You do not need to look anywhere other than England for some midweek bets. On Tuesday, we have the 1st of the EFL Cup 2nd leg semi-final fixtures as Leicester (1.72) travel to Aston Villa (4.30), with the other one taking place on Wednesday in Manchester as City (1.32) take on United (9.50). On the same day in London, West Ham (8.40) will host Liverpool (1.37) in the pick up match from the EPL that was previously postponed due to Jurgen Klopp’s men involvement in the FIFA World Club Cup earlier this season.
28.01.20 – Aston Villa vs Leicester – EFL Cup (Semi-Final)
Market: Result + Both Teams to score – Draw + Yes (4.95)
This market was paid out last time around despite Aston Villa starting as heavy underdogs having just suffered season-ending injuries to their main striker and goalkeeper in the previous week. Since then they have strengthened in the transfer market and will be playing this match at Villa Park. A daunting place for any team to visit, especially on a cup night. It will not be easy for Leicester to win here and with Jamie Vardy possibly missing out due to injury Villa’s stock rises further. Given the odds and the circumstances it is worth having a second go at this market.
29.01.20 – Man City vs Man United – EFL Cup (Semi-Final)
Market: Result + Both Teams to score – Man City win + Yes (2.65)
In the last two Manchester derbies the away side won with both teams scoring, yet it is hard to see United getting a win at the Etihad this time around without their mercurial Mancunian, Marcus Rashford, who is out injured. Yet, given the history of this fixture it is hard to see anything other than a scenario where both teams manage to score, and thus this market becomes the likeliest to be paid out.
29.01.20 – West Ham vs Liverpool – EPL
Market: Result + Both Teams to score – Liverpool win + No (2.40)
Liverpool have only dropped points away from home once this season, which justifies their low odds, with only 15 goals conceded overall. Given West Ham’s struggles this season it is very hard to envisage them breaking down Liverpool’s defence, let alone getting anything out of this match. Liverpool will most certainly continue their unbeaten run and with Virgil Van Dijk’s presence at the back the probability of this market to be paid out are much higher than the odds suggest. Worth it.