Arsene Wenger has promised to rotate his squad for Tuesday’s EFL Cup clash against West Ham but home advantage should be crucial as Arsenal attempt to reach the semi-finals.
The Gunners have a poor record in the competition and have only won it twice – in 1987 and 1993 – while they were beaten by Chelsea in the 2007 final and by Birmingham City four years later.
They struggled to beat Doncaster Rovers and Norwich City in the last two rounds and could only draw 0-0 at West Ham in the Premier League last week.
However, Arsenal have won eight of their nine home top-flight games this season and, although the Hammers have improved since David Moyes’ appointment, Wenger’s team should be strong enough to win the match by a one-goal margin at odds of 49/20.
Wenger has promised that Theo Walcott will start, even though the 28-year-old has barely featured in the Premier League this season, while Jack Wilshere could also play after impressing recently and he is good value at 19/2 to score the first goal.
In Tuesday’s other quarter-final tie it is difficult to see how anyone can beat Manchester City at the moment and Pep Guardiola’s team can win 2-0 at Leicester City at odds of 27/4.
The Foxes were undone by Crystal Palace at the weekend and were beaten by the Premier League leaders at the King Power Stadium last month.
Manchester City struggled to beat West Brom and Wolves in the last two rounds but they were so good on Saturday when thrashing Tottenham 4-1 that it seems inconceivable that they will come unstuck against Claude Puel’s team.
Nicolas Otamendi appears to be very good value at 20/1 to score the first goal in the encounter.
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