In one of the ties of the round, Chelsea are set to host Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in the Carabao Cup.
The introduction of Frank Lampard as the club’s new manager has been an inspired change at the top for the Blues, who now find themselves in their strongest position for a good few years. They’re on the path towards achieving some big things with Frank, with many believing that he will be at the club for quite some time. They’ve had to rely on their youth as a direct result of their transfer ban, but you can’t say that it hasn’t paid off in the early stages of the new campaign.
Chelsea have been picture perfect across their last six games, and it doesn’t seem like their momentum is going to slow down anytime soon. They beat Ajax and Lille in the Champions League, and in the Premier League, they did their job in an efficient manner against Burnley, Newcastle, Southampton and Brighton.
Manchester United (14/5)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hasn’t exactly given United fans many reasons to be excited about the future of the club as of late, with some questioning whether or not he should’ve even been hired in the first place. There have been glimpses of greatness here and there, but in order to really get this club back to where many believe they belong, there are big changes that need to be made starting at the very top. Whether or not Ole will be around to see those changes is a different matter altogether.
The slow yet steady grind back to the top for United began with a 1-0 win over Partizan in the Europa League, which they were able to follow up with a nice 3-1 triumph over Norwich City. In their other Europa League tie recently they drew 0-0 against AZ Alkmaar, having also picked up a point apiece against Liverpool and Arsenal. Their only loss in their last six was a bad one, though, falling to Newcastle United.
We can’t imagine this being an overly entertaining affair for the neutral, although it’s bound to be pretty stressful for both clubs involved. They’ll be well aware of the fact that a win here would make them one of the favourites to win the whole thing from the quarter-final stage onwards, and as such, we’re going to back Chelsea to secure the victory. Neither team are likely to play their strongest starting XIs and there’s nothing wrong with that, but the Blues just have a bit more confidence about them throughout their entire squad.
There shouldn’t be too many goals to jump up and down about here, so we’re going to back the under 2.5 goals market in this one.
Verdict: Back the home win at odds of 19/20 and the under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 19/20. (All odds are taken from bet365).