By News Team
24th August 2021
The Carabao Cup continues with the second round this week as we begin to see the introduction of Premier League sides on Tuesday and Wednesday.
We take a look at the stand-out fixtures coming up here.
West Brom v Arsenal
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side travel to The Hawthorns on Wednesday evening to face Championship club West Brom and the Spaniard will be desperate to pick up a win after an awful start to the season for the Gunners.
Arteta can take heart from the fact West Brom have won just two of their last 18 meetings with Arsenal in all competitions, with both of those two victories coming in the Premier League. This run has seen West Brom draw four games and lose 14. As expected, the Baggies head into this fixture as the 27/10 underdogs, but they have started the season strongly winning three and drawing once. They will not have a better time to face an Arsenal side.
Following their eighth-place finish last season, this will be Arsenal’s first appearance in the second round of the League Cup since the 1995-96 season, where they faced and beat Hartlepool United 8-0 on aggregate. Although Arteta’s side have suffered back-to-back losses in their opening two games this season, Arsenal have progressed from all four of their League Cup ties against West Brom, which will give them confidence heading into this one. The Gunners are priced as 19/20 favourites ahead of Wednesday’s fixture.
Watford v Crystal Palace
Tuesday evening sees Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace side travel to Vicarage Road to face fellow Premier League counterparts Watford in what should be an intriguing affair.
This fixture will be the first League Cup meeting between the two sides since August 1976, in which Watford came out 3-1 victors in the second round of the competition. Watford will hope for a repeat of that result here and are unbeaten in their last five home meetings with Palace in all competitions, winning two and drawing three. Watford head into the game as the 6/4 favourites.
Vieira has struggled in his opening few games as Palace manager following a 3-0 defeat to Chelsea on the opening day before being held to a goalless draw by Brentford on Saturday, but he will be looking to get his first win this time around. The Eagles, however, haven’t scored in any of their last three Carabao Cup matches, with their last two ending in penalty shootout defeats following 0-0 draws. A draw on Tuesday is 11/5 whilst a Palace win is priced at 13/8. Would you like to work out your potential winnings? Try our online betting calculator.
Newcastle v Burnley
Following on from Watford v Crystal Palace, Newcastle v Burnley is another all-Premier League affair that we will see this week in the second round of the Carabao Cup.
This will be the 110th meeting between Newcastle and Burnley in all competitions, but this will be the first time these two sides have ever met in the League Cup. Although Newcastle have had a tough start to the new season, Steve Bruce should be happy with what he has seen from his side in terms of performances and the Magpies are 21/20 favourites heading into this fixture. Burnley are also winless in their last 12 away League Cup matches against top-flight opponents so Newcastle could fancy their chances.
Burnley have had a torrid time visiting St James’ Park in recent years, not winning away at Newcastle since April 1976. In their last eight visits to St James’ Park, Burnley have drawn four and lost four. Sean Dyche’s men are priced at 5/2 to come away from with a win on Wednesday.