League Cup 2014

This entry was posted on Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Like Andy Murray before he gave his views on Scottish independence, the League Cup* (we know it’s called something else) used to be better in the old days and we can’t help but appreciate it has lost it’s magic. However with the likes of not only Bradford, but Swansea and Sunderland visiting in recent campaigns they’ll be a lot of belief some of the less traditional Wembley visitors can find their way to the final.

Arsenal welcome Southampton on Tuesday night and Wenger will look to preserve his impressive record of not exiting the tournament at the first opportunity since a defeat to Sunderland in the 2002/03 campaign. Arsenal don’t have a host of youngsters to bring in as they once did and the bulk of the team will be International footballers, yet defensively Arsenal may be found out with rookie Isaac Hayden expected to play at Centre Back. Goals should be on the agenda. It’s 4/6 we see over 2.5 with Bet365 and 13/8 with Paddy Power we see over 3.5

At least one League One side will make the fifth round after Leyton Orient’s reward for beating Aston Villa was a tie at home to Sheffield United. Three points separate the two sides but Orient’s season could finally be about to get going after Russell Slade was linked with first a sacking and then the vacant job at Cardiff. The Blades were smashed 5-2 at Swindon over the weekend and Orient should be able to finally get their first home of the season. Back Orient to qualify at 8/11 with Bet365.

Liverpool could be prime for an upset when in form Middlesbrough visit this week. Tony Mowbray’s side have won four of their five on the road in all competitions this season whilst Liverpool are looking a fraction of the 2013/14 team which is surely down largely to the absence of Luis Suarez and injury to Daniel Sturridge. Liverpool at 1.47 on Betfair have to be a lay whilst we would certainly consider Middlesbrough +2 on the handicap at 7/10 with Ladbrokes.

Hull will have been disappointed to have seen their two goal lead vanish in the final fifteen minutes of their trip to Newcastle this weekend and despite West Brom picking up their first win of the season, we fancy Hull to advance in this all Premier League clash. Hull of course didn’t play in the second round due to playing in the Europa League qualifiers whilst Oxford pushed the Baggies all the way to penalties. Hull should put out a stronger side and at 11/5 with Bet365 to win the game and 11/10 with Ladbrokes to qualify we’ll back the away side.

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