The Capital One Cup fourth-round features two of the current top three in the Premier League on Wednesday night, who, alongside a Tottenham team with one of the easier-looking ties are boosted all to win.
If current holders Manchester City, surprise package of the season Southampton, and a Spurs side who come alive in the cups all progress to the quarters after 90 minutes, Ladbrokes customers can grab boosted odds of 4/1, out from 10/3.
We detail each match below:
Manchester City v Newcastle
During a season where their Premier League crown has already begun to tilt, Capital One Cup holders City will be not be in the mood to pass other possible silverware by easily.
The identity of their visitors will certainly help that cause, as Newcastle have been beaten 11 times consecutively in all competitions by the Citizens, including a 2-0 win at St James’ Park this season.
Stoke v Southampton
Early candidate for manager of the year Ronald Koeman has waved a magic wand Harry Potter would be proud of over Southampton this season.
Although some good ground work had been laid by his predecessors, the Dutchman has got his new-look Saints closest of any other team to top-flight pacesetters Chelsea, just four points shy and level on 15+ goals.
Here they travel to a Stoke side they just bettered in the league at home, while they also put in the performance of the last round in this competition to dump out Arsenal at the Emirates.
Tottenham v Brighton
After Mauricio Pochettino questioned the mentality of some Lilywhites in the wake of defeat to Newcastle, his players have the perfect chance to prove their boss and the White Hart Lane faithful they are worth their wages.
Having rallied to an impressive 5-1 Europa League win on their last midweek outing, those selected Spurs should be able to overcome a Brighton side without a Championship win since August.
Sami Hyypia’s Seagulls are 21st in the second tier and could probably do without the distraction of the League Cup as a result.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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