Carabao Cup betting tips: The EFL Cup returns this week with a number of high-profile Premier League teams entering at the third round.
Manchester clubs United and City take on Derby and Oxford, Wolves and Leicester go head-to-head for the second time this season and Bournemouth face Blackburn in Tuesday’s round of fixtures.
Man Utd vs Derby prediction – Red Devils to bounce back
Derby boss Frank Lampard has enjoyed an impressive start to his managerial career as they sit sixth in the Championship.
But he faces his toughest challenge yet in the hotseat as he goes up against his former manager at Chelsea Jose Mourinho.
Despite most Premier League managers considering the EFL Cup a non-trophy, Mourinho has always treated the competition with respect and has won it four times with United and Chelsea.
We’re backing United to bounce back from their disappointing 1-1 home draw with Wolves on Saturday with a comfortable victory over Derby.
Oxford vs Man City prediction – no shocks at Kassam Stadium
Manchester City begin their Carabao Cup defence away at League One strugglers Oxford.
Pep Guardiola is likely to use the opportunity to rotate a number of key players.
But the fact the City boss started Saturday’s 5-0 win over Cardiff with the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez and David Silva on the bench speaks volumes about his strength in depth.
Meanwhile, Oxford have endured a terrible start to the season as they sit 23rd in League One and are without a win in three attempts.
We’re expecting another big win for the Premier League champions. Man City to win and scored over 3.5 goals is at 43/40 with Novibet.
Wolves vs Leicester prediction – Foxes great value in all-Premier League clash
Both Wolves and Leicester made big changes in their previous Carabao Cup wins over Sheffield Wednesday and Fleetwood respectively.
But Nuno and Claude Puel are likely to keep the core of their Premier League line-ups this time round at Molineux.
The two sides have already met this season in the league as Leicester came out on top 2-0 at home.
And with Puel’s impressive record in the competition – reaching the 2016/17 final with Southampton and the quarter-finals with Leicester last season – we’re backing an away win for the Foxes.
Leicester are generously priced at odds of 11/5 to win with Novibet, or you can back Puel’s men to qualify for the next round at 21/20.
Bournemouth vs Blackburn – Championship side can spring a surprise
Blackburn have had an impressive start to their return to the Championship as they sit two points off the play-offs after nine games.
Tony Mowbray has got forwards Bradley Dack, Danny Graham and Adam Armstrong firing on all cylinders this season with 11 goals between them – five of which have come in the EFL Cup.
Bournemouth beat League Two outfit MK Dons 3-0 to reach the third round but go up against Blackburn on the back of a heavy 4-0 league defeat to Burnley over the weekend.
And with Cherries manager Eddie Howe expected to rotate, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Blackburn cause an upset at Dean Court.