Carling Cup holders Manchester United go into the last 16 clash against Wolves in confident mood having seen off Stoke on Sunday and although Sir Alex Ferguson will rest several players, they should still be strong enough to see off an inevitably under-strength Wanderers.
Sadly for punters William Hill’s 1/3 is the best price available for a home win ahead of the televised clash and so it could be wiser to focus on one of United’s fringe players, who is more than capable of making an impact.
Injury-prone strike Michael Owen should feature after recovering from groin trouble and after his brace against Scunthorpe in the previous round, he’s a contender to notch in this one. chalk him up at a tasty 13/10 to get on the scoresheet and that’s the value bet at Old Trafford.
West Brom have made an excellent start to the season but boss Roberto Di Matteo is likely to make several changes as he takes his side to Leicester and the home side, showing signs of improvement under Sven Goran Eriksson can cause a mini-upset at the Walkers Stadium. The Foxes are 11/5 with Ladbrokes to prevail in normal time and 6/5 (Paddy Power) to qualify for the quarter final.
Elsewhere, Brentford look unlikely to repeat their heroics from the previous round when they got the better of Everton, as they take on Birmingham at St Andrews. Alex McLeish could field a strong line-up as he did against MK Dons and with towering striker Nikola Zigic likely to cause problems for the Bees rearguard, a goal from the awkward Serb at 11/10 (bet365) looks better value than a flutter on the Blues at 4/11 with Betfred.
Ipswich meanwhile, are a banker at 8/15 courtesy of 888Sport to defeat struggling Northampton, who have lost their last five and Wigan (evens, Betdaq) should edge out Swansea at the DW Stadium but only the brave will risk money on such a tough-to-call fixture.
Michael Owen to score against Wolves – 13/10 ()
Leicester to qualify – 6/5 (Paddy Power)