By News Team
22nd September 2020
The League Cup continues this week with a whole host of new ties as we enter the third round of the competition.
Last week’s games threw a few curveballs with Wolves, Southampton, Leeds and Crystal Palace all losing to lower-league opposition.
The Premier League’s big teams enter the tournament at this stage and we’ve previewed a couple of the key ties to watch out for this week.
All-Premier League clash at the King Power
Leicester host Arsenal in their third-round fixture in an all-Premier League tie at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday. Leicester reached the semi-finals of the competition last season but narrowly missed out after defeat to Aston Villa. The Foxes will be looking to build upon that run this season as they attempt to win silverware for the first time since their incredible Premier League-winning season four years ago, and are 16/1 outsiders to go all the way this term.
Brendan Rodgers’ men have got off to a great start in the league, having beaten both West Brom and Burnley, scoring 7 goals across both games while only conceding two, to fire them to the top of the table. They’re 15/8 to continue that form and see off the Gunners on Wednesday night and could well be worth backing.
Arsenal, though, have also had a decent start to the season, securing maximum points from their opening two league games. While they did struggle last time out against West Ham, they have generally looked rejuvenated under Mikel Arteta, and winning the FA Cup last season as well as the Community Shield last month has given them the taste for success. They’re 9/1 to win the League Cup this season – a trophy they’ve not lifted since 1993.
The extension of captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contract has raised spirits at the club and new signings including Gabriel and Willian have fitted into the squad well. The Gunners are the 29/20 favourites to advance to the fourth round, while it’s 8/11 for both teams to score in what should be an exciting game.
Liverpool to dodge Lincoln banana skin
On Thursday it’s the turn of League One side Lincoln City to welcome the defending Premier League champions Liverpool to the LNER Stadium, with the hosts eager to upset the odds.
Michael Appleton’s Lincoln side finished last season in a steady 16th position in League One, but have come out of the gates flying this term with wins against MK Dons and Oxford United to leave them second in the table. They should then be full of confidence about taking on the world champions, though at 16/1 for victory against the Reds they have a mammoth task ahead of them. That said, the League One outfit will look to use their moment to cause an upset and it won’t be easy for Jurgen Klopp’s men.
Liverpool have made a good start to the Premier League season, securing maximum points from their opening two games, including an important victory over title rivals Chelsea at the weekend. Many questioned how the Reds would approach this season and their shaky start against Leeds raised a few eyebrows, but that win over 10-man Chelsea has put them back on track as they controlled the flow of the game and looked comfortable throughout.
Klopp is likely to rotate his side for Thursday’s game, having selected inexperienced squads in this competition in the past, offering Lincoln some hope of an upset. Liverpool, though, should have too much for their opponents, whoever they pick and are 2/11 to claim the win. New boy Diogo Jota could also be handed his debut following his arrival from Wolves and he is Evens to get on the scoresheet at the LNER Stadium.