Charlie Nicholas provides us with his predictions for this week’s Carabao Cup, including Swansea v Man Utd and Tottenham v West Ham, both live on Sky Sports Football.
Charlie is expecting a tight affair at the Liberty Stadium as Jose Mourinho’s side look to bounce back from their Huddersfield defeat, but he can only see a Spurs win at Wembley on Wednesday.
Here’s what he is predicting for the eight clashes…
Swansea v Manchester United (Tuesday, 7.45pm, live on Sky Sports Football)
This should be an interesting one. I can see it being awkward for United and I think it will be a tight game.
Jose Mourinho has obviously been angered by the way they played and Ander Herrera’s comments. His players will have been walking on egg shells and will be desperate to avoid any more mistakes.
They will have that fear back in them and I think they’ll put in a hard-working and gritty performance to get the result.
Charlie predicts: 1-2 and Anthony Martial to score first (22/1 with Sky Bet)
Swansea vs Man Utd
October 24, 2017, 7:30pm
Get Sky Sports Get a Sky Sports pass Tottenham v West Ham (Wednesday, 8pm, live on Sky Sports Football)
This could be feisty one – but I only see one outcome. Mauricio Pochettino impressively exposed Liverpool’s vulnerabilities on Sunday and their confidence must be sky high.
This is a good chance to sit Harry Kane, who will hopefully need to rest his hamstring until after the Arsenal game! Fernando Llorente will come in again and Dele Alli will get another game after missing quite a few, meaning Spurs still have plenty of attacking quality.
What does Slaven Billic do? If he plays a strong team they could still be embarrassed. I’m a fan of Bilic but this is a really average group of players. He’s partly responsible but I don’t think you should judge him on a match like this.
Charlie predicts: 3-0 and Dele Alli to score first (28/1 with Sky Bet)
Arsenal v Norwich (Tuesday, 7.45pm)
It will be another strong Arsenal side with a couple of youngsters in there. Arsene Wenger has the depth at his disposal to take care of these sort of games.
There’s a little bit of momentum building and I’d expect to see Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott pressing their claims for more time in other competitions.
Norwich’s confidence should be high after another away win over their rivals Ipswich, but this Arsenal squad is strong enough to go and win this competition.
Charlie predicts: 4-1 and Theo Walcott to score first (30/1 with Sky Bet)
Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher says Ronald Koeman should have been given more time at Everton Bournemouth v Middlesbrough (Tuesday, 7.45pm)
I’m currently in Boro, getting ready to take on Steve Gibson’s golf course, looking over the city and their understandably disgruntled fans.
I would be surprised if Eddie Howe made lots of changes as I expect Bournemouth to try to build momentum, whereas Boro need to focus on addressing their league issues.
Charlie predicts: 3-1 and Jermain Defoe to score first (33/1 with Sky Bet)
Bristol City v Crystal Palace (Tuesday, 7.45pm)
I see this as what might be a small upset. Bristol City are a very hot and cold side, battered at the weekend but generally strong at home.
Palace are much more cold and these are the situations where Roy Hogson has to protect his players, especially Wilfried Zaha.
Charlie predicts: 3-1 and Bobby Reid to score first (60/1 with Sky Bet)
Leicester v Leeds (Tuesday, 7.45pm)
What does Michael Appleton do? Or as Merse calls him, Michael Appleby! Why would you change the team? Your squad is too good to be in a relegation situation so why not go for it in the cup?
Leeds are going well in general with their manager Thomas Christiansen doing a good job. I could see them taking Leicester to extra-time but I think the Foxes ultimately have the quality to come through.
Charlie predicts: Leicester to win in extra-time (8/1 with Sky Bet)
Manchester City v Wolves (Tuesday, 7.45pm)
There’s definitely going to be a few changes for City but the players coming in are pretty good too! Ilkay Gundogan, Yaya Toure, maybe minutes for Sergio Aguero, if not then Gabriel Jesus, and Raheem Sterling. Wow.
I watched them on Saturday and they weren’t all guns blazing. This Wolves team is organised and might be able to hold on for half an hour but this is another one where I can only see one outcome.
Charlie predicts: 4-1 and Raheem Sterling to score first (22/1 with Sky Bet)
Former England and Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman says Ronald Koeman is still a quality manager Chelsea v Everton (Wednesday, 7.45pm)
Do Everton rest players or try to build something here? I think they are just going to Stamford Bridge looking to avoid embarrassment.
Chelsea aren’t playing well at all, though. While Antonio Conte clearly doesn’t fancy Michy Batshuayi, he needs him right now and I think the Belgian striker will inflict yet another defeat on the Toffees.
Charlie predicts: 2-0 and Michy Batshuayi to score first (14/1 with Sky Bet)