Wednesday Football Cheat Sheet: Best bets for EFL Cup and more

  • Max Liu
  • 3:00 min read
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Get our experts best bets for the second night of EFL Cup quarter-finals as well as Ligue 1 action in France...

Nottm Forest v Wolves: Back goals as visitors go through

Nottm Forest 2.727/4 v Wolves 2.9215/8, the Draw 3.39/4

Max Liu says: "Wolves have won five of their last six meetings with Nottingham Forest in all competitions, including a 1-0 victory in their Premier League meeting in October. The Old Gold have made a decent start under new manager Julen Lopetegui and were unlucky to only draw 2-2 at Liverpool in the FA Cup on Saturday.

"No side has scored more League Cup goals than Nottingham Forest this season (9). We could see an open game as both clubs big to brighten up difficult campaigns with a semi-final appearance."

Max's Bet Builder: Back Wolves qualify, BTTS 'Yes' & Over 2.5 goals @ 4.51

Nottingham Forest v Wolves: Take the longest price of three outcomes

Tobias Gourlay says: "After struggling for goals earlier in the season, Wolves have scored on each of their last four PL road trips. At the other end, they have conceded in 8/9 league away games since the start of the season.

"Both of these two were also involved in high-scoring FA Cup ties at the weekend: Forest went down 4-1 at Blackpool while Wolves were more impressive in drawing 2-2 with Liverpool. At something close to even money, we'll take both teams to score again today.

"If you're looking for a goalscorer to create a Bet Builder around, perhaps Forest's Taiwo Awoniyi is your man. The Nigerian striker scored his team's winner against Southampton a week ago, then sat out the Blackpool defeat. He also notched in the last round of this competition - against Blackburn - and is 3.3 to find the back of the net once more."

Tobias's Bet Builder: Back the Draw & Awoniyi to score @ 11.6

Southampton v Man City: Goals to fly in at St Mary's in 7/2 shout

Southampton 16.015/1 v Man City 1.241/4, the Draw 7.06/1
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Paul Higham says: "Guardiola loves this competition having won it four times, only losing two (both against Man Utd) in 29 games (W22 D5) and the other elimination coming on pens against West Ham last year.

"He obviously takes it seriously, but is also helps when you look at the kind of 'second string' side he can field given the riches he's got in his squad, so it's no real surprise how good they are in this.


"And again here for the trip to St Mary's, after beating Chelsea twice in four days he can make changes again and call upon the likes of Haaland, De Bruyne, Stones and Gundogan who all stayed in the bench during the 4-0 FA Cup at the Etihad a few days ago.

"The Manchester derby is coming up at the weekend though so Guardiola does have rare genuine selection questions to answer as they're still so way behind Arsenal so we'll see how high up this rates in his priorities."

Paul's bet: Back over 3.5 goals & Ward-Prose shot on target @ 4.77/2

Lorient v Monaco: High goals the smart selection

Lorient 3.953/1 v Monaco 2.01/1, the Draw 3.953/1
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James Eastham says: "An open and high-scoring encounter looks likely when Lorient host Monaco at Stade du Moustoir this week.

"Team news is the main factor. Lorient's first-choice goalkeeper Yvon Mvogo is out, meaning less reliable deputy Vitor Mannone will start.

"In front of Mannone, Lorient's most important centre-back, Julien Laporte, as well as deputy Christian Matsima, are both ruled out. It means Lorient's defence will be more vulnerable than usual.

"There's a similar story the same at the other end of the pitch: Monaco are still adapting following the sale of Benoit Badiashile to Chelsea. Our selection is Over 2.5 & 3.0 on the Goal Lines market. In simple terms, if the game has three or more goals, you'll make a profit."

James' Bet: Back Over 2.5 & 3.0 on the Goal Lines @ 2.05


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