Wednesday 25 September: 7.45pm KO
Live on Sky Sports
Liverpool are top of the Premier League and haven’t dropped a point all season. In terms of trophies they want to win this term, the Carabao Cup probably doesn’t rate too highly. They travel to League One MK Dons who have already lost five league games this season. How they would love to make it to the fourth round.
Liverpool have a 100 per cent record in the Premier League That’s taken them five points clear at the top of the table. Despite their excellent start to the new season, Liverpool are still 11/8 (2.37) second favourites behind Manchester City to win their first Premier League title.
They haven’t won the League Cup since the 2011/12 season. Liverpool just don’t have the kind of record in domestic cup competitions you’d expect them too. The past two seasons has seen them exit the Carabao Cup at this third round stage. In the FA Cup, the past four seasons has seen them win just three games. Liverpool can be backed at 15/2 (8.5) at Unibet to lift this trophy and prevent a Manchester City hat-trick.
In a busy season, this is the fifth competition Liverpool have played in. There’s the Premier League of course as well as the Community Shield, Premier League, European Super Cup, Champions League and now the Carabao Cup. Aside from the Premier League, Liverpool have played three games and over 90 minutes not won any of them.
Liverpool have actually lost their last four Carabao Cup ties. Last season saw them beaten by Chelsea, with Leicester defeating them in 2017/18. The season before that saw them reach the semi-finals but lose both legs to Southampton. The odds on them beating MK Dons are 2/11 (1.22) if placing your wager at SkyBet.
MK Dons have only once made it past the third round of the League Cup. That was in the 2014/15 season when they beat Manchester United 4-0 in the second round before losing out to Sheffield United in round four. They are in League One this season after winning promotion in the 2018/19 season.
It’s been an inconsistent start to the season for them. They are currently 15th, four points behind the final promotion play-off position but eight clear of the relegation zone. Four of their nine league games have been won and five lost. No draws, will this be the first of the season? It’s 6/1 (7.0) at Paddy Power that this match ends level after 90 minutes.
Their last two games were both played at home and both ended in a 1-0 defeat. You can get odds of 12/1 (13.0) on Liverpool winning this match by that scoreline. Three of the last four home matches have been lost with MK Dons failing to score. The odds on a Liverpool clean sheet on Wednesday are 5/6 (1.83) at Betfred.
MK Dons have had to win two away games to get this far. The first round saw the get a win at arch-rivals AFC Wimbledon, though it took a penalty shoot-out to do so. Round two saw them win 4-1 at Southend United. If you think they can beat Liverpool, then Coral will give you odds of 18/1 (19.0).
Liverpool will make plenty of changes for this cup tie. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana, James Millner, and Joe Gomez may all make starts for them. Will that influence the game and your choice of bet? Experience the next generation of sports betting by paying Betbull a visit.
It may turn out to be MK Dons against Liverpool reserves but the game has still seen all the home tickets sold. Liverpool have a much stronger squad than they have had in the past. Playing fringe players and giving them some time on the pitch shouldn’t see them struggle against an inconsistent League One side. A bet on Liverpool to win to nil has odds of 1/1 (2.0) at BoyleSports.