September 24th, 2019

Carabao Cup Round 3 Preview

Tonight we are spoiled with English league cup action as the Premier League heavy-hitters enter the Carabao Cup round three stage of the competition.

Last years’ final was contested by Chelsea and current holders Man City, with Pep Guardiola’s men securing the title with a 4-3 victory on penalties.

Who’s playing tonight?

Preston v Man City

Preston have started the league season very well and are in prime position to push for Premier League promotion. The champions side have had a promising team for a number of years, with Irish Internationals in Sean Maguire and Alan Browne leading the charge.

After collecting 16 points from their opening eight games, they find themselves just one point from the Championship summit.

This form may mean little in cup competition and against a Man City side looking to continue to write their wrongs from their shock defeat to Norwich. Battering Watford 8-0 at the weekend wont be good news for Preston supporters.

Pep Guardiola may rest players, but City’s second stringers are better than most championship sides to be honest!

Arsenal v Nottingham Forest

Arsenal played in the late kick-off on Sunday and have to play again on Tuesday evening, so Unai Emery is almost certainly going to rest players.

Nottingham Forest will be a tough task and have proved extremely hard to beat on the road so far this season, drawing with Leeds and Charlton away.

Manager Sabri Lamouchi has made Forest rigid and resilient with the likes of Joe Lolley, Joao Carvalho and Lewis Grabban who will attack teams on the counter.

A possible young and inexperienced Arsenal side could be the first big team to go crashing out of the competition.

Colchester v Tottenham

Tottenham’s league season has got off to a rocky start with poor defeats against Leicester and Newcastle.

Spurs appear to have regressed from their excellent league and European venture last year. Tonight’s match-up against League Two Colchester is a must win, nothing else matters.

Colchester are currently 10th in the fourth tier of English football, but have knocked out Premier League opposition already in the League Cup, thanks to a penalty shootout victory over Crystal Palace.

Spurs have already conceded 10 times in seven matches in all competitions this season and their defense has looked anything but watertight.

However on any given day they are also capable of racking up a big scoreline, especially against lower league opposition. We should see goals in this one.

Wednesday’s action

Man Utd v Rochdale

After United’s poor 2-0 away defeat to West Ham this past weekend, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will expect nothing more than a reaction from his players.

Three games in five days will certainly test the lack of depth in the Man United squad. A nice home tie against struggling League One Rochdale can help restore a boost in confidence.

Rochdale are currently sitting in 17th place in the league, overcoming Bolton and Carlisle in the opening two rounds of the Carabao Cup.

A trip to Old Trafford however is a much different beast to face. Expect United to come through this tie.

MK Dons v Liverpool

A disappointing 2-0 defeat to Napoli in the Champions League mid-week was quickly brushed aside, with an excellent 2-1 away victory over Chelsea on Sunday.

Liverpool currently sit top of the Premier League ahead of City on five points and are unbeaten in their opening five games.

Jurgen Klopp’s men travel away to MK Dons tomorrow night in a potential banana skin. They have totaled six goals in their two early stage ties, and could cause a threat to a changed Liverpool side.

Mk Dons shocked Man United back in 2014 with a 4-0 drubbing, could they add another famous victory to their name on Wednesday night?

We are offering these two specials on TONIGHT’S games:

Arsenal, Leicester, Southampton and Watford to win @ 9/2

Arsenal, Man City -2 and Tottenham -1 @ 7/2

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