Burton – Bournemouth with FORECAST 1X @ 1.97
Burton Albion, who last year had a head-on collision with big football in the country, having rivals but the hegemonic Manchester City, has tested on his back how serious the Premier League level is. The draw determined for the next year the team to have an elite opponent in the face of Bournemouth, which is still much more overcome than the previous one. The fact that the final winner will only be broadcast in one match and that of Pirelli Stadium is certainly a great benefit for the hosts. There are no special personnel incidents in their ranks as the match outs are just Hawkins and Fox. For Bournemouth, the infirmary is crowded with Daniels, Gosling, Groneveld, Kelly, Francis, Smith, Stanislas and Brooks. Without so many basic players, and with a lot of changes to their usual 11, the “Cherries” will simply not be a familiar team and will be outdone by their third division opponent.
Brighton – Aston Villa with FORECAST Goal / Goal @ 1.80
The Potter boys enjoyed an insanely strong opening round when they made nothing of Watford as a guest, winning 3-0. Shortly thereafter, they increased their assets by another point thanks to a rematch with West Ham, giving the impression that they would not have much difficulty surviving. Not long after, the poor results started – 4 consecutive rounds did not win, but all this concerns only their performances in the Premiership. In between, they came to a triumph – in the same tournament for the Bristol Rovers Cup 2-1. Aston Villa have enjoyed 2 triumphs from their previous 7 clashes with only one in the Championship. Certainly the villas will be part of the battle for survival, so this cup tournament will not be a privilege for them. The joy is that they have no injuries, while many football players are in Brighton’s infirmary – Iskerdo, Jahanbaksh, Bernardo, Skelo, Trosard and Balogun. A goal / goal of 1.80 is a required prediction in one such match.
Sheffield United – Sunderland with FORECAST 2 (+ 0.5AH) @ 2.30
Great odds on this surprising prediction for Wednesday night’s group of Cup games. Sheffield United are finally in a wave of euphoric mood thanks to their smash win over Marco Silva’s “caramel” on Sunday. So the Wilder team comes from a great position in this match with Sunderland. What will prevent him a great deal from coming to a new good result is his pure and simple desire to keep his best players for far, far more important battles locally – those of the Championship. Sheffield United are one of the teams in the elite with the smallest group of football players, and Wilder knows this very well, so he cannot afford to put his holders in this game, and Sunderland, which fell to the third level, are waiting just to take the opportunity to get to the next phase.
Wolverhampton – Reading with FORECAST Goal / Goal @ 1.75
The Wolves continue to be one of the teams with the most involvement in all English football. They are in a position where the top teams are, so it will not be overkill if they are considered to be exactly that in the near future, and in the long run, by participating in both local (buy) tournaments, in the Championship, as well as on the European stage, and their coach – Nuno simply does not have such a group of more than 20 equivalent players. He has one eleven he always relies on in his big matches, and the rest of the rivalries are just an annoying formality for him, which he simply avoids by giving the youngsters a field of expression. This is exactly the case with Reading, who will bet on his best players and create a lot of headaches for his strong opponent. The big surprise of the team will fall here, but the stake remains for the goals scored by both teams.
Chelsea – Grimsby with FORECAST over 3.5 goals @ 1.85
Chelsea’s completely redesigned team will launch a new batch of good football, though it is being harassed by an increasing number of injured players, with the group already including Loftus-Cheek, Rudiger, Van Hinkel, Emerson and Christensen. The last two were part of the title four on the defensive this weekend, but they left the field forcibly and were subsequently sent to infirmary, so this is one of the worrying news for Lampard. The latter again will not cheat on himself and will look to make another major football discovery, and in this match will give a chance to a few more of the youth of the team. Chelsea have a lot of talent, and one of them will emerge in this match. The hosts’ superiority will be overwhelming, but Grimsby won’t just be a Stamford Bridge stroll, and still find a way to use one of his few scoring opportunities. This match will be one of the most successful of the day.