With the EFL Cup really taking center stage once again in midweek, we are offered a lively Wednesday night from up and down the country. On that note, for those of you looking to stick on a midweek acca, we have found you a handful of helpful tips that are worth keeping an eye out for.
Wednesday 23rd September
BST 19:00 Preston vs Brighton
Starting with Wednesday’s guests, while Brighton might have opened the new campaign with a 3-1 loss against Champions League outfit Chelsea earlier in the month, the Seagulls did create a string of chances and the mood in their camp appears to be at a real high. Although Graham Potter’s men might have just about hung onto their Premier League status after returning from football’s enforced break back in June, the South Coast outfit have really started to find their feet under the one-time Swansea boss. Along with booking their trip to Deepdale in midweek thanks to a thumping 4-0 victory against League One Portsmouth at the Amex last week, fans on the South Coast would have been hugely excited by their side’s display over the weekend. Shocking many across the Premier League and picking up a 3-0 romp at St. James’ Park on Sunday afternoon, Brighton also have a real reputation for their recent performances on the road. Signing off the 2019/2020 campaign with a 2-1 victory away at Burnley, Potter’s side are remarkably unbeaten in all eight of their previous top-flight away fixtures continuing on from last season. On the flip side, throwing away the lead late on and having to settle for a point at Carrow Road, Preston could be in for a tricky step up in class on Wednesday. Opening the New Year with a sluggish 1-0 defeat at home against Swansea, it should also be noted that the Whites have won just one of their last six Championship matchups on home soil, a run highlighted by back-to-back 3-1 defeats against QPR and Cardiff back in June.
Tip: Brighton win @ 7/5
19:00 Fleetwood Town vs Everton
While they might have had to come from behind over the weekend, Everton managed to lay down yet another marker at Goodison on Saturday lunchtime and few would have expected what has been a stunning start for the Blues. With the mood in their camp at the highest it has been in recent memory, it is no secret that new boss Carlo Ancelotti has his sights set on guiding his side back to the European stage. Putting on what turned out to be a real second-half clinic against Premier League returners West Brom last time out, the Toffees managed to pick up an action-packed 5-2 victory on Merseyside and the former Napoli boss was hugely excited to see Dominic Calvert-Lewin extended on what has been a real summer purple patch. With Everton opening up the New Year with back-to-back top-flight victories, including that shock 1-0 win away at Spurs earlier in the month, the former Sheffield United starlet has now recorded four goals in those two Premier League victories. With new arrival James Rodriguez making quite the immediate impact since joining from Real Madrid this summer, Everton will make the trip to Lancashire looking to make another statement. On the flip side, while Fleetwood might have been heartbroken to have watched Peterborough grab two injury-time strikes and clinch the most dramatic of 2-1 wins over the weekend, Joey Barton’s men will be glad to make a return to home soil in midweek. Smelling what could be a real upset at Highbury, the one-time Newcastle midfielder has seen his side win each of their last three straight contests in Lancashire since opening the 2020/2021 campaign, including another action-packed 3-2 victory against Wigan while on Cup duties earlier in the month.
Tip: Over 2.5 goals @ 4/6
19:45 Leicester vs Arsenal
Starting with Wednesday’s hosts, while Leicester might have thrown away a Champions League finish after a worrying return from football’s enforced break back in June, the Foxes have enjoyed a free-scoring opener this time around. Coming from behind at the King Power on Sunday night and managing to pick up what was a dramatic 4-2 win against Burnley on home soil, Brendan Rodgers also saw his side open up the New Year with a glittering 3-0 romp away at Premier League returners West Brom earlier in the month. Glad to see last year’s Golden Boot winner Jamie Vardy open his account with a brace at the Hawthorns, the Blues have bagged seven goals in their back-to-back victories and will open this weekend’s fixtures sat at the top of the table. With the likes of James Maddison set to be handed a first start of the season in midweek, Leicester should also be hugely boosted by their stunning record against the Gunners while on home soil. Including a 2-0 win when they hosted the North London outfit last year, the Foxes have won each of their last three straight meetings against Arsenal at the King Power by an aggregate score of 8-1. However, while Mikel Arteta’s side might have just about managed to grab a late winner against West Ham over the weekend, the mood in their camp only continues to skyrocket and they have a top-four finish at the top of their agenda this time around. Also opening the new campaign with back-to-back victories, the Gunners have already lifted both the FA Cup and the Community Shield this summer and they have a pair of attacking talismans enjoy quite the free-scoring run. With both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang already opening their accounts this season, we’re backing a lively contest on Wednesday night.
Tip: Both teams to score & over 2.5 goals @ 6/5
Our Wednesday EFL Cup Accumulator:
Preston vs Brighton – Brighton win @ 7/5
Fleetwood Town vs Everton – Over 2.5 goals @ 4/6
Leicester vs Arsenal – Both teams to score & over 2.5 goals @ 6/5
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