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Capital One Cup Quarter Final Preview
England’s ‘second’ cup competition reaches its quarter-final stage on Tuesday and Wednesday evening as six Premier League sides and two from the Championship fight it out to qualify for the two-legged semi-final stage to be played in January. These ties may pose fixture-congestion in an otherwise busy period, but this competition offers hard-earned silverware, a final appearance at Wembley and the prospect of European football to the winner – not to be sniffed at for many of the country’s clubs. Manchester City and Liverpool head the cast of usual suspects at this quarter-final stage, but with recent winners including Swansea City, and Birmingham City, both in the last five years, the League Cup has offered up more than its fair share of upsets and is another opportunity for top football tipsters to prove their worth. As always, for the finest tips from the world’s most adept football tipsters, it has to be Betadvisor.com
Manchester City v Hull, Tuesday 01/12/15 at 19.45 GMT
Manchester City currently sit top of the Premier League table and won this competition as recently as 2014, when they defeated Sunderland to lift the trophy for the third time. Opponents Hull have never won this particularpiece of silverware, indeed the Tigers have never even progressed beyond Round 4 before, but Steve Bruce’s side will be buoyed by their memory of their most recent trip to the Etihad in the Premier League last season, where the visitors secured a 1-1 draw, and were moments away from a crucial victory before a 92nd minute equaliser – a result which ultimately proved futile in their quest to remain in the top flight. It’s first in the Premier League against fourth in the Championship but Hull beware, City have won their two previous matches in this season’s competition 1-4 and 5-1 – Manuel Pellegrini’s side mean business, and football tipsters will be taking that into consideration, as well as the fact City have already qualified from their Champions League group with a match to spare.
Man City 1.083, Hull 8.00
Middlesbrough v Everton, Tuesday 01/12/15 at 19.45 GMT
Despite the fact Everton are the Premier League side, it’s Championship Middlesbrough who have the recent history in this completion, with the North-East side having won the League Cup as recently as 2004, when Steve McClaren was boss. It’s been fallow times on Teeside since but as the most studious of football tipsters will have noticed, Boro currently sit second in the Championship table and boast former Premier League and England player Stewart Downing in their ranks, and are favourites for promotion this year. Rather surprisingly, Everton have never won the League Cup, but are currently unbeaten in five matches and boast the Premier League’s second highest scorer in Romelu Lukaku (ten). It’s a difficult match to call, so why not let the pros lead you – find the world’s best football tipsters at Betadvisor.com
Middlesbrough 2.10, Everton 1.66
Stoke City V Sheffield Wednesday, Tuesday 01/12/15 at 19.45 GMT
Stoke won this competition in 1972, and were also beaten finalists in 1964. Their opponents, Championship side Sheffield Wednesday, are also one time winners and beaten finalists, in 1991 and 1993 respectively. Success may have been a long time ago for both of these sides, but in recent years it is Stoke who have been enjoying a steady run in the Premier League, whilst Wednesday have yo-yoed between the second and third tier. The visitors currently sit eighth in the Championship, while their hosts are twelfth in the Premier League, and these two sides haven’t met at the Britannia since a Championship encounter in 2008, when the visitors ran out 2-4 winners. A repeat of that score-line Tuesday night is 101.00. Don’t fancy that? Then let the best football tipsters guide you at Betadvisor.com.
Stoke 1.40, Sheff Wed 2.75
Southampton V Liverpool, Wednesday 02/12/15 at 19.45 GMT
Wednesday’s only match is another all Premiership encounter as the 1979 beaten finalists Southampton take on record eight-times winners Liverpool, which also sees a match-up between the Premier League’s tenth and sixth placed teams. These sides met earlier in the season at Anfield and the Saints were the happier of the two in securing a 1-1 draw. Recent history between these two teams has seen recruitment of a one way nature, with Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, DejanLovren and Nathanial Clyne all making the move up north in the last two seasons. The latter three of those players remain and will be hoping to reach a semi-final at the expense of their former club. The Reds have struggled in their progress so far, requiring penalties to knock out League two Carlisle in the Third Round, before disposing of Bournemouth 1-0 in Round 4 both of those games were at Anfield, and this match-up against the Saints is a step up in class for Jurgen Klopp’s side compared to anything they have faced before in this season’s cup run. It’s an enticing prospect for fans and punters alike, and expert football tipsters will have been pulling up all available clues to potential team selections to pick a winner from this one. Follow them at Betadvisor.com.
Southampton 1.72, Liverpool 2.00
All odds courtesy of Bet365 and correct as of 13.00 GMT on Tuesday 1st December.
By: Steven Paget