iBet: Lambert And Rodgers likely to give it a go in the Capital One Cup

Gareth Purnell

Capital One Cup

Back Aston Villa at 40/1 and Liverpool at 9/1

The big guns enter the Capital One Cup over the next couple of days with Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City going off the joint 7/1 favourites.

This is however a competition which is not taken that seriously by many of the managers, and although there was a period in the mid 2000s where the big clubs dominated, none of these three has even made the final in the last three seasons.

It’s therefore worth looking for a bit of value and Villa look too big at 40/1. Paul Lambert has a fast improving side of young and hungry players. They look like a team on the up that is very unlikely to get dragged into a relegation battle like they were last season. And with no European commitments and no chance of contending for the title, they are likely to give both cups a go.Indeed Lambert played strong teams in the Capital One Cup last season and given a decent draw they have a chance of going deep into the competition.

Holders Swansea are another improving Premier League outfit and can also be backed at 40/1. However, European commitments will put pressure on Laudrup’s squad and it’s easy to see him playing weakened teams as a result. Instead have an interest in Liverpool. I expect Brendan Rodgers team to have a very good season and the two domestic cups represent their best chance of some much-needed silverware.


In tonight’s Capital One Cup games I can see goals in the tie between Peterborough and Reading, as both like to play on the front foot. Peterborough have scored 16 in their last four competitive games and banged five in against Colchester in the last round. You can back over 2.5 goals at around 1.8 with Betfair.

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