Three matches remain after Liverpool got knocked out of the Carabao Cup in ugly fashion by Aston Villa. Who of tonight’s six clubs playing will join the Villains in the semis?
The first of the four matchups was an entertaining one. Was it a one-sided affair when Liverpool’s team with an average age of 19-years-old met an altered Aston Villa? Only the scoreline would show it was but the encounter itself entertained with end-to-end action from the first whistle to the final one.
Of the six teams that meet later tonight, only two club goes in as underdogs. Those clubs are minnows Oxford and Colchester. Strangely, both clubs go up against the two Manchester clubs, one doing the business on the road while the other takes up arms at home.
EFL Cup fixtures
Everton vs. Leicester City
Oxford United vs. Manchester City
Manchester United vs. Colchester United
In the other fixture, we have a Premier League battle where a reignited Everton entertains a bummed out Leicester City. You couldn’t make any of this up. If we had played all these fixtures a couple of weeks back and they’d all be pretty predictable.
But predict we must, as it is fun to see if the football gods have installed the power of foresight in you. With games coming around almost every three to four days from each other, selection shuffles and youth implants take place.
Hopefully, all The Top Flight clubs are willing to take the risk of playing their youth and give the precious first-team experience needed. As done with the Reds, who paid the ultimate price of a 5-0 loss to a more experienced Aston Villa.
Here are the predictions for tonight’s final trio of encounters, starting with the more predictable ones than the rest…