We’re down to the last eight of the Capital One Cup as the competition heads into the quarter-final stage this week.
There are still a number of ‘big’ sides remaining in the competition, with Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham all sniffing round for more silverware.
Sunderland v Chelsea
Premier League strugglers Sunderland make their first appearance in the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time since the 2000/01 season when they lost to Crystal Palace.
After the slight resurgence under new boss Gus Poyet, the Black cats are winless in their last six in the league and the Uruguayan may choose to rest a few of his key players ahead of Saturday’s massive game against Norwich.
Poyet is already without Jack Colback through illness whilst Kieran Westwood and Carlos Cuellar are both unavailable through injury.
Jose Mourinho will be hoping to continue his impeccable record of never losing a League Cup tie in normal tie as boss at Chelsea and he’s likely to make a few changes to the squad with next Monday’s match against Arsenal in mind.
Chelsea came out 4-3 winners in the league in the same fixture two weeks ago and they’re 4/7 favourites with Paddy Power to win on Tuesday night. Bet 365 offer the best price on a Sunderland win at 11/2.
You can catch this one live on Sky Sports 1 from 7:45pm.
Leicester City v Manchester City
Leicester are the only non-Premier League side remaining in the League Cup this year after a thrilling 4-3 victory over Fulham in the fourth round.
Nigel Pearson’s side have slipped to third in the Championship table after picking just one point in nine and the East Midlanders will be without Chris Wood, Sean St. Ledger and Tom Hopper who are all out with injuries. Striker Jamie Vardy is expected to start despite nursing shoulder and foot injuries.
Manchester City come into the game off the back of their 6-3 humiliation of Arsenal on Saturday although boss Manuel Pellegrini could give some of his fringe players a run out this evening.
Sergio Aguero has already been ruled out for a month with a calf injury although Stefan Jovetic could return following a spell on the side lines.
David Moyes will be eyeing up the Premier League as a source of silverware on his debut season at Old Trafford after making a tricky start to their Premier League defence.
They face a tricky task on Wednesday against a plucky Stoke City side who are unbeaten in three, including the 3-2 home win over Chelsea a few weeks ago.
In Wednesday’s other quarter, manager-less Tottenham take on West Ham in an all-London clash at White Hart Lane, with Spurs coming in off the back of Sunday’s 5-0 thrashing by Liverpool, which cost Andre Villas-Boas his job.
The last time these sides met, West Ham marched on 3-0 winners at Upton Park, and they are my BET OF THE DAY to cause another upset, with Bet Victor offering generous odds of 7/1 on that happening.
Totesport offer the best odds on a Tottenham win at 8/15.
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