Carabao Cup Third Round Betting: Sticky for Toffees

Marco Silva has problems to deal with at Everton
Marco Silva has problems to deal with at Everton
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Andy Schooler picks out his best bets from the non-televised Carabao Cup third-round ties with struggling Everton facing more woe at Sheffield Wednesday...

"Given Everton's track record for starting seasons so poorly, it's no surprise to learn they've lost in the third round of the League Cup in eight of the last 14 seasons."

Back Sheffield Wednesday to beat Everton at 4.7.

Sticky situation for Toffees

Sheffield Wednesday [4.7] v Everton [1.79]; The Draw [4.1]
Tuesday 24 September, 19:45

Everton seem to start every season like this - with some inept displays, usually against opponents they are supposedly better than.

Despite an extremely kind fixture list with which to open their Premier League campaign, the Toffees have managed to win just two of six.

Away from home they've collected just one point and on Saturday the heat was really turned up on manager Marco Silva when they lost 2-0 at home to newly-promoted Sheffield United, leaving them in an uncomfortable position in the bottom half of the table.

As has so often been the case at this time of year, the table issues a stark reminder of what Everton's priorities need to be.

Given their track record for starting seasons so poorly, it's no surprise to learn they've lost in the third round of the League Cup in eight of the last 14 seasons.

Silva made five changes in the previous round when his men struggled to a 4-2 victory at Lincoln, finally winning 4-2 after two late goals. Expect a similar number here.

Their opposition here will be a level up on League One Lincoln - Wednesday sit ninth in the Championship and have conceded just seven times in eight league games.

That could be an obvious problem for Everton, who have netted once in three Premier League away matches so far.

Given the state of both clubs at present, Wednesday have to be value at [4.7].

Yes, they may also ring the changes - nine were made for the previous-round win over Rotherham - but Everton have lost to much-changed Norwich and Leeds sides from the Championship in recent years at this stage.

Bereft of confidence, this tie looks sticky for the Toffees, make no mistake.

Spurs can bounce back in style

Colchester [16.5] v Tottenham [1.2]; The Draw [7.6]
Tuesday 24 September, 19:45

There's a massive gulf in class between the Premier League's Champions League participants and teams in League Two these days and that seems likely to be shown here.

Yes, Colchester produced a great result to knock Crystal Palace out in the last round, winning on penalties after a goalless draw at Selhurst Park, but even being back on their own turf, this is a whole different ball game.

Goal-shy Palace cannot offer the same threat as Spurs, who fielded decent sides in this competition last season despite their Champions League schedule.

After a few dodgy results - beaten at home by Newcastle, blowing leads against Olympiakos and Leicester - the last thing Mauricio Pochettino needs right now is a cup upset and I'd expect him to put out a side more than capable of dismissing the lowest-ranked team left in the competition.

England internationals Eric Dier and Dele Alli could start here, as could the man who scored a Champions League semi-final hat-trick in May, Lucas Moura.

Colchester have been decent defensively but this is no longer League Two and I think Spurs winning both halves at odds-against - 6/5 is on offer - is decent business.

Deepdale goal-fest not a given

Preston [27] v Manchester City [1.12]; The Draw [11.5]
Tuesday 24 September, 19:45

After Manchester City's eight-goal blast against Watford at the weekend, I suspect more than a few people will be keeping a close eye on the scoreline in this tie.

After all, City beat a Championship side, Burton, 9-0 in this competition last season.

However, it hasn't always been plain sailing for City against lower-league opposition. Swansea were 2-0 up against them in the FA Cup last season, the year before they lost to Wigan, while Bristol City and Wolves are others from the second tier to have troubled them.

The 'win both halves' bet mentioned above is one City have often landed in recent times but here it looks one to avoid - away to lower-league opponents under Pep Guardiola, City have won this bet on only one of 10 occasions.

It should also be remembered that Preston currently sit third in the Championship having won five and drawn one of eight games so far.

However, in previous rounds they've made 11 and 10 changes. A repeat here could have dire consequences so I'd be looking to see the teams before getting too heavily involved in this one.

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Andy Schooler's P/L 2019/20

Staked: 11.5pts
Returned: 17.51pts
P/L: +6.01pts

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