is unlikely and a Toffees’ win but both scoring is decent at 8/5.

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