Betting: League Cup 24.09.14Jake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Tonight’s League Cup games look to be fairly easy to call, but if this season has taught us anything so far it’s that the big teams can be taken out by the underdogs when they’re least expecting it. Take a look at my betting tips below for everything you need to know before you bet on tonight’s big games.
Chelsea v Bolton – 19.45 Stamford Bridge
City’s manager Manuel Pellegrini this weekend labelled Chelsea “a small team” but Chelsea, who currently reside at the top of the Premier League will resume their heavyweight status tonight when they host Bolton at Stamford Bridge.
The odds are stacked against Bolton Wanderers who are currently struggling in their Championship campaign. Dougie Freedman’s side have won just one league game from eight matches and barely scraped through their first two games in the Cup despite playing low-league opposition.
Despite the clear difference in standard of the two teams, Chelsea are approaching the game with the humility and respect they feel any opponent deserves.
It’s a game we have to be wary of, give full respect to the opposition,” said Chelsea assistant manager Steve Holland. “We had an experience against Swindon, who were League One, last season that was uncomfortable.
“You underestimate clubs and teams in a lower league at your peril. You’ll be in trouble if that’s the case.”
Despite the fact that Chelsea have won the last nine times these teams have faced each other, Bolton haven’t ruled out their chances of winning.
“We don’t have anything to lose,” said Bolton defender Tim Ream. “It is a cup game and you go in with the mind-set to give it all you’ve got, just like we do in the league.
Carl Calls It: If you’re betting on the game then you don’t need me to tell you to back Chelsea. Why not make it a little more interesting by predicting the score at Betway? Chelsea to win 3-0 is priced at 11/2 at Betway which returns £65 on a £10 bet.
Manchester City v Sheffield Wednesday – 19.45 Etihad Stadium
The League Cup was the first trophy that manager Manuel Pellegrini won with Manchester City so the Cup will always hold a special significance for the team. However the team will be especially desperate for victory tonight having no won any of those last four competitions.
Although Sheffield Wednesday may pose less of a threat to City than the tougher opposition they’ve faced lately, they’ll still be anxious to get back to their winning ways.
Pellegrini has confirmed that City will not underestimate Sheffield Wednesday, saying, “When you play against a Championship team it is very difficult, the motivation is not the same and they always try to come here and win. Last season, we were eliminated here in the FA Cup against Wigan, a Championship team.”
Wednesday have lost only one of the 10 matches they have played in all competitions this season and have conceded just four goals. Manager Stuart Gray is thrilled for his team to be heading to the Etihad Stadium tonight, commenting “We will be facing a team full of internationals but it will be a great opportunity for my players to test themselves against world class players.
“Very rarely do you get these opportunities so we’ll play with a freedom, we’ll play relaxed, we’ll be composed but one thing we will do is play with 100% commitment as well.”
Carl Calls It: There’s easy money to be had backing City in this game but for your best bet Paddy Power has a City 2-1 victory priced at 8/1 which will return £90 from a £10 bet.