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Bradford vs Aston Villa

The hosts qualified for the two legged semi finals after a famous victory on penalties in the last round against Arsenal, while Aston Villa knocked out Norwich. In the process the Villians also knocked out Manchester City away from home. Villa conceded 12 goals in 2 games in December but turned it around in the new year with a 2-2 draw at Swansea and a 2-1 win over Ipswich in the FA Cup at the weekend. Bradford didn't feature in the FA Cup after being banned following fielding an ineligible player in the last round. They are great value to qualify at $6.50, and with the match played over 2 legs they could well take a lead to Villa Park for the 2nd leg. My banker for this one is the more conservative, Both Teams To Score @ 1.65

Chelsea vs Swansea

Chelsea come into the match in good form, but they did suffer a setback last week, losing 1-0 to rivals QPR. They won their FA Cup match at Southampton 5-1 at the weekend, and are in a free scoring mode under Rafa  Benitez. Swansea were impressive against Arsenal in the FA Cup, but had to settle for a 2-2 draw thanks to a Danny Graham equaliser, although the Swans did lead 1-0. Along the way Swansea did knock out current holders Liverpool at Anfield.

Expecting both games to be open affairs with plenty of goals so banker - Both Teams To Score (Bradford/Villa) & Over 2.5 goals (Chelsea/Swansea) = $2.60

 
 

Leeds United Vs Southhampton - 7.45pm Tuesday

A tasty looking fourth round tie with a spot in the quarter finals on the line. Elland Road under lights should deliver an excellent atmosphere amongst both sets of fans, with the winner only 90 minutes away from the two-legged semi-finals. Southampton will be playing just 48 hours after the 1-2 home loss to Spurs on Sunday, while Leeds also lost 0-1 at home to Birmingham from a late Leroy Lita strike. Prior to the defeat to the Blues on Saturday, Leeds had gone four games unbeaten at Elland Road which included a 2-1 victory over Everton in the third round of the competition. The Saints have four losses on the road this season and have conceded a whopping 16 goals.

Reading Vs Arsenal - Tuesday 7.45 pm

Reading’s only two wins of the season have come in the Capital One Cup with 3-2 wins against Peterborough and QPR. The Royals will be looking for their first ever win against the Gunners while Arsenal fans are hoping this may be the competition for Arsenal to break their trophy drought. If the Gunners win it will be the 10th season running that they’ve qualified for the last eight of the League Cup, while Reading boss Brian McDermott may have one eye on Sunday’s must win Premier League encounter at QPR. Arsene Wenger will keep his youth policy on show with goalkeeper Damian Martinez expected to start in goal following debut against Coventry in the previous round. Before Reading get carried away with a weakened Arsenal team on show, Wenger will still call on the experienced heads of Walcott, Arshavin and Djourou.

Sunderland vs Middlesbrough - tuesday 7.45pm

Now this is a ding dong derby, the Tees-Wear Derby. Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill takes the competition very seriously judging by his squad selections in the previous two rounds, added to the fact he won the competition a combined total of four times as a player and manager. Sunderland were uninspiring in their 0-0 draw at Stoke City on the weekend, while Middlesbrough were victorious 2-1 against Bolton on Saturday and lie equal 2nd in the Championship. Boro have won their last four and will bring a large following down to the Stadium of Light with local bragging rights on the line. The competition is extra special for the club, with the trophy in 2004 being the only silverware in the club’s 136 year history. The two clubs met in last year’s 4th Round of the FA Cup, with a late Sessegnon for Sunderland in extra time of the replay knocking out their neighbours.

Swindon Town Vs Aston Villa - Tuesday 7.45pm

If ever there was a time for a League One side to win against Premier League opposition this would be the moment. Swindon manager Paolo di Canio will have his side ready for another ‘cupset’ after they eliminated Wigan in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup last season. Aston Villa are in all sorts, and have just one win and seven goals from their opening nine Premier League matches. Amazingly, the club has only won two of their past 25 league matches. Villa know they will be in for an uncomfortable evening with Swindon dispatching two Championship sides and Stoke City in their three Capital One Cup fixtures this season. Although they have a dour record this season, Villa did knock out Manchester City in the previous round 4-2 after extra time at the Etihad Stadium.

Wigan Athletic vs Bradford - Tuesday 7.45pm

The lowest remaining side left in the cup, Bradford will make the 50 mile journey west to Wigan to face the Latics who had their first home victory of the season against West Ham on Saturday. The two clubs last met in 2003-04 in the second tier, when a win and a draw for Wigan was enough to relegate Bradford to League One. Wigan have scored eight goals and conceded just two in their two matches in the cup this season, with a 4-1 win away to West Ham in the 3rd Round. Ryo Miyachi will again miss out for Wigan with a groin injury, but Mauro Boselli will start after scoring two goals in that 4-1 victory in the last round. Bradford lie in the play-off places in League Two, but will be without three key midfielders after a red card and two injuries in the 1-0 loss at the weekend to Burton Albion.

Chelsea vs Manchester United - Wednesday 7.45pm

After Sunday’s drama packed 90 minutes at Stamford Bridge these two rivals will do it all again, much to the delight of the neutral. Both sides will change their squad for the match, as well as the referee, but John Terry and Frank Lampard will still be missing for the hosts. Roberto di Matteo could call upon Daniel Sturridge, Victor Moses and German international Marko Marin, while Sir Alex Ferguson will still be without Shinji Kagawa but defender Chris Smalling could return after a five month absence. The Red Devils are undefeated in their last six matches against Chelsea (5W 1D), while Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the season in all competitions ended in just five days after defeat in Donetsk and at home to Manchester United on Sunday.

Norwich Vs Tottenham Hotspur - Wednesday 7.45pm

This will be Spurs’ fourth match in just 12 days with manager Andre Villa-Boas likely to ring the changes. Hugo Lloris will come in for Brad Friedel and Michael Dawson should move into defence as Spurs look to keep a rare clean sheet. The two teams met on September 1 in the Premier League at White Hart Lane with Norwich scoring a late equaliser which resulted in a chorus of boos ringing out from the home fans. Fast forward two months and Spurs are in fourth position and have only lost two of their last 13 in all competitions. Despite a lacklustre start to the season the Canaries are unbeaten in their last two after the win against Arsenal and last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Aston Villa. Tottenham haven’t lost at Carrow Road since 1991, a streak which stretches back seven matches.

Liverpool Vs Swansea - Wednesday 7.45pm

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers welcomes Swansea to Anfield as the former Swans manager faces his old club for the first time since moving in the summer. Last season’s holders are likely to rest both Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez, with Rodgers likely to play a Spanish style 4-6-0 if the Uruguayan is rested. If the North Irishman opts for the Spanish model it would see Suso, Downing or Sterling played as a false number nine. Swansea will be without goalkeeper Michael Vorm with a groin injury he suffered on Saturday against Manchester City which will keep him out for up to eight weeks. Swansea did not concede a goal against the Reds last season (0-0 and 1-0), and lie one point above Liverpool on the table after nine matches. Despite this the Swans have only one win from their last seven in the Premier League.

Best Bets

Sunderland to beat Middlesbrough @ 1.65

Tottenham to beat Norwich @ 1.80

Liverpool to beat Swansea @ 1.45

Best Multi

Sunderland/Tottenham/Leeds @ 6.83

Value Multi

Swindon/Draw (ChelseavsManUtd)/Over 2.5 goals (ReadingvArsenal)/Liverpool to be leading at Half-Time @ 31.14