Wednesday 28 August: 7.45pm KO

Newcastle United got off the mark on Sunday winning 1-0 at Tottenham. Now they turn their attention to the Carabao Cup. United host Leicester City, who won 2-1 at Sheffield United on Saturday. That maintained their unbeaten start to the league season.

Latest Odds

Those who have been Newcastle United fans for a few decades will remember fondly 1976. That was the last time their team reached the League Cup final losing to Manchester City. Since then, United have never made it past the fifth round of this competition. The name may keep changing, but United just don’t go on long cup runs. It’s 40/1 (41.0) on them winning the Carabao Cup this season, if your wager is made at Bet365.

That’s been illustrated in the last two seasons. Newcastle have been knocked out at the first time of asking in both those seasons. It was Nottingham Forest who beat them on both occasions, so at least they have avoided them this time. This, and the FA Cup are their only chance of winning something apart but the chances are they will play a weakened line-up for this game. You can get 6/5 (2.2) at SkyBet on them beating Leicester in 90 minutes.

The weekend was a good one for Newcastle. After two straight league defeats, they went to Tottenham and came home with a 1-0 win. A first goal for Joelinton secured the three points and Newcastle fans will be hoping that’s the first of many for the Brazilian striker. He’s 2/1 (3.0) at BetVictor to score against Leicester City.

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19 years ago, Leicester City won the League Cup. You have to be a genius to work out who the sponsor was that year. A quick internet search reveals the answer as Worthington (not Frank) and they beat mighty Tranmere Rovers at Wembley.

Since then, Leicester haven’t had a great time in the League Cup until the past couple of seasons. On both occasions they reached the quarter finals and it was Manchester City who beat them in those games. You can get odds of 25/1 (26.0) at Unibet on them winning the cup this season.

Leicester City come into this game unbeaten in the Premier League this season. They started off with two draws at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers and then at Chelsea. The weekend saw them beating Sheffield United 2-1 to move up to fourth place in the table.

Including friendlies, Leicester City are ubeaten in their last nine games. Over 90 minutes, City have no losses in their last 12 away League Cup ties with the last loss being to Preston North End in 2009. They have a strong squad so a bit of squad rotation wouldn’t hurt them too much. The odds on them beating Newcastle United in 90 minutes are 11/8 (2.37) if placing your wager at BetFred.

Head-to-Head

This is their first ever meeting in the League Cup. Newcastle United have won two of their last three games against Leicester City. However, City have won six of the last eight. They have beaten Newcastle on their last three visits up north.

Team News

Both teams are expected to make several changes for this Carabao Cup tie.

Extra Time Please?

Two of the last three Newcastle United Carabao Cup ties have both gone to extra time. It’s 23/10 (3.3) at Betfair that this game ends all square after 90 minutes.

Penalties?

The last three Leicester City Carabao Cup ties (and four of the last five) have all gone to a penalty shoot-out. A bet on either side to win on penalties is 11/2 (6.5) at SkyBet.

Prediction

Newcastle fans would love a cup run after years of failure. They will have their confidence boosted after the win at Tottenham, Leicester at home won’t be easy even if both clubs field weakened teams. A bet on a draw after 90 minutes and both teams scoring has odds of 10/3 (4.33) at Betway.

Published by Steve Ashfield

Steve is a self-employed freelance writer with years of experience writing about everything from sport to politics. He loves his statistics and quotes them at every opportunity.

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