There are seven matches over the next two nights in the EFL Cup and BetVictor Brand Ambassador Michael Owen is here it preview it all.
Newport County v Newcastle United
Newport host Newcastle in what could turn out to be a tight affair. Newcastle will have to be wary of the League 2 side, but they should have enough in their locker to win after a very encouraging performance against Spurs at the weekend.
Manchester City - Over 3.5
Burnley v Manchester City
Manchester City suffered a thumping at the hands of Leicester on Sunday, and Pep Guardiola will be looking for a reaction from his players. City are still struggling to get it right at the back, and although I think Burnley will cause them one or two problems, I’m siding with the Citizens to win this.
Manchester United to win
Brighton v Manchester United
These two played out a cracker at the weekend, with Manchester United controversially running out 3-2 winners. Bearing in mind that both sides could line up a bit differently, I could see this one being a bit tighter in terms of goals. That said, I’m still siding with United to do enough to get through.
Everton v West Ham United
What a start to the season it has been for the Toffees. Joint top of the Premier League and a lot of fans will be optimistic about a decent cup run. West Ham were great against Wolves on Sunday; however, I think Everton will be too strong if they continue playing as they have been.
Brentford to win
Brentford v Fulham
It’s been a tough old start for Fulham. This tie has ‘cupset’ all over it for me. Fulham may want to rest a few given their Premier League struggles, and I think this more than decent Brentford side could take full advantage.
Aston Villa 2-1
Aston Villa v Stoke City
Consistently inconsistent Stoke travel to Birmingham to take on a Villa side that are bang in form. Six points from six in the league, taking them to the lofty heights of 5th position. Monday night’s win at Fulham means the Villains should arrive here full of confidence, and I reckon they’ll be in the draw for the next round.
Liverpool to win
Liverpool v Arsenal
These two face-off for the second time in a week. Liverpool were the winners in an enthralling encounter at Anfield on Monday and I think we could see more of the same here. Arsenal caused Liverpool a few problems, but the Champions were just too good on the night. Both sides should look different in terms of their starting elevens, and although I can could see Arsenal going close, I think the Reds will edge it.