Thanks to the draw for the Carling Cup last sixteen, we are certain to have two Championship teams in the quarter finals with the remaining quartet of second flight teams being paired together.
For Cardiff and Burnley, it represents an excellent chance to make some progress in a competition that many top flight clubs don’t take seriously and both have done well in cup competitions over the last few years.
Cardiff are warm favourites to claim victory against a team that they drew 1-1 with at Turf Moor back in August, with Robert Earnshaw cancelling out Charlie Austin’s early opener. However, both managers will be tempted to field some fringe players for this match.
The Bluebirds knocked out Leicester in the last round on penalties and can be backed at 21/20 (Victor Chandler – £25 free bets) to claim victory in this match, having beaten Barnsley 5-3 on Saturday to end a run of three games without a victory.
Burnley have been struggling to cobble any sort of form together under Eddie Howe this term although Saturday’s 2-1 win at Coventry means they come into this match with plenty of confidence and the Clarets are an 11/4 chance (bet365 – £200 free betting) to win at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Austin was the match-winner at the Ricoh Arena after coming off the bench to score and he is an 8/1 chance to break the deadlock in this match, with Jay Rodriguez available at the same price after impressing in previous rounds.
Earnshaw will almost certainly start the game after playing just 13 minutes of Saturday’s match, although there could also be a start for Joe Mason who replaced the injured Kenny Miller at the weekend.