Coral look ahead to Spurs v West Ham and Chelsea v Everton in the Carabao Cup
Premier League quartet face-off in fourth round
Four of the Premier League’s big guns go head-to-head as the Carabao Cup fourth round reaches its conclusion.
Tottenham Hotspur will host West Ham United at Wembley, while managerless Everton travel to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea.
The Coral News Team have cast their eyes over both fixtures to bring you the best bets on Wednesday night…
London derby with a lot at stake
A trip to face a rampant Tottenham side is the last thing that Slaven Bilic needed this week. The West Ham boss is under significant pressure following Friday night’s 3-0 home defeat to Brighton. And that makes this hotly-contested London derby at Wembley a must-not-lose for the Hammers boss.
The trouble is, Spurs are in tremendous form. Mauricio Pochettino’s Lilywhites have won six of their last seven matches, with their only disruption being a 1-1 draw against Real Madrid. As a result, they’re odds-on at 1/2 to prevail in the tie. The Hammers are 11/2 for a repeat of their Carabao Cup victory over the North Londoners in 2013, while the draw inside 90 minutes is 17/5.
With Harry Kane set to miss the game, that should mean a starting berth up-front for Fernando Llorente. The Spaniard bagged 15 goals last season, including one against West Ham. He’s 3/4 to score Anytime and 14/5 to net the first goal.
And with both sides set to attack, the Coral News Team are expecting goals. Tottenham to Win and Both Teams to Score is handsomely priced at 17/10.
More woe for Everton at the Bridge
Everton have not won inside 90 minutes at Chelsea since Paul Rideout’s goal gave Joe Royle’s Blues a 1-0 victory in 1994. On that basis, and with the Toffees on a run of five without a win, it’s hard to see the 6/1 rated visitors advancing through to the next round.
However, at 4/9 there’s not a whole lot of value in a Chelsea win either. What the Coral News Team have noticed though, is that there tends to be goals whenever Antonio Conte’s side play at home in the Carabao Cup. In their last eight home games in this competition, there have been 32 goals scored. That makes Chelsea and Over 3.5 Goals look good value at 5/2.
As with most Carabao Cup matches, both sides should make changes. And that could mean a start for Michy Batshuayi. The Belgian ace bagged a hat-trick against Nottingham Forest in the last round and is 7/2 to score two or more against a leaky Everton defence.
For the visitors, Ademola Lookman could get a rare start. The Toffees’ 20-year-old forward has been limited in his appearances this season but looks a real nuisance whenever he gets on the field of play. He’s a tempting 4/1 to score Anytime in the contest.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing