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Capital One Cup fixtures and tips – Tuesday 22 September


Aston Villa play Birmingham City on Tuesday night, while Manchester City head to Sunderland

There are eight Capital One Cup clashes on Tuesday night and the highlight match takes place at Villa Park where there is the small matter of a Birmingham derby.

These matches are always hotly-contested and it’s the first time in five seasons that the Villans and Blues are meeting, with Birmingham having knocked out their arch rivals out of the same competition on 1 December 2010.

That was the season where City actually won the League Cup but were also relegated from the Premier League, with Gary Rowett hoping to mastermind a victory on Tuesday night.

Fulham entertain a Stoke team who have made a slow start to their Premier League campaign, while there is another Championship team hoping to spring an “upset” at the KC Stadium where Hull meet Swansea.

Leicester and West Ham are flying high and meet at the King Power Stadium, with Middlesbrough v Wolves an all-Championship affair.

Preston entertain a much-changed Bournemouth side at Deepdale, while Sunderland host a Manchester City side who are sure to field a completely different team to the one that lost at home to West Ham on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Everton head to the Madejski Stadium after a spectacular win against Barnsley in the previous round and we could see plenty more goals in this 8pm kick-off.

BIRMINGHAM could be worth a nibble at 3/1 with bet365 and there are plenty of other teams available at big prices where a “shock” of some description is nearly guaranteed.

Perhaps PRESTON NORTH END could spring some kind of surprise and odds of 16/5 with Betfred look tasty enough, especially if Eddie Howe decides to rest several first-team players for the trip to Deepdale.

WEST HAM are also a 3/1 chance with bet365 to win away to Leicester and Slaven Bilic’s side have already shown they are away specialists after winning away to Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City. Can they do it again?

Tuesday 22nd September
Aston Villa v Birmingham 19:45
Fulham v Stoke 19:45
Hull v Swansea 19:45
Leicester v West Ham 19:45
Middlesbrough v Wolves 19:45
Preston v Bournemouth 19:45
Sunderland v Man City 19:45
Reading v Everton 20:00

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