Liverpool v Chelsea26/09/2018 19:45
Arsenal v Brentford26/09/2018 19:45
Atalanta v Torino26/09/2018 20:00
Sevilla v Real Madrid26/09/2018 21:00
Rotations will be likely in this match, with a lot of fringe players featuring. The squads will need to rotate to meet the demands of their jam-packed fixture list for both teams. In fact, they will meet again in the PL this Saturday for the late kick-off.
Liverpool should be without key defender Van Dijk, as he recovers from a bruised rib. It would be strange to see him risked in this match, rather than saving him for the more important encounters in the PL and CL against Napoli next week.
Mignolet is expected to start in goal, which we hope for this bet, leads to a few standard goalkeeping errors. Both teams have enough depth in their squad to get on the scoresheet in this one, and we expect a fairly high scoring, entertaining cup match.
Both of these teams are more than capable of scoring goals and have seen both teams score in their last five H2H meetings. Atalanta have been struggling to keep a clean sheet as of late, conceding eight goals in their last four games, while scoring five.
Torino are similar in their issues at the back, conceding six goals in their last four games while scoring five. Torino have seen both teams score in three of their last four games and in five matches on the road, in a row.
Atalanta are more than capable of scoring but did fail in their last match against Cagliari. However, they have scored 10 goals in their four home matches before that, while conceding in four of their last five home matches.
Arsenal will be strong favourites going into this one, but they will undoubtedly rotate their squad. Brentford will most likely play a strong squad and have been firing on all cylinders, with the in-form Maupay being the top goalscorer in the Championship.
Arsenal have kept a just one clean sheet in their last six games and Brentford have more than enough to get a goal here. Arsenal have been playing open, attacking football under Emery, which has seen a lot of opportunities in their games, for both teams. Brentford should be clinical enough to get a goal here and could even upset Arsenal in this one.
Can Sevilla make it a third win in a row at home against Real Madrid? The past two home fixtures have ended with Sevilla winning 3-2 and 2-1. Real have won the two reverse fixtures, but one thing is always the same. Goals and plenty of them.
Over 2.5 goals has landed in their last eleven H2H meetings, stretching back to 2014. The past six meetings at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán has featured both teams to score and over 2.5 goals in each fixture.
The odds for this to happen again, are pretty decent value considering Sevilla’s strong scoring record at home this season. They have scored eight goals in their three home matches while conceding three.
Real Madrid have had a similar success on the road, scoring seven goals in their last three matches while conceding in each match. In fact, both teams have scored in the last six matches on the road for Madrid, with over 2.5 goals landing in five of them.
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