It’s Carabao Cup quarter-final night …. and that usually means goals!
The lowest scoring tie in last season’s last eight clashes saw Manchester United put three past Colchester. We also had Everton’s 2-2 draw with Leicester, Aston Villa’s 5-0 demolition of Liverpool’s kids and Manchester City winning 3-1 at Oxford.
Last night’s all Premier League tie yielded five goals, four of them from City again.
So what do tonight’s ties have in store?
Everton half-time, United full-tine 20/1
Spurs to win to nil at Stoke 13/8
Everton vs Manchester United
It’s only six weeks since United romped to a 3-1 win at Goodison Park, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are still better than double your money to repeat the feat in the Carabao Cup – 11/10 with thepools.com.
Will this tie carry on the goals theme? Perhaps.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have scored 14 goals in their last five road trips and only once have they failed to bag at least two away from home this season and that was in a woeful performance at Istanbul Basaksehir.
Over 2.5 goals is 8/11….. but, Everton have changed their emphasis in recent weeks.
That 3-1 defeat by United was the last time attacking right-back Seamus Coleman started a match. The following weekend’s five goal thriller at Fulham was the last time attacking left-back Lucas Digne has started a match.
With both defenders injured, Mason Holgate and Ben Godfrey have offered a more cautious brand of full-back play.
And Everton have registered 0-1, 1-1, 1-0, 2-0 and 2-1 scorelines.
Under 2.5 goals is 23/20.
And get this. Solskjaer’s side may have a perfect six wins out of six on the road in the Premier League, but they have had to come from behind in every single one, including their previous Goodison visit. Everton to lead half-time and United to win is a tempting 20/1.
Stoke vs Tottenham
Jose Mourinho is acutely aware of the value of the League Cup competition.
His first trophy as Chelsea boss, he has won it four times in his managerial career.
And after a 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace and defeats by Liverpool and Leicester he will be glad of the distraction of a trip to Stoke on a cold December night.
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With a game against Wolves on Sunday, Mourinho will rotate.
So will Potters boss Michael O’Neill, with his side well in the mix for promotion from the Championship.
But Gareth Bale or Sam Vokes, Moussa Sissoko or James McClean?
Spurs are 1/2 and deservedly so, with the home side 5/1 .
With just three goals in their last five matches Stoke aren’t exactly free scoring. Spurs to win to nil is 13/8 and the recommended bet.