Carling Cup Fourth Round Tips
The fourth round of the Carling Cup continues on Wednesday night with last season’s runners-up Aston Villa hosting Championship side Burnley at Villa Park. Arsene Wenger takes his talented young squad up North to face Newcastle while West Ham welcome Stoke City to Upton Park. Last night’s Carling Cup betting tips resulted in profit so let’s take a look at the betting for tonight’s games.
Carling Cup Betting
West Ham v Stoke – 13/10 (Draw 9/4) 21/10
The two sides met in the Premier League last month in a match that ended 1-1. This time round West Ham manager Avram Grant is under severe pressure, and it will be no surprise to see him field a full-strength side. He can also take confidence from the fact that Stoke have lost their last two competitive games. Both sides knocked out Premiership opposition in the third round
Half-time/Full-time: West Ham 11/4 2pt win
There isn’t much between the two sides in terms of history. From their last five premier league meetings, either side has won twice. With home advantage and a much-needed quarter-final berth at stake, I expect Avram Grant to start his key players. At this stage in the competition last season, Grant guided Portsmouth to a 4-0 win over Stoke!
Anytime Goalscorer: Scott Parker (West Ham) 7/1 1pt win
Parker was influential in West Ham’s 1-1 draw against Stoke last month and it was his strike that created the opening goal of the match. He’s seems way overpriced so hopefully we can see more of the same this time round
Newcastle v Arsenal – (Draw 12/5) 5/6
Arsenal are without the suspended Jack Wilshere and it’s unlikely that captain Cesc Fabregas will feature. Arsene Wenger will also rest Samir Nasri and Marouane Chamakh. Newcastle manager Chris Hughton will look to his fringe players who performed heroics against Chelsea in the last round
Handicap Betting: Arsenal -2 11/2 4pt win
Despite Arsene Wengers resting his star players, the Frenchman can call upon the likes of Tomas Rosicky, Theo Walcott and Nicklas Bendtner for their Carling Cup clash against Newcastle. Summer-signing Laurent Koscielny is also expected to start in what will be an ultra-attacking line-up. It should also be noted that Arsenal have scored 3 goals in each of their last four games against Newcastle!
To Be Booked: Joey Barton 6/5 2pt win
If he starts, Barton will be run ragged by the Arsenal midfield and I expect his fustration to get the better of him. Expect some hard, unfair tackles from the former City man
Anytime Goalscorer: Theo Walcott 11/5 2pt win
To Score 2 or More Goals: Theo Walcott 14/1 1pt win
Fully-fit after his return from injury. Prior to that set-back, Walcott had bagged four goals in four games and was setting the Premiership alight. Against a poor Newcastle defence, I’m expecting the England international to reproduce his early-season promise