Carabao Cup match previews and free betting tips: Second round preview for Wednesday August 28

Our best bets for the latest round of Carabao Cup games
Our best bets for the latest round of Carabao Cup games

The Carabao Cup second round continues on Wednesday night and Tom Carnduff has two goalscorers to back at a price of 4/1.


Recommended bets

1pt Jeff Hendrick to score anytime in Burnley v Sunderland at 4/1

1pt Harvey Barnes to score anytime in Newcastle v Leicester at 4/1

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Burnley v Sunderland

Jeff Hendrick celebrates his goal against Chelsea
Jeff Hendrick celebrates his goal against Chelsea

As is the case with many Carabao Cup ties, both sides are expected to make a significant number of changes for the game at Turf Moor.

Jack Ross has already outlined how Saturday's Sky Bet League One clash against Peterborough is their priority which will see a number of fringe players come in.

Sean Dyche will also use the contest to shuffle his pack in positions across the pitch. The likes of Joe Hart, Charlie Taylor and Danny Drinkwater are all set to feature from the off.

Alongside Drinkwater in midfield is likely to be Jeff Hendrick, although it's unclear if he'll occupy a more central role.

Robbie Brady is injured and Johann Berg Gudmundsson came off with a knock in the game against Wolves at the weekend - that means Dyche has to decide whether to use Dwight McNeil or push Hendrick out wide.

The midfield will be the key area in this clash, particularly with a weaker Sunderland side expected. For Hendrick, it's a chance to kick start his goalscoring tally for the season.

Often 'weakened' sides can see a game bring goals, and the same can be said for this encounter in Lancashire.

Best bet: Jeff Hendrick to score anytime at 4/1

Opta facts

  • This will be the first League Cup meeting between Burnley and Sunderland, with this Burnley’s 180th League Cup game and Sunderland’s 174th in the competition.
  • Sunderland are winless in their last five visits to Turf Moor against Burnley in all competitions (W0 D2 L3) since winning 2-0 in March 2005 in a Championship match.
  • Burnley have been eliminated in each of their last three home League Cup ties, losing to West Ham in October 2013, Sheffield Wednesday in August 2014 and Leeds United in September 2017.
  • Sunderland have progressed from nine of their last 10 League Cup second round ties, failing only in 2011-12 away at Brighton and Hove Albion.
  • Burnley striker Chris Wood has scored nine goals in his last 13 League Cup appearances, including a hat-trick in the second round in 2013-14 for Leicester City against Carlisle United.

Newcastle v Leicester

Harvey Barnes celebrates his goal against Sheffield United
Harvey Barnes celebrates his goal against Sheffield United

An all-Premier League contest as Newcastle welcome Leicester to St. James' Park.

Both come into the game on the back of great away wins at the weekend. Newcastle secured a shock three points away at Tottenham while Leicester got the better of Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

Leicester captain Wes Morgan has spoken about their desire to enjoy a cup run this season alongside a strong league campaign.

"Speaking on behalf of everybody, it would be good to have something to celebrate once again and to have something we’ve accomplished this season so we can look back and say, ‘Yes, we’ve had a good season’.

"We’ve had discussions in pre-season with the manager and the staff. We want a real good cup run this season.

"We face Newcastle on Wednesday and we know it’s not going to be an easy task, but we’ve earmarked the FA Cup and Carabao Cup competitions, where we can go on a bit of a cup run.

"I think if you’re winning all the games you’re playing in, it breeds a winning mentality throughout the team."

They can wrap up a victory on Wednesday given the injury situation at Newcastle. That will force Steve Bruce into making changes whether he wants to or not.

Jamaal Lascelles (calf), Miguel Almiron (ankle), Allan Saint-Maximin (hamstring), Christian Atsu (muscle), Joelinton (groin) and Fabian Schar (knock) are all doubtful for the tie.

Leicester will also make a couple of changes and I'd expect to see Harvey Barnes given a start given his winning goal from the bench on Saturday (you can watch that above, it's a beauty).

His foot like a traction engine strike was enough to secure three points; although it was hardly a surprise given what we have seen of him since his senior breakthrough last season.

A best price of 4/1 is available on Barnes netting anytime in this one, which is well worth considering given the team news.

Best bet: Harvey Barnes to score anytime at 4/1

Opta facts

  • This is the 125th meeting between Newcastle and Leicester in all competitions but their first in the League Cup.
  • Leicester City have won their last three away matches against Newcastle – all in the Premier League – scoring eight goals across those victories.
  • Newcastle have lost their last two League Cup matches, both against Nottingham Forest; they haven’t lost three consecutively since October 1981.
  • Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers won all 24 of his domestic cup matches during his time in charge of Celtic – he has won 19 of his 37 English domestic cup games (W19 D5 L13).
  • Newcastle have been eliminated from their last four home League Cup ties against fellow Premier League opponents.

Odds correct at 1535 BST (27/08/19)

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