Midweek Football Cheat Sheet: League Cup and Champions League qualifiers

  • Max Liu
  • 3:00 min read
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta
Arsenal face a tricky trip to West Brom on Wednesday

Get the best football bets for Tuesday and Wednesday as Premier League clubs enter the League Cup and 12 teams battle for the last six places in the Champions League group stage...

"Arsenal have yet to score this season, but with West Brom having conceded in three of their four games, they should break their duck."

Barrow v Aston Villa: Premier League class will tell in EFL Cup

Barrow 8.415/2 v Aston Villa 1.434/9; The Draw 4.47/2
Tuesday 24 August, 19:45
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The boys from Barrow host Aston Villa in the second round of the EFL Cup on Tuesday and our previewer expects the top flight side to progress.

Dan Fitch says: "Aston Villa are the favourites at 1.434/9, with the draw at 4.47/2 and Barrow at 8.415/2.

"This looks like the perfect opportunity for Dean Smith to rotate his side a little, but at this tender stage of the season, players tend to be in need of minutes on the pitch rather than rest. It would therefore seem likely that we'll see some players that started against Newcastle in Smith's lineup.

"Villa reached the final of the EFL Cup in 2020 and Smith would be silly to take big chances with his selection, in a competition that he knows his team can go far in. Aston Villa are 2.26/5 to win half-time/full-time.

"Another option is backing an Aston Villa win and over 2.5 goals at 2.0521/20. You can get odds of 2.3811/8 for Villa to score over 2.5 goals themselves. That looks pretty good value considering that they have scored twice against both Watford and Newcastle in the Premier League this season and are now up against a fourth tier club."

Dan's bet: Back Aston Villa to win half-time/full-time against Barrow at 2.26/5

Huddersfield v Everton: Toffees can build on bright start

Huddersfield 6.86/1 v Everton 1.645/8; The Draw 3.814/5
Tuesday 24 August, 19:45

Everton fans may come round to having Rafael Benitez as their manager if the team can build on their strong start to the season. This trip to west Yorkshire on Tuesday night should hold little for the Premier League club to fear.

Dan Fitch says: "It's been an encouraging start for Rafa Benitez, with his Everton team following their opening win against Southampton with a 2-2 draw at Leeds on Saturday.

"Huddersfield won 2-1 at Sheffield United over the weekend, but a recent 5-1 home loss to Fulham, points to how this one might go. Everton are reasonably priced at 1.645/8.

Dan's bet: Back Everton @ 1.645/8

PSV v Benfica: Hosts must overturn narrow deficit

PSV v Benfica
Tuesday, 20:00

The two most famous teams in the third round of Champions League qualifiers meet with a place in Thursday's draw for the group stage up for grabs.

Max Liu says: "The Portuguese side looked comfortable at half-time in last week's first leg in Lisbon. Leading 2-0, they could have scored another and put the tie to bed.

Instead, Cody Gakpo pulled one back for PSV and they will go into the second leg on Tuesday believing they can book their place in the group stage.

Benfica are 1.68/13 favourites to qualify but an early goal for the hosts would really open this up.

Max's bet: Back under 2.5 goals @ 2.0421/20

West Brom v Arsenal: Back Baggies to pile pressure on Arteta

West Brom 3.711/4 v Arsenal 1.9420/21; The Draw 3.9
Wednesday 25 August, 20:00
Live on Sky Sports Main Event

After two matches, two defeats and no goals, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is the favourite to be the Premier League to lose his job in 2021/22. A win away to West Brom in the League Cup would give him a boost but a defeat but would put him under immense pressure.

Dan Fitch says: "It's a relatively big price for a club of Arsenal's stature away at a Championship side, but not a tempting one. There will be a lot of pressure, on what is likely to be a young Arsenal team and West Brom are playing well and have nothing to lose.

"This one could easily go into extra time and the draw appeals as the outsider in the result market at 3.9. West Brom are 1.834/5 to avoid defeat, Double Chance.

"Arsenal have yet to score this season, but with West Brom having conceded in three of their four games, they should break their duck.

"WBA have scored 11 goals from those four matches, of which seven came in two home games. The way that Arsenal have been defending this season, it's hard to see them keeping a clean sheet and both teams to score is 1.738/11."

Dan's bet: Back the draw at 3.8014/5

Newport v Southampton: Saints can pick up first win of season

Newport 5.14/1 v Southampton 1.784/5; The Draw 3.65
Wednesday 25 August, 19:45

A trip to south Wales looks like a potential early-season banana skin for Ralph Hasenhuttl's Saints. Can the fourth tier side continue their giant-killing in this competition or will James Ward-Prose and co. have too much for them?

Dan Fitch says: "Newport of League Two knocked out League One Ipswich in the first round of this competition, but Southampton are available at curiously generous odds here.

"The Saints produced an encouraging performance in their 1-1 home draw with Manchester United on Sunday and look value look value at 1.784/5, against a team three divisions below them."

Dan's bet: Back Southampton @ 1.784/5

Shakhtar v Monaco: Ukrainians plan to protect narrow lead

Shakhtar v Monaco
Wednesday, 20:00

Monaco's problem has been scoring goals of late but they will need to find the net in Donetsk on Wednesday if they're to turn this tie around.

Max Liu says: "Shakhtar won the first leg 1-0 thanks to Pedrinho's 19th minute goal. They proved adept at protecting their lead and could set up to do that in Donetsk on Wednesday.

Monaco are on a terrible run of three consecutive defeats in which they have failed to score so 'No' could be a bet in the Both Teams to Score market.

"Shakhtar are firm favourites to qualify at 1.351/3 with Monaco 3.613/5."

Max's bet: Back 'No' in Both Teams to Score @ 2.166/5.

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