The clubs involved in European competition enter the Carabao Cup midweek and I believe it will be Liverpool who win the tie of the round against Chelsea at Anfield on Wednesday.


Oxford United v Manchester City 

Hard not to see past another emphatic away win for the holders who were irresistible at Cardiff at the weekend. Three of the four teams to stop City from scoring in cup games under Pep Guardiola have been from outside the Premier League (Wigan, Wolves and Huddersfield) but I don’t expect the U’s to add their name to that list.


City to win to nil at


Manchester United v Derby County 

Derby have lost seven of their last eight trips to Old Trafford and I can’t see past a win for Jose Mourinho’s side against Frank Lampard’s Rams.

Carabao Cup

Marcus Rashford is back from his domestic suspension against West Ham this weekend and it will be interesting to see if Mourinho starts with Alexis Sanchez against the Championship side. The Chilean looked short of confidence against a very good Wolves side at the weekend – he badly needs a goal.

Michael’s recommendation: Sanchez to score anytime at


Arsenal v Brentford 

Arsenal haven’t lost at home in the League Cup to opposition outside the top-flight since November 1983 (Walsall) and promotion is Brentford’s primary objective this season. That said I expect the Bees to give the Gunners a real game at the Emirates.

Arsenal rode their luck against Everton on Sunday and are some way off where Unai Emery needs them to be if they are to make a realistic challenge for the top four this term. I do expect the Gunners to win what promises to be an entertaining clash.


Arsenal to win and both teams to score at


Liverpool v Chelsea 

Liverpool have only won two of their last 14 games with Chelsea in all competitions and those successes both came at Stamford Bridge. This game might be considered a “phoney war” ahead of their Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.

Chelsea lost their 100

Odds are correct at the time of posting

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