2017-18 Carabao Cup 4th round – Tuesday

Carabao Cup action resumes this week with action including Leicester City vs Leeds United, Bristol City vs Crystal Palace and Swansea vs Manchester United amongst others.

Will we see any cupsets or will tomorrow night prove to be smooth sailing for the bigger teams?

 

Arsenal vs Norwich

Arsenal will surely fancy their chances of progressing here against a likely changed Norwich team.

Arsene Wenger is however expected to field his Europa League team here and save his big hitters for Swansea next weekend. 

Both teams played on Sunday so there will be no fitness disadvantage for either team, making this an interesting match. 

Realistically, it will be the fittest team that wins but Arsenal are yet to lose at home this season. Therefore I am backing them to get the job done.

Prediction: Arsenal 2-0 Norwich

Result: Arsenal 2-1 Norwich AET

 

Bristol City vs Crystal Palace

Surprise package, Bristol City will fancy their chances of a cupset here against a struggling Crystal Palace side.

Both teams suffered losses at the weekend but City already have claimed two Premier League scalps in this competition.

Palace however are improving after a poor start so will be tougher competition than Watford and Stoke were.

Another positive is that Palace haven’t won on their last 11 trips to Bristol City with two of those defeats coming in the League Cup.

Unlike Palace, who only have scored through James McArthur, Bakary Sako and Wilfried Zaha, the Robins have had 12 goal scorers so far this season in all competitions.

Depending on the team line ups, that could well decide who is favourite to progress to the last eight.

 

Bristol City Lee Johnson
Bristol City boss, Lee Johnson is pumped up for this battle.

 

Ultimately, I reckon that Bristol City will do a job on Palace who are struggling and the away omen isn’t good.

Prediction: Bristol City 3-0 Crystal Palace

Result: Bristol City 4-1 Crystal Palace

 

Leicester City vs Leeds

This match is one for the purists because Leicester are struggling whilst Leeds are flying high. 

 

Leeds
High flying Leeds

 

Leicester are going to make changes, giving the likes of Daniel Amartey and Leonardo Ulloa an outing. 

Leeds however could field a near unchanged line up with Pontus Jansson coming in for the suspended Gaetano Berardi. 

Three of the last five meetings have ended in draws with both teams winning and losing one each. 

The Lilywhites however have plenty of dangerous players in their team with; Stuart Dallas, Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Samuel Saiz the most clinical out there on the pitch.

I personally feel that both teams cancel each other out and with their recent head to head record here, can only see a penalty shootout here.

Prediction: Leicester 1-1 Leeds (Leeds to win on penalties)

Result: Leicester 3-1 Leeds (After NT)

 

Swansea vs Manchester United

This is the first League Cup meeting but Swansea hold the upper hand, having beaten Manchester United 2-1 in their only cup meeting in January 2014 as part of FA Cup. 

Both teams suffered 2-1 defeats on Saturday so expect plenty of changes here. 

United however can’t afford to repeat their mentality from Saturday because if come here expecting a easy win, they will be in trouble. 

From my perspective, Man U will win this even with several changes. 

Prediction: Swansea 0-2 Manchester United

Result: Swansea 0-2 Manchester United

 

Manchester City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

Club history beckons for Manchester City tomorrow night if they can get through to the quarter finals.

Victory will see the Citizens claim their record 12th consecutive win whilst Sergio Aguero can become their all time record goal scorer. 

Should the Argentinean do that, he will break Eric Brook’s 177 goals record from 78 years ago. 

Wolverhampton Wanderers could make eight changes but with this being a huge match, I can’t see them making so many. 

These sides have met five times in the League Cup with Wolves winning the first three clashes by a 2-1 result. 

Since then, City have dominated by winning the last two cup meetings, although their first win came in second of two legs in 1987-88 competition.

They then didn’t meet for another 24 years, again at this stage with the Citizens winning 2-5 at Molineux.

This summer, these teams were amongst the big spenders in their league but I can see only one winner if Kevin de Bruyne starts.

 

Kevin de Bruyne
Kevin de Bruyne training ahead of Wolves clash

 

Prediction: Manchester City 4-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Result: Manchester City 0-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers AET (Manchester City win 4-1 on penalties)

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