The same applies with the Gunners when they host Coventry City, while Andre Villas-Boas’ decision to treat the Europa League seriously means that he will surely field youngsters for the long trip north to Carlisle United. Brendan Rodgers might also opt against risking too many first-team players for a second visit to The Hawthorns of the season.
Carlisle v Tottenham Hotspur 19:45
Carlisle United supporters were delighted when the draw was made and Spurs were selected as the Premier League team making the long trip to Brunton Park for what should be an entertaining tie.
The Blues have made a solid start in League One, having accrued 12 points from 8 games including a 2-1 win at Coventry on Saturday which means they stand just two points off the play-offs. A win on Wednesday would boost confidence levels and Sky Bet offer 13/2 about Carlisle pulling off a shock.
Danny Cadamarteri arrived in the summer after previous spells at a host of clubs including Everton, Leeds, Sheffield United, Leicester and Huddersfield. The 32-year-old will hope to cause problems for the Spurs defence and can be backed at 12/1 to score first.
Tottenham are likely to field a reasonable team as they have a talented squad including two top-class goalkeepers which means Hugo Lloris will be between the sticks and the likes of Michael Dawson, Steven Caulker and Tom Huddlestone will all be involved.
The visitors are 1/2 (BetVictor) to come away with a victory in normal time and they might have too much quality for their opponents, although they won’t be without a few uncomfortable moments in front of a packed Brunton Park.
Manchester United v Newcastle United 19:45
The Red Devils might start the season with the League Cup at the bottom of the pecking order, although Sir Alex Ferguson’s team have won this competition in 2006, 2009 and 2010. However, we shouldn’t expect the Scot to field a strong team for Wednesday’s match at Old Trafford, with Danny Welbeck and Anderson likely to be the senior players on show.
United are a best price 1/2 (Paddy Power free bets) to claim victory and book their place in the last sixteen, with Tom Cleverley and Alexander Buttner also expected to line up against the Magpies and the latter was impressive when making his debut against Wigan.
Newcastle will not be risking the likes of Hatem Ben Arfa, Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse for this match, with Pardew putting his faith in the same players that drew with Maritimo in the Europa League. They are 6/1 (William Hill) to cause an upset.
Arsenal v Coventry City 19:45
Arsenal have not won the League Cup since 1993 and that is because Arsene Wenger has traditionally used the competition to blood youngsters, something that won’t change when his team face Coventry on Wednesday night.
It’s a good draw for the Gunners who will expect to make progress against their League One opponents and odds of 2/9 (BetVictor) are available about the north London side booking their place in the last sixteen of the competition.
Perhaps Theo Walcott will get a start considering the England winger was only on the bench at Manchester City, while Andre Santos and Olivier Giroud are also likely to line up against a Midlands side who are now managed by Mark Robins.
Robins saw his team beaten at home by Carlisle on Saturday and will simply be looking for a solid performance against Premier League opposition, with 14/1 about the Sky Blues causing an almighty shock.
West Brom v Liverpool 20:00
Brendan Rodgers would love to see his team earn a confidence-boosting win at The Hawthorns on Wednesday night but not at the expense of securing three much-needed points at Carrow Road this weekend and that’s why we will see the Liverpool manager field a weakened team.
The Reds have already played a fair few games this season thanks to their Europa League involvement and the likes of Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and Glen Johnson are likely to be given the night off against a West Brom side who beat Liverpool 3-0 on the opening day of the season.
The Baggies have enjoyed a strong start to the season and Steve Clarke appears open to the idea of embarking on a cup run in his first campaign with the Baggies, with the Midlands side available at an attractive 19/10 (bet365 £200 free bets) to claim victory.
Liverpool are 8/5 to win the match and they are the competition holders after beating Cardiff City in the final on penalties last season although a poor start in the Premier League means it is imperative for the Merseyside club to put the cup competitions on hold.