Reading v Arsenal - Capital One Cup 4th Round
Reading (10/3 90 mins, 6/4 to qualify) host Arsenal (5/6 90 mins, 1/2 to qualify) at the Madejski Stadium in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night, in this all Premier League clash. League form is likely to go out the window when the two teams compete for the second most important knockout competition of the domestic season but there should still be some exciting emerging talent on show.
Reading, who have never made it past the fifth round in the League Cup, are making Premier League survival their top target this season, and have no new injury concerns after their 3-3 draw with Fulham at the weekend.
Danny Guthrie(25/1 first goal, 8/1 anytime) is likely to figure after being left out of the squad for the Fulham match but Jem Karacan is still out with a knee injury.
Their third round victory against QPR in this year's competition is their only ever victory over Premier League opposition, but they have scored in each of their last 14 League cup ties, scoring a total of 35 goals. But bear in mind that they have not kept a clean sheet in the last 11 league and cup games.
2 time champions Arsenal are likely to make sweeping changes to their starting line up from the side that faced Queens Park Rangers on Saturday. They face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday so we are likely to get a look at their "strength in depth", which should encourage some of the younger members of their squad.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who told shareholders last week that the League Cup is the Gunners' lowest priority this season, has already indicated that Jack Wiltshire will be rested for the tie. The 20 year old made his long awaited comeback from 17 months on the sidelines and proved The Gunners' star player at the weekend, and will not be risked.
This should pave the way for the likes of Serge Gnabry(7/1 first goal, 2/1 anytime) and Emanuel Frimpong(25/1 first goal, 8/1 anytime) to step up to the plate, along with the more experienced players such as Theo Walcott(7/1 first goal, 2/1 anytime) and Andrey Arshavin(7/1 first goal, 2/1 anytime). Arsenal are now seven years without a trophy, and coupled with the sale of key players, success here would surely go some way to satisfying their frustrated fans. If Arsenal are to qualify for the quarter finals it will be their 10th on the bounce and 25th in the competition history.
The head to head record does not make happy reading for the Reading fans. Arsenal have won all nine if their previous league and cup meetings against Reading. Arsenal have also won six of their last nine against Premier League opposition in this cup.
So it's all set up for another trilling installment of the Capital Cup and don't forget that William Hill will be offering all the usual pre-match and in play markets.