Chelsea will rotate their squad for the visit of Wolves, while Everton are likely to do the same for a trip to Elland Road, while Manchester City play Aston Villa in one of two all-Premier League clashes. Bradford and Burton’s pairing means there will be one League Two team in the last sixteen.
Chelsea v Wolves 19:45
It’s anyone’s guess as to what sort of Chelsea team will line up to face Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday night, although with an impending trip to the Emirates Stadium this weekend, we can be sure that many stars will be given the night off.
The Blues have been reasonably successful in this competition over the past decade and they are a 2/7 chance (Paddy Power free bets) to beat their Championship opponents, with the likes of Ross Turnbull, Cesar Azpilicueta and Oriel Romeu all expected to start this match.
Wolves are as big as 12/1 to win at the Bridge which seems a massive price considering they are essentially playing Chelsea reserves, with Wanderers having won their last three matches including away victories at Ipswich and Peterborough United.
Leeds United v Everton 19:45
The Sky cameras are at Elland Road hoping to capture an upset although Everton manager David Moyes might be tempted to leave out some of his key players before matches against Southampton and Wigan which could keep the Toffees in the top four of the Premier League.
Everton have enjoyed an excellent start to their campaign, claiming four wins and a draw from their six games and they enjoyed a 5-0 win in the previous round of the competition. The visitors are a best price 10/11 (Blue Square) to win this cup tie, with Steven Naismith and Magaye Gueye likely to be involved.
Leeds beat Nottingham Forest on Saturday which ended a run of three matches without a win and Neil Warnock is likely to field a similar side to the one that triumphed 2-1 against the Tricky Trees. The Yorkshire side could be overpriced at 16/5 to win, with Luciano Becchio scoring for fun at the moment.
MK Dons v Sunderland 19:45
Eight games played and fourteen points on the board suggest that MK Dons are going to do well in League One this season and Karl Fletcher will enjoy pitting his team against Premier League opposition on Tuesday night.
The Dons have won three of their four home games this season and can be backed at 14/5 (Coral) to upset their north-east opponents, with Dean Bowditch having scored a hat-trick during a 4-1 win at Bury on Saturday.
However, there could be another Fletcher making an impact on Tuesday’s game, with new Sunderland striker Steven banging them in for fun since arriving from Wolves. He’s a 5/1 chance to score the first goal and there is every chance that Martin O’Neill will select a strong team for this match.
The Black Cats are 6/5 with William Hill to win the game and O’Neill might fancy challenging for this trophy considering many of the top teams are likely to take it less seriously thanks to their European involvement.
Manchester City v Aston Villa 19:45
With a trip to Fulham on Saturday followed by a Champions League title against Borussia Dortmund next week, we can hardly expect Roberto Mancini to field a strong team for Tuesday’s match although the City reserve side might prove too strong for the Villans.
The bookies are certainly wary of taking on the Citizens who are a best price 1/3 (bet365) and might well include Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez in attack, which is a pretty fearsome second string attack after Aguero and Dzeko began against Arsenal.
Jack Rodwell, Gareth Barry and Aleksandar Kolarov will all play a part, three players that would walk into the Aston Villa first team and Paul Lambert has some serious thinking to do after a 4-1 drubbing by Southampton on Saturday.
He is likely to field a strong team and give them the chance to redeem themselves, although whether they can oblige at odds of 9/1 remains to be seen.