Ahead of a bumper night of action across the UK, Ladbrokes have grouped together certain selections to deliver some very interesting Red Hot Trebles. And at top industry prices there are two that stand out ahead of the rest.
Man City, Chelsea and Celtic all to win – Evens
The spirits at Eastlands will still be high after their drubbing of Manchester neighbours United at the weekend, and even with a much-changed starting line-up Manchester City should easily brush aside Wigan. Owen Coyle’s squad has struggled to deliver this season and with their Europa League adventure at the back of the team’s mind, expect the Latics to struggle at City.
The same can be said about Swindon’s tie against Chelsea, minus the European adventure of course. And with Jose Mourinho’s record in this competition, the visitors are well set to clip the Robin’s wings.
It would be hard to see anything other than a Celtic win in the Scottish League Cup. They host a Greenock Morton side struggling in the second tier. After shipping 17 goals in their last seven games on the road, it could be a long night for The Ton.
Aston Villa, Watford and Cardiff all to win – 33/1
This is an altogether more speculative selection, but with the next best price on all three triumphing a little over 28/1, this looks worth an outside interest.
Aston Villa have the stiffest task of all three, with Spurs coming to town. A tricky start to the season leaves them with just two wins on board. But the League Cup is a competition that Paul Lambert seems to be taking seriously, naming a strong side in the last round. Even without the injured Christian Benteke they have a fighting chance against a Tottenham side with more pressing matters on their mind.
One of the favourites for Championship glory this season, Watford, have started well and look in a strong position to take a Premier League scalp. Gianfranco Zola’s side have a big squad and even with the expected changes look a good price to see off Chris Hughton’s Norwich, who might be better off concentrating on Premier League survival.
Finally, West Ham’s goalscoring threat has been non-existent at times this season; registering just eight shots on target in their opening five Premier League matches. Despite going down to the Hammers on the opening day, Cardiff have looked to have more about them recently and could well turn the tables at the Boleyn, bringing in a big pay-day for anybody putting their faith in this treble.
All odds and markets correct as of the date of publishing