There are two all-Premier League ties in the EFL Cup third round on Tuesday, with Chelsea (9/2 – EFL Cup Outright) and Arsenal (8/1) both in action, while QPR also host Sunderland.
The League Cup continues and, despite top-flight managers’ penchant for rotating their squads – as is usually the case at this stage – there are still three intriguing games.
Chelsea will be full of confidence for their home clash with Southampton after they thrashed Norwich 7-0 on Saturday to stay top of the table and it’s hard to imagine anything other than a comfortable home win for the Blues again. Chelsea are 1/2 to win in 90 minutes, Southampton are 11/2 and the draw is 10/3.
Boss Thomas Tuchel has confirmed he will make changes but he expects whoever comes into the side to perform at a similar level to those who shone against the Canaries at the weekend.
He said: “At the moment I’m happy that everyone who comes on and plays, plays with the same style and intensity. I’m in the spirit right now of what I like about the team, that when we play, we play and we push ourselves to the limit on this very special matchday, and this will be next on Tuesday against Southampton.
“It is a moment in the Carabao Cup to give some players some minutes. Still, it needs to make sense, it needs to be fair also to the player. Do we have his position available, do we have a position where he can show his potential, so he gets better and better?”
The other all-Premier League tie sees Arsenal, who are unbeaten in their last seven games, host Leeds, who have only picked up three victories in all competitions this season – and two of them were against Crewe and Fulham (on penalties) in the previous rounds. Arsenal are 3/5 to win in normal time, Leeds are 9/2 and the draw is 3/1.
Championship side QPR will hope to progress to the last eight at the expense of League One Sunderland when them two meet at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium (QPR 10/11, Sunderland 11/4, draw 11/4 – Match result).
If they do come out on top it would mark Rangers’ best performance in the competition since 1988-89, and boss Mark Warburton is getting excited at the ongoing cup run.
He said: “There are some big, Premier League names left in the hat, and it’s good for the supporters and good for the players, too, in terms of their learning and development.
“We want to go as far in the tournament as we possibly can and I think you always have to take competitions like this one seriously.
“We also have to take Sunderland seriously. They are a very, very good team and have cleverness and good ball delivery through the likes of Aiden McGeady and Alex Pritchard, who I know well. They have energy and are a good team.”