Football betting is rarely an easy business, but the Carabao Cup is perhaps the trickiest competition of the domestic season to size up. The top six teams in the Premier League – the division that has provided almost all the winners and runners-up of Cup tournaments that anyone can remember – are fixed on European competition and fighting for League position, whilst 10 teams are looking over their shoulders for the majority of the first few rounds.
In the football league, the situation is mainly the same – clubs are either bargaining for promotion or relegation, regardless of the division.
This gives us a dilemma when looking at Tuesday’s game between Manchester United and Derby, as both have big ambitions this season with United looking to win a trophy at least whilst being in the Champions League, and Derby aiming for promotion.
Both have also overcome rocky starts to their season, with United suffering two losses in their first three and Derby having the same in the Championship but are now in a better place; United had two wins on the bounce before a draw with Wolves on Saturday and Derby’s win at Brentford took them back to ninth.
It’s hard to know what the exact sides will be but changes should be expected with another Champions League trip just a week away for United (and a trip to West Ham in-between) whilst Derby must travel to Bolton at the weekend and strength in depth will likely play a big part.
United will feel confident of making it to the fourth round in that case, and it’s no surprise they’re as short as 1/5 to make it through in 90 minutes. Derby have already played two games in the competition, beating Oldham 2-0 and then winning 4-0 at Hull, and without wanting to be cliché, one can expect a big performance from them on this stage.
Manchester United v Derby
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HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
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JAN 2018 FA CUP Manchester United 2- Derby
JAN 2016 FA CUP Derby 1-3 Manchester United
FEB 2009 FA CUP Derby 1-4 Manchester United
JAN 2009 CARLING CUP Manchester United 4-2 Derby
JAN 2009 CARLING CUP Derby 1-0 Manchester United
MAR 2008 PREMIER LEAGUE Derby 0-1 Manchester United
DEC 2007 PREMIER LEAGUE Manchester United 4-1 Derby
MAR 2002 PREMIERSHIP Derby 2-2 Manchester United
DEC 2001 PREMIERSHIP Manchester United 5-0 Derby
MAY 2001 PREMIERSHIP Manchester United 0-1 Derby
However, Jose Mourinho has always wanted to win the competition and with the Premier League and Champions League looking like tall orders, the EFL Cup will be high on his priority list. United have led at halftime in their last four so perhaps the 4/6 on the United Half/Time Full/Time could be worth taking for a small interest.
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