Carabao Cup Quarter Finals Preview And Tips
This week, we have the four quarterfinal ties in the Carabao Cup taking place, Covid-19 permitting, and there are some big names still left in the trophy hoping that they can reach at least the semifinals, if not the Final of the competition in early 2022.
Of the eight teams competing, seven are from the Premier League, with just one team from outside the top flight remaining in the competition. The quarterfinals also feature two exciting London derbies, as well as a manager heading back to a former club.
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Carabao Cup Quarterfinals
All games kick off at 7.45pm. All odds shown were correct with bet365 Sport as of the time of writing but may have changed in the meantime.
Tuesday 21st December
Arsenal v Sunderland
There is no doubt that the Gunners drew the team that all the other sides in the competition wanted to face. No disrespect to Sunderland, who are doing well in League One this season, but they should be a much easier prospect than facing any of the other six sides in the competition.
It also helps that Arsenal come into this game on the back of winning all their last three games, including an impressive 4-1 victory over Leeds at the weekend, a win which moved them fourt points clear of West Ham in fourth spot in the Premier League table.
Sunderland though are no slouches themselves and they beat QPR on penalties to reach this stage of the competition. They’ve taken advantage of a favourable run of opponents in the competition to reach this stage but this will be the first time that they face Premier League opposition in the competition this season.
After a dismal run of results at the end of October and into early November, Sunderland have performed well in their league games and are unbeaten in their last six.
That said, it would be a huge surprise if even an under-strength Arsenal side, which is likely to be the case ahead of a potentially busy festive period, don’t win this game. Even with back ups playing in most positions, Arsenal should be able to field a very strong team.
I have no doubt that Sunderland will put up a fight here but it would be a stunner if Arsenal don’t emerge with a solid win to move into the semifinals here.
Correct Score Tip – Arsenal 3-0 Sunderland – 6/1.
Wednesday 22nd December
Brentford v Chelsea
Brentford have been one of the surprise packages of the Premier League season this year with some excellent performances, such as beating Arsenal and drawing with Liverpool, while the way that they have played the game has drawn many admiring glances from fans seeing Thomas Frank’s team for the first time.
However, their draw in the Carabao Cup wasn’t kind as after big wins over Forest Green and Oldham Athletic, the Bees now face a very tough test against the current European Champions and Premier League title chasers Chelsea.
Thomas Tuchel’s team come into this game not in the best of form and a draw at the weekend away to Wolves means that they have now won just one of their last four Premier League games and in doing so, now lie six points behind Manchester City, who are top of the table.
Of course, in the League Cup, Chelsea have been rotating players for these games but even so, they can still put out a very strong team, certainly a much stronger team than if Brentford were to do the same in this game, which may be a consideration given the hectic Christmas period on the horizon.
It is that strength in depth that I will be decisive in this game as I think Chelsea can still put out a very strong team that could beat Brentford at their strongest, even with some players sat on the bench who would otherwise start.
Correct Score Tip – Brentford 1-2 Chelsea – 15/2.
Liverpool v Leicester City
Jurgen Klopp has made no secret of his desire to give his fringe players an opportunity to impress in this competition and to be fair, they have done that with very solid away victories against Norwich City and Preston in the previous two rounds, both achieved without conceding a goal.
Add to that a similar team beating AC Milan 2-1 in the San Siro on Matchday 6 of the Champions League Group Stage, and you can see why Liverpool fans feel that there team may well be on for a bit of success in this tournament this year.
To move on though, Liverpool will have to face a Leicester City side that are the current FA Cup holders Leicester City. A team that have been marked by their inconsistency this season, especially away from home where they have struggled at times against a number of opponents.
Both teams have had their issues with Covid-19 seeing players unable to play due to being isolated and it is going to be interesting to see if any of those players are back for this game. It seems unlikely for both teams given the number of players affected and when they tested positive.
I can see both sides picking strong teams here, though I do feel both will also rest key men ahead of the Christmas period but with Liverpool being unbeaten at home this season in all competitions, it is hard to see them being upset here against a Leicester side whose form has been so up and down throughout the season so far.
Correct Score Tip – Liverpool 2-0 Leicester City – 8/1.
Tottenham Hotspurs v West Ham United
Wednesday’s other London derby promises to be the most exciting game of the round as Tottenham and West Ham vie for a place in the semifinals. Both teams will view this trophy as a way of securing some silverware, something that both teams have been short of in the past few years.
The last time the teams met at White Hart Lane, Spurs led 3-0 in the final ten minutes before West Ham staged a remarkable comeback to earn a 3-3 draw and since that game, the Hammers have beaten Spurs twice at the London Stadium.
David Moyes has tended to play strong teams in this competition so far, and they have already knocked out both Manchester City and Manchester United from this competition so far. Many would argue that this alone makes them deserving of the win here.
Spurs have beaten Wolves on penalties and Burnley to reach this stage of the competition and after a pulsating 2-2 draw with Liverpool at the weekend, they will probably feel more confident of their chances against a West Ham side that have hit a poor run of form heading into the festive period.
I can see this one needing extra time to decide the winner and so my pick for the 90 minutes is a draw, but with West Ham doing enough to win the tie on penalties.
Correct Score – Tottenham 1-1 West Ham – 5/1.