Sam's Hammers to keep things tight
David John previews Tuesday's action in the Capital One Cup and expects a tight game at Turf Moor.
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There are some interesting fixtures on Tuesday night as round four of the Capital One Cup gets under way but as usual, a little bit of guesswork is required in terms of team selection at this stage of the competition.
At least Jose Mourinho has given punters something of a steer in the right direction as to his plans for Chelsea's trip to Arsenal following their dramatic victory over Manchester City on Sunday.
"We can not give them a big game. We have to protect our players and can't have them playing two games in three days in October," he said as he took a swipe at the schedule and the fact that Arsenal have also had an extra 24 hours to prepare.
So Mourinho is likely to rotate his talented squad but that does not mean 13/8 for the Gunners is a steal.
Despite Arsene Wenger's continued quest for silverware - any silverware - players like Isaac Hayden, Thomas Eisfeld and Ryo Miyaichi could be charged with the task again of reaching the next stage.
Norwich face two trips to Manchester this week and their first stop is at Old Trafford. Leroy Fer's late shenanigans aside, I was pretty impressed with Chris Hughton's side against Cardiff at the weekend.
It was ultimately a frustrating display as they did everything put the ball in the net but Hughton seems to have changed his side's approach for the positive which makes them much more of a threat.
Despite David Moyes' chipper interview after their 3-2 triumph against Stoke, I get the impression he is concerned that the Red Devils are not able to dominate in games.
Opponents just don't seem as overawed these days and an upset from the Canaries is not totally out of the question at 10/1.
On balance, I just can't quite bring myself to tip them so I will go for a safer-looking option with under 2.5 goals at Turf Moor as the impressive Burnley take on West Ham.
Manager Sean Dyche labelled the 2-0 success over QPR at the weekend as the best of his tenure so far with the Clarets, which is approaching one year this week.
Striker Danny Ings would win plenty of votes in terms of the best player outside of the Premier League currently and the whiff of an upset against the Hammers is in the air.
But the visitors have managed to keep five clean sheets from their last nine outings with a drab 0-0 in Wales at the weekend against Swansea - a performance labelled as "magnificent" by Sam Allardyce - advertising how tough they can be to break down.
Ings and company are showing plenty of quality but Allardyce probably reckons his best chance will be to try and smother the hosts and nick something if an opportunity presents itself.
This could be tight and Coral are a standout even money that things play out to that effect.