It’s fair to assume that the Arsenal and Chelsea line-ups that take to the field at the Emirates Stadium for their Capital One Cup tie will be vastly different from those that began their respective Premier League fixtures at the weekend.
Nevertheless, there will still be enough quality on show to make for an entertaining encounter and with arguably more strength in the depth, it could be Jose Mourinho’s men that book their place in the next round.
The Blues are bet365′s 9/5 outsiders to emerge triumphant after 90 minutes while the Gunners are 13/8 chances at Betfred and it’s 13/5 courtesy of BetVictor to require extra-time but with the hosts set to field a more youthful eleven than their opponents, the away success is the best bet.
BetVictor’s post 15/4 against Mourinho’s charges shading it by one, Ladbrokes quote 10/1 for Chelsea to register a 2-1 victory and in attack there might be some game time for Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba, who are 9/1 (Winner.com) and 8/1 (BetVictor) respectively, to break the deadlock.
In the evening’s other matches, Coral make Manchester United just 4/11 to see of Norwich, Championship high-flyers Leicester tempt at 7/5 via BetVictor as they entertain Premier League Fulham and Stoke (11/10, Winner.com) should have too much for Birmingham.
At Turf Moor meanwhile, in-form Burnley and West Ham are 5/2 at bet365 to be inseparable in normal time.