It’s the Triple Crown of English football, the one that if you win, it’s a trophy, but if you get knocked out early, you claim not to care.
The Capital One Cup is at the quarter final stages, and with the first three games happening Tuesday night, there’s a bit of value in all of them.
Man City vs Hull – 8pm
Manchester City continue their quest for silverware The biggest side left in the competition host an off-form Hull City. While it isn’t surprising to see Hull at such long odds of , the bet to take here is Jesus Navas.
The Spaniard was an un-used sub at the weekend vs Southampton, and with a tricky away game at Stoke to come next Sunday, backed up by a Champions League game against Monchengladbach, Manuel Pelligrini is likely to rotate his squad for the visit of the Championship side. Navas is almost the forgotten man at this stage, but his speed on the counter attack will cause Hull problems, particularly from corners, so he’s looking good for an anytime goal at .
- Hull have never won at the Etihad, but they did draw there last season
- Man City have already beaten two Premier League teams on the way to the quarters. scoring nine goals in two games
- Hull have also taken two top division scalps, in Swansea and Leicester
Stoke vs Sheffield Wednesday – 8pm
Most teams would sooner endure a Steve McClaren team talk than visit Stoke on a wet and windy Tuesday night. Just ask Chelsea who exited this competition at the Britannia and subsequently lost there again in the league earlier this month.
The daunting task awaits Championship playoff hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday. The side from the Steel City got out of jail with a last minute equaliser at Ewood Park on Saturday, but have been very inconsistent. Everything would suggest that Stoke will win , and it’d be surprising to see the Owls swoop over the third best defense in the Premier League. Stoke to win to nil at
- This is the sides first meeting since 2008, when Richard Cresswell rescued a 1-1 draw at Hillsbrough for the Potters
Middlesbrough vs Everton – Sky Sports 1 – 8pm
Everton fans basically cost their side two points on Saturday at Bournemouth. With five minutes added on in the Vitality Stadium, Ross Barkley struck with 15 seconds left of that to give the Merseyside team what seemed to be a vital winner. But the over exuberance of supporter’s celebrations on the pitch cost them dear when Kevin Friend added on extra seconds, allowing Junior Stanislas to equalize with 90+7 on the clock.
Having been 2-0 up, Roberto Martinez will be looking for a quick response. But against high flying Middelsbrough, the Toffees could become unstuck. Boro have been living up to their pre-season favorites tag, sitting second in the Championship table.
There will be goals in this one. Aitor Karanka’s men have scored 27 goals so far this year, while Everton have scored 14 in their last four Premier League games. Over 2.5 goals is but if you’re brave enough to combine an Everton win with the two other Premier sides, you get a tasty treble