England: Football League Cup
Match start: 20:45 (GMT+2)
It is obvious that many fans of English football are now very surprised because of appearance of new club tournament named "Carabao Cup" in a calendar schedule.
But to tell the truth, this is a traditional cup championship of the national league. The only difference is in the change of the tournament’s name because of sponsor’s change. Let us remind that earlier Football League Cup was called at first "Carling Cup" and then "Capital One Cup". Now, instead of banking company the sponsor of the tournament became Thai company that is specializing on beverage industry.
The most interesting battle of the 1/16 finals
Defending winner of the Cup League is Manchester United that has won over Southampton with the score 3:2 during the final match 2017. By the way, in the current championship of this Cup three EPL teams – Newcastle, Watford and Southampton have already finished their progression through the tournament net.
And the most interesting battle of the 3rd round will be held on King Power Arena in Leicester where the opponent of the team of Craig Shakespeare will be the grandee of the national football – Liverpool.
Factor of tournament motivation
Let us remind that the winner of the Football League Cup together with the winner of the FA Cup is getting a berth at the next Europa league championship. It is natural that for Liverpool that had returned to the Champions League after three years break the potential victory in the League Cup is not the main task.
And absolutely different motivation factor have the Foxes from King Power. As during the current Euro Cup campaign the champion of England 2016 doesn’t take part and that is why is eager to fight for the berth to Europa.
For two weeks up to the beginning of the 10 days pause (on the 2nd of October) the team of Jürgen Klopp is facing 4 matches. At first these will be two away matches in a row against Leicester (on the 19th and 23 of September) then away match against Spartak during the 2nd round of the Champions League (on the 26th of September) and, at last, one more away match on St James' Park against Newcastle ( on the 1st of October). The reds have very difficult and intense calendar period.
Leicester – 3.50, draw – 3.50, Liverpool – 1.87;
Our tip: Leicester (Asian Handicap +0,5) - oods 1.78 Pinnacle