EFL Cup quarter-final wins for Man Utd and Arsenal, says Charlie Nicholas
Last Updated: 30/11/16 6:59pm
Charlie Nicholas gives us his predictions for the EFL Cup quarter-finals, with Manchester United v West Ham live on Sky Sports 1 HD on Wednesday night.
The Soccer Saturday pundit expected home advantage to count - and he correctly tipped the results of Tuesday's encounters.
Here is what Charlie is backing in his Sky Bet tips for Wednesday's clashes...
Manchester United v West Ham United (Wednesday, live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 7.30pm)
Well, West Ham did very well on Sunday and Manchester United continue to be the most unlucky team in the Premier League!
They have a problem at Old Trafford of playing well, but not getting wins, and now the annoyance of Jose Mourinho is clear for everybody to see.
West Ham might need to get Andy Carroll back into the mix as it sounds like Diafra Sakho has picked up another injury. They're running out of bodies.
I think Mourinho will make quite a few changes and I wouldn't be surprised if this went to extra time, but I'm expecting the hosts to edge it.
Charlie predicts: Manchester United to win 2-1 and Jesse Lingard to score first (Sky Bet's odds: 30/1)
Arsenal v Southampton (Wednesday)
Well this is an awkward one for Arsenal. They were lucky in the league meeting to beat Southampton, who recorded a very good result on Sunday.
I do think the Saints will make changes which will make them weaker, although I'm sure Claude Puel would love a result against his good friend Arsene Wenger.
You look at the players Arsenal can bring in and Aaron Ramsey can come in, Alex Iwobi can come in. The difference in the quality of players coming in will be decisive for me here and I think Arsenal will be able to end November with a win.
Charlie's earlier predictions...
Liverpool v Leeds United (Tuesday)
Liverpool will make changes, regardless of the forced one in terms of Philippe Coutinho. Daniel Sturridge looks like he'll miss out so Divock Origi will get the chance he has earned, while they've also got the likes of Lucas Leiva to come in.
The Reds can't make many changes defensively, though, which will be a positive thing for them here given they've finally put together a couple of clean sheets.
You must applaud what Garry Monk has done at Leeds. I'm not sure stability is the right word, because I don't think that's possible at Leeds, but he's been able to bed in some young players like Kalvin Phillips and still get results.
It will be a big crowd and I would imagine the atmosphere will prevent any sort of complacency from the hosts here.
Charlie predicts: Liverpool to win 3-1 and Origi to score first - RESULT: 2-0
Hull City v Newcastle United (Tuesday)
It does surprise me that Newcastle are favourites to a degree, although given the way Thommo was talking about Hull, they hardly turned the corner by salvaging a draw against West Brom.
The problem for Hull is that they can't really rest anybody, which is worrying for their Premier League survival hopes, but means they have to pretty much go with their best team here.
They seem to be having the most problems with their midfield, Tom Huddlestone dropped and Ryan Mason hauled off at half-time.
Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez tried to play it clever by leaving out Dwight Gayle among others at the weekend and it backfired, with a troubling loss killing their momentum.
In terms of value, Hull are appealing here as the outsiders in what I see as a tough one to call.
Charlie predicts: Hull to win 2-1 - RESULT: Hull win 3-1 on penalties