By News Team
21st December 2020
After another weekend of Premier League football, it’s time for the League Cup quarter-finals as eight teams look to seal their place in the last four of the competition.
We take a look at the key fixtures to watch out for ahead of the action taking place across Tuesday and Wednesday night.
Arsenal v Man City
Things seem to be going from bad to worse for Arsenal. Despite the brief respite of last week’s draw with Southampton, it was another familiar feeling for the Gunners at Everton on Saturday as they picked up a fifth league defeat from their last seven games. Their current total of 14 points from 14 games so far is their worst record at this stage of a season since the 1974-75 campaign.
Therefore, a League Cup quarter-final against last year’s winners Manchester City is probably not the ideal fixture Mikel Arteta would have wanted for his side next. Despite home advantage, the Gunners are naturally the 15/4 underdogs for victory, but Arteta’s men could see this fixture as a much-needed break from their Premier League struggles – particularly when Arsenal have won more matches in cup competitions under Arteta than they have in the Premier League.
Pep Guardiola’s City side haven’t exactly been at their best this season either, currently sitting eight points off leaders Liverpool, albeit with a game in hand. But despite one win from their last three league games, they have at least turned a corner defensively, having now kept six clean sheets in their last seven games with John Stones and Ruben Dias continuing to impress at the back. As 8/13 favourites for victory at the Emirates and 7/4 favourites to lift the League Cup this season, City should prove too strong.
Everton v Man United
The League Cup quarter-final’s other standout fixture sees Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton welcome Manchester United to Goodison Park on Wednesday on a high from that 2-1 victory over Arsenal. The Toffees have suffered from inconsistency this season, but three wins from their last three in the league saw them scale the dizzying heights of second on Saturday night after seeing off the Gunners. Everton are set to be in the top four at Christmas for the first time since the 2004-05 campaign.
For all of United’s own inconsistencies this season, it’s now five wins in their last six league games for the Red Devils, with an impressive 6-2 victory over Leeds on Sunday seeing them join Everton on 26 points in the top four. With a game in hand over most of their rivals, everything is starting to look a lot rosier for the club. As a result, United head into Wednesday’s fixture as the 23/20 favourites, with the hosts priced at 11/5. With six wins from six away from home in the Premier League this season, that’s of little surprise.
Though just when you start to believe in this Manchester United side, they soon find a way to slip-up and Everton’s own confidence from recent performances could be enough to see them through. With the draw over 90 minutes priced at 5/2, this one could go the distance. The Toffees to advance on penalties is 11/2.