The Weekly Accumulator: Exit for Liverpool in 470/1 Carling Cup bet
All of the big guns now enter the Carling Cup at the third round stage, but with Arsenal and Manchester City ridiculously short prices and Chelsea and Manchester United facing tricky ties, none of them have made the grade for our 470/1 accumulator.
Therefore, it is Liverpool that lead the way, but we are tipping Kenny Dalglish’s team to be eliminated by lower league opposition in the Carling Cup for the second season in succession.
Liverpool were knocked out in the third round at Anfield 12 months ago by Northampton and this time they have an even tougher ask at high-flying Championship side Brighton.
Brighton are unbeaten at home this season, while Liverpool have lost their last two Premier League games, which may have dented their confidence.
Other big prices in the Carling Cup odds include Stoke to win at home to Tottenham.
Spurs may have won their last two Premier League games, but have already shown in Europe that they may use the cup competitions to give more experience to their youth players.
Stoke is a tough place to go at the best of times and they should triumph, particularly with Peter Crouch eager to make an impact against his former club.
Aldershot are unbeaten in their last seven games and look overpriced to beat Rochdale, while MK Dons could follow up on their victory at Norwich in the second round with another surprise at struggling Championship side Burnley.
Blackburn, Aston Villa and Southampton are also expected to safely make the fourth round of the Carling Cup from their home draws.
Carling Cup selections
Blackburn to beat Leyton Orient @ 1/3
Southampton to beat Preston @ 8/13
Aston Villa to beat Bolton @ 5/6
Stoke to beat Tottenham @ 6/4
Aldershot to beat Rochdale @ 6/4
MK Dons to beat Burnley @ 14/5
Brighton to beat Liverpool @ 4/1