2018-19 Carabao Cup: Third Round – Wednesday

After a thrilling night of Carabao Cup action saw ten teams book their place in Saturday’s draw, tonight sees another five confirmed. 

We however know that one of Liverpool or Chelsea will be absent as they meet in a blockbuster match at Anfield, ahead of Saturday’s top of league table clash at Stamford Bridge. 

Other highlights sees Arsenal meet Brentford in a London derby whilst Tottenham and Watford meet at Stadium MK in a neutral tie. 


Liverpool vs Chelsea

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With the Premier League title race being both clubs’ priority, expect plenty of rotation in what could be a cracker.

Liverpool are going to still put out a strong side but Chelsea’s approach is unclear because they have included Eden Hazard in squad despite leaving him out of their Europa trip last week. 

Either way, one team is going to see their unbeaten run ended here but the last eight managers in charge of Chelsea haven’t lost their debut League Cup match. The last man to do so was Claudio Ranieri and that defeat did come against Liverpool in November 2000. 

Although Chelsea will give their all, I really feel that this is Liverpool’s win because three games in six days will probably catch up with the Blues here in my opinion, even though they have managed Hazard really well over the past week.

Prediction: Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea


Arsenal vs Brentford

Both sides have impressed in their leagues so I am expecting a quality match here for Unai Emery’s first domestic cup game as Arsenal manager. 

Arsenal will make many changes and we saw how rotation can affect them in Europa League. A repeat here and I expect Brentford to punish them more than Vorskla Poltava did.  

Add in the fact that the Bees’ two League Cup wins over top flight opposition have come at this very stage then they will be a side who Arsenal cannot relax against. 

Ultimately, I can see Arsenal winning because Brentford really should focus on promotion given their knack for growing throughout season in the Championship. 

Prediction: Arsenal 2-1 Brentford


Nottingham Forest vs Stoke City

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Aitor Karanka will be hunting for his first win as a manager against Stoke City as the Potters visit his Nottingham Forest side. 

This could be a very interesting tie because Forest have a terrible habit at minute of drawing their games with six draws from 11 matches across all competitions. 

Stoke meanwhile are yet to win away from the Bet365 Stadium this season, conceding twice in their last three away games. That needs to change here but with them sat precariously near the drop in league, I am expecting major squad rotation here. 

Although Stoke will give a good account, I can see Forest having the edge with Karanka getting that first win over them. 

Prediction: Nottingham Forest 2-1 Stoke City 


Tottenham Hotspur vs Watford (8:00pm)

This is a proper cup tie on neutral terrority and after Watford came from behind to beat Tottenham at home last month in league, anything could happen. 

All history really counts for little here in my opinion because neither team are at home but Spurs’ last home defeat to the Hornets came in this competition in 1994. 

Prediction wise, I am expecting both teams to score but my gut feeling says penalties here simply because both sides have struggled for form in past week. 

Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Watford (Tottenham win on penalties)


West Ham United vs Macclesfield Town

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West Ham have been revitalised since the international break whilst Macclesfield are struggling to adjust to life back in EFL, so a cupset here will be an enormous shocker.

The Hammers have plenty of top attacking options available like Javier Hernandez and with Macclesfield’s poor record against top flight sides, I can only see one result coming here. 

Prediction: West Ham United 4-0 West Ham United

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