EFL Cup: Round of 16

EFL Cup Round of 16

We still have a handful of Championship sides remaining in the EFL Cup draw including Leeds Unites, Middlesbrough and Norwich. All three find themselves playing Premier League sides away from home in the Round of 16. Can the spirit of the Cup reign supreme…

Man City v Wolves – (Wed 5:45am)
City’s near perfect season continued with a 3-0 win over Burnley at the weekend but The Wolf warns people against writing off Wolves before they even walk out on the pitch. The Midlands side are doing their own version of flying in The Championship. Like City they are top of the league and hold a superior goal differential to the rest of the competition. They are unlike any team that we have seen in The Championship in recent years. Traditionally Championship squads have been made up largely of English players but not this Wolves side. The combination of a wealthy Chinese owner, Jorge Mendes (the super player agent) and Nuno (former Porto and Valencia manager) have transformed Wolves into a side worthy of a place in the Premier League. Like City they playa possession style of football with their midfield duo of Saiss and Neves combination for 120 passes per game this season. Guardiola is likely to rest De Bruyne, Silva, Walker and Fernandinho as he did in their last EFL Cup fixture. It means game time for Yaya Toure, Delph, Gundogan and Danilo. It opens the door for Wolves and although The Wolf doesn’t think they will win, he feels strongly about them competing and keeping this one close.
Best: Both Teams To Score – YES ($1.80)
Value: Handicap Wolves +2 ($3.10)

Swansea v Man Utd – (Wed 5:45am)
United’s unbeaten start to the season came to an end at the hands of a energetic Huddersfield. The loss means that Man Utd have not come from behind to win a Premier League game since 2013! The Swans have not been shy when taking on the Red Devils and have a very respectable record against them. In the last 7 meetings they have managed 3 wins and a draw – finding the back of the net in all but one of those encounters. The Swans have lost their spark in attack following the departure of Sigurdsson but they will be afforded every opportunity to attack in this one. Mourinho will use Martial and Lingard out wide with Darmian and Blind to play a role on the flanks. His League Cup lineup doesn’t have the steel of the one we are used to seeing in the EPL and in an open game The Swans will create more than enough chances. Expecting goals galore in this one.
Best: Over 2.5 goals ($1.72)
Value: Swansea Over 1.5 goals ($4.40)

Chelsea v Everton – (Thur 5:45am)
Trouble is a word we can associate with both clubs in recent weeks – the only difference is that one of them has been able to fight through them while for the other they have just gotten bigger. Everton sacked manager Ronald Koeman and his staff following the 5-2 loss at home to Arsenal and things don’t look like improving any time soon. They have won just 2 of their last 13 matches and one of those was their last EFL Cup match at home to Sunderland. Chelsea may want to take a leaf out of Chelsea’s ‘dealing with adversity’ book. With Kante sidelined they continue to lose the midfield battle but have found a way to get results. They found a late equaliser against Roma and 2 goals in the final minutes in the match against Watford. Cheslea have won their last 3 against The Toffees with a combined scoreline of 10-0. The Wolf cannot see Everton making any impression.
Best: Chelsea WIN ($1.44)
Value: HT/FT – Chelsea/Chelsea ($2.05)

Tottenham v West Ham – (Thur 6:00am)
Spurs are coming off their best performance but we cannot compare what we saw on the weekend with what we will see in this fixture. The main reason is due to the fact that Kane and Eriksen are likely to sit this one out – especially with a match against Man Utd to follow. Sissoko, Son and Llorente will line up for Spurs. As a result The Wolf isn’t expecting the same free flowing attack. Hammers manager Slaven Bilic has survived the guillotine for now and is set to make wholesale changes as he goes in search of a reaction. There will be no holding back and after their 5 goal thriller in the league just a few weeks ago The Wolf is expecting this one to make headlines.
Best: Both Teams To Score – YES ($1.61)
Value: Over 3.5 goals ($2.15)