Chelsea and Manchester United continue their respective League Cup campaigns on Wednesday as the two teams clash in the Fourth Round of the competition at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues thumped League Two minnows Grimsby Town in the last round, whilst the Red Devils edged past Rochdale via a penalty shootout.
Naturally, the two sides are amongst the early favourites to win the competition. Having lifted the League Cup five times in their history, Manchester United sit at odds of 12/1 with William Hill to win it this time around, whilst Chelsea are slightly more favoured at a price of 7/1.
Intriguingly, it is two former players of Manchester United and Chelsea that come together on Wednesday and if their record is anything to go by, the Blues might be a good bet to lift the trophy. Frank Lampard won the competition twice as a player, the last time in 2007. However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has never lifted the League Cup.
Should they go all of the way this year, the teams will of course have to get past each other first and the recent form table suggests that it should Solskjaer’s men that progress. In the last six matches between the two, the Red Devils have claimed three victories, including the 4-0 thumping of the Blues on the opening day of the season. Manchester United can be backed at odds of 3/1 with Paddy Power to earn victory, with Chelsea slightly more favoured at 5/6. Meanwhile, the game to end level after 90 minutes is at 5/2.
According to the bookies, Tammy Abraham is the favourite to open the scoring in the match and extend his excellent record so far this season. The England forward sits at odds of 7/2 with Betfair to net the opening goal of the game at Stamford Bridge. Elsewhere, Marcus Rashford has scored in his last two Premier League games and could be a positive bet to continue his good form and is available at 7/1 to net first.
Manchester United have been dealt another significant blow in their season with midfielder Paul Pogba ruled out until at least December. He joins other long-term absentees Eric Bailly, Axel Tuanzebe, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Diogo Dalot on the sidelines. Meanwhile, Nemanja Matic and Luke Shaw are not yet ready to make their returns.
Lampard also has a few worries ahead of the match with Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek all restricted to the treatment table.