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EFL Cup fixtures, betting preview and tips – 30 October – 1 November

Lampard returns to Chelsea and West Ham entertain Tottenham in a London derby

The EFL Cup has reached the last sixteen stage and we’re looking forward to some intriguing clashes this week.

TUESDAY 30TH OCTOBER

AFC Bournemouth 19:45 Norwich City
Two in-form teams meet at the Vitality Stadium and it could be honours even considering that Eddie Howe is likely to rest several players.

PREDICTION
Bournemouth 1 Norwich 1

Burton Albion 19:45 Nottingham Forest
A Midlands clash at the Pirelli and an in-form Nottingham Forest should have too much for a Burton side who sit mid-table in League One.

PREDICTION
Burton 1 Forest 3

WEDNESDAY 31ST OCTOBER

Arsenal 19:45 Blackpool
Unai Emery will field a second string team for this clash although Blackpool are modest opposition and Arsenal’s Europa League side have already shown they are adept at winning games.

PREDICTION
Arsenal 4 Blackpool 0

Chelsea 19:45 Derby County
Frank Lampard enjoys a homecoming of sorts and his Derby side are sure to play their part at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea hoping to build on that win at Anfield in the previous round.

PREDICTION
Chelsea 3 Derby 2

West Ham United 19:45 Tottenham Hotspur
This game comes hard on the heels of Spurs’ Premier League clash against Manchester City, with most of the first team surely rested for a match which could see things go the way of the Hammers.

PREDICTION
West Ham 2 Tottenham 0

Middlesbrough 20:00 Crystal Palace
Middlesbrough have lost their way in recent weeks and might struggle to overcome a Crystal Palace side who were good value for their 2-2 draw against Arsenal at the weekend.

PREDICTION
Middlesbrough 1 Crystal Palace 1

THURSDAY 1ST NOVEMBER

Manchester City 19:45 Fulham
Pep Guardiola’s reserves would still be a top-half Premier League side and we’re backing them to easily beat the Cottagers in this one. Fulham have bigger fish to fry right now.

PREDICTION
Manchester City 3 Fulham 0

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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