The busy football period doesn’t seem to stop at the moment with eyes now focusing on the EFL Cup. We are relishing the chance to give our betting tips during this festive period. This week is the quarter finals with Man UTD, Man City, Arsenal, West Ham, Leicester, Chelsea, Bournemouth and Bristol City all in action.
Arsenal v West Ham – Tuesday 19th
The biggest story going into this match is that Manuel Lanzini has been suspended after being deemed to have deceived the referee in the 3-0 win against Stoke City. He will miss this crunch match for a chance to give the Hammers to cheer about by getting into a semi-final.
This is an interesting fixture as West Ham continue to improve under David Moyes. They have picked up wins against Chelsea and Stoke. The Chelsea game will give them the most confidence and the thought they could win this.
Unfortunately for them, Arsenal is also on a decent run of form having not lost in the last seven. With Ozil brimming with confidence and Jack Wilshere being able to get through a game they also have some much-needed killer instinct. It will be interesting to see if Giroud plays ahead of Lacazzette but either way, I think they will have too much for the Hammers.
Leicester City v Manchester City – Tuesday 19th
It is getting easier and easier to get it right with Manchester City as their unbeaten and winning run continues in the league. If you have a free bet to spend you might as well use it on them at the moment to pick up extra funds. For this game however Pep Guardiola might be tempted to continue using fringe players like Yaya Toure and Bernardo Silva who don’t see many minutes in the league. Even at this half strength City are a frightening proposition.
Leicester seemed to have been improving in the last few weeks but a shock 3-0 loss to Crystal Palace has slammed them back to the ground. They looked decidedly average in the game with even Riyadh Mahrez looking a shadow of their former self. The fact manager Claude Puel got to the final with Southampton last year might give them in a grain of hope, but in truth, they would be wise to maybe just see out this game. They should be concentrating on the league and a cup quarter-final against a Man City side in this kind of form could be a step too far.
Manchester United v Bristol City – Wednesday 20th
Manchester United are the defending champions and the only side not to face Premier League opposition at this stage of the tournament. That is a lot of worry for the players going into the game. They don’t want to be humiliated. Even with only a one league gap between them thanks to the sheer spending power of United these days this would indeed be a giant killing. Bristol City is a team in form in the league and for the fans, a Carabao Cup run has been a welcome change.
Unfortunately, for manager Lee Johnson he will be without Famara Diedhiou, Gary O’Neil, Jens Hegeler, Ivan Lucic (all knee), Callum O’Dowda (ankle) and Eros Pisano (hamstring) through injury. This is probably a step too far for the Robins but as they are currently sitting pretty at third in the table, perhaps it would be good for them to put all their attention on the league. I think this will be a Manchester United win but closer than you might think.
Chelsea v AFC Bournemouth – Wednesday 20th
Like Manchester City, Chelsea will try their fringe players in the Carabao Cup. This surprises us at Betting Tip Stars because with Man City all but winning the Premier League already this seems like a good chance for Chelsea to get some silverware. A season without might be too much for trigger happy Abramovich. Players like Batshuayi will want to impress and score some goals against a Bournemouth side struggling. While it may seem like prudent behaviour to save his team for the league and survival Eddie Howe is just not that kind of manager so I expect a proper go by Bournemouth in this match with Chelsea scraping through. But expect the big boys to come ut and play in the semi-final.