This week sees the English teams in European action finally join the Carabao Cup. With Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Manchester City and Manchester United not in action till Wednesday night, Tuesday could see some shocks brewing.

 

Burnley vs Leeds

This fixture pitches Charlie Taylor and Chris Wood against their former team, who they left this summer.

Burnley have got off to a bright start with no away defeats and only one home loss at Turf Moor this season.

Leeds too have made a strong start but lost at Millwall on Saturday. Were they saving themselves for this game given that this is a winnable match?

League Cup wise, this fixture has only been played once (1972) at Elland Road with Leeds running riot in a 4-0 victory.

Both teams were in opposite divisions then with Leeds in the top flight and Burnley just below in Division Two. Now with roles reversed 45 years later, could history also repeat itself in reverse?

Both teams have bad League Cup form coming into this. The Clarets are without a home victory in this competition since September 2013 whilst Leeds have lost their last five away ties at a Premier League side.

Prediction wise, I think this will need extra time but given that Turf Moor is a difficult place to go (unless you’re Lincoln City), I am backing Burnley to just edge it.

Prediction: Burnley 2-1 Leeds AET

Result: Burnley 2-2 Leeds AET (Leeds win 5-3  on penalties)

 

Reading vs Swansea

This fixture could well produce one of this round’s biggest cupsets.

Jaap Stam’s Reading might of not made a decent start to their season but with home advantage, could do some damage here.

Swansea have been strong on the road this season and clinched a surprise draw at the weekend against Tottenham Hotspur.

Wilfried Bony could make his first start since resigning from Manchester City on deadline day.

In this competition, Reading have won the three previous meetings but have only one win in last ten clashes with top flight opposition.

The Majdeski Stadium is a tough place to go in midweek but I am backing the Swans here.

Prediction: Reading 0-1 Swansea

Result: Reading 0-2 Swansea

 

Leicester vs Liverpool

Liverpool will be hoping to avoid a third straight defeat at the King Power Stadium in all competitions, since Jurgen Klopp took over.

Saturday saw both sides clinch 1-1 draws so expect changes to be made here.

Klopp is set to hand starts to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Dominic Solanke and full-back, Jon Flanagan amongst his changes.

These teams have met at this stage before of the League Cup, back in 1987. Liverpool comfortably won that fixture 4-1 and went on to become that season’s finalists in the competition.

Flash forward 30 years, both sides have won one top flight title each but the Reds have just one League Cup win against fellow top flight opposition.

Given Liverpool’s depth in squad rotation, they will be favourites but given their defensive woes and recent record at the Foxes’ ground, I am backing Leicester to win here.

Prediction: Leicester 2-1 Liverpool

Result: Leicester 2-0 Liverpool

 

Bristol City vs Stoke City

Aston Gate has been a strong fortress for Bristol City, who are going great guns this season so far.

Stoke might have the likes of Jese and Kurt Zouma in their team but have only come alive against the big teams.

Bristol City reached the fourth round last season but are yet to reach same stage of a competition in consecutive seasons.

Mark Hughes and his Potters definitely face a tough task here because the Robins won this fixture in 1977. They also have claimed a Premier League scalp already in this competition, having beaten Watford in the last round.

This match will be competitive but I fancy Bristol City to edge it, purely on their strong home record so far.

Prediction: Bristol City 1-0 Stoke City

Result: Bristol City 2-0 Stoke City

 

AFC Bournemouth vs Brighton & Hove Albion

These teams meet again at the Vitaly Stadium, just days after Bournemouth won their league meeting 2-1.

The Cherries come into this clash buoyant after that win, having got off the mark in the Premier League and extended their unbeaten run against the Seagulls to six matches.

Given how recent these teams have met, Brighton will want revenge and depending on how many changes each side make, I can see them getting that victory.

Prediction: Bournemouth 1-2  Brighton & Hove Albion AET

Result: Bournemouth 1-0 Brighton & Hove Albion AET

 

 

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow night at around 10pm for a preview of Wednesday’s games!!

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