With sides from across England’s footballing tiers looking to book their spot in the quarterfinals of this years EFL Cup, we here at Soccer News have found a handful of helpful midweek tips that can potentially boost your acca:
Tuesday 30th October
19:45 Burton vs Nottingham Forest
After former Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka saw a summer of ins and outs at the City Ground, it has been a very impressive start for Nottingham Forest. While they may have suffered late heartbreak in their 1-1 draw away at Leeds over the weekend, Tuesday’s visitors have now only been beaten twice across any competition so far this season. Now tipped by many in the race for a Championship playoff position, it will also be their form on the road impressing Karanka. Forest are now unbeaten in their last five matches away from home, including a season’s best performance in their 2-0 win at the Riverside earlier in the month. One man to watch for the Reds will be leading goalscorer and summer signing Lewis Grabban. Spearheading Aston Villa’s push for the playoff final last season, the 30-year-old now has four in his last four. With Karanka expected to name a strong XI on Tuesday, Grabban should be confident of extending his record. Burton are now coming off the back of a 2-1 loss at home to Peterborough on Saturday and have now conceded two goals in each of their last three League One outings.
Tip: Lewis Grabban to score anytime @ 13/10
19:45 Bournemouth vs Norwich
Starting with the hosts, after securing their first top half finish last season, it has once again been a very bright start for Eddie Howe’s Cherries. Coming off the back of a 3-0 win away at Fulham over the weekend, Bournemouth are unbeaten in their last five, winning four of those outings. Looking to secure a shock European push this season, it has been their form in the final third that has been the most impressive. Although they have recorded just one home clean sheet in their last five attempts, no team outside of the top four holds a better-attacking record. Much like Tuesday’s hosts, it has been a very eye-catching start for Norwich. Climbing into the playoff positions on Saturday, the Yellows have now lost just one of their last 13 matches in all competitions. While we do expect Norwich to find the net on Tuesday night, it is hard to overlook a Bournemouth side who arguably find their confidence at an all-time high.
Tip: Home win and both teams to score @ 11/5
Wednesday 31st October
19:45 Chelsea vs Derby
Now the only team in England yet to be beaten in any competition, it has been an incredibly impressive start for Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea side. While he has found his opportunities incredibly hard to come by, England international Ruben Loftus-Cheek is enjoying arguably his best spell in a Chelsea shirt. Scoring his first professional hat-trick in the Blues’ 3-1 Europa League win over BATE, the 22-year-old also grabbed his first Premier League goal of the season in Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Burnley on Sunday. Scoring four in his last two, Loftus-Cheek is likely to retain his place and will certainly be a man to watch for Sarri’s side. Although Derby are still thriving off their historic penalties victory over Manchester United in the last round, there are still some defensive issues that Frank Lampard will want resolving. The Rams have now failed to record a clean sheet in any of their last eight matches and will struggle to keep out a high-flying Chelsea side.
Tip: Ruben Loftus-Cheek to score anytime @ 11/5
Our Midweek EFL Cup Accumulator
Burton vs Nottingham Forest – Lewis Grabban to score anytime
Bournemouth vs Norwich – Home win and both teams to score @ 11/5
Chelsea vs Derby – Ruben Loftus-Cheek to score anytime @ 11/5
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