Chelsea take on Arsenal in the second Carabao Cup semi-final first leg to take place this week, with both teams looking to improve on poor performances in the FA Cup. In this article we examine the value Carabao Cup picks for this game, along with team predictions and statistical analysis.
Carabao Cup Picks: Chelsea Team News
Antonio Conte fielded a much-changed team for the match against Norwich City in the FA Cup and he can’t have been too happy with what he got from his fringe players, with his side scraping a 0-0 draw against the Canaries. Once again Michy Batshuayi failed in front of goal while David Luiz endured a tough first half on his return from injury.
The upshot of those changes however mean that Conte can field a much stronger team for this game. Players such as Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso and N’Golo Kante didn’t even travel to East Anglia meaning they should be at peak fitness for this game while Alvaro Morata only played the last 16 minutes at Carrow Road. Whether this makes Chelsea the Carabao Cup picks for this game remains to be seen.
The game could definitely be a big one for Morata. The Spanish striker wasted a lot of chances in his last start – the 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium – and he surely will want to make up for that in this game. He was particularly guilty of missing a one-on-one at the death that would have won the game. Morata is favourite in the anytime goalscorer market with most bookies offering around 2.20.
Carabao Cup Picks: Arsenal Team News
Like Chelsea, Arsenal fielded a weakened side away to Forest in the Cup, with the second string struggling in a 4-2 reverse. Arsene Wenger could only watch in frustration from his place in the stands as he served the first match of a three-match touchline suspension – and the question has to be how he will cope with being in a similar situation at Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal will play a much stronger side than normal in the Carabao Cup with many of the first team likely to return. However the Gunners are still struggling with some injuries, with Granit Xhaka still facing a fitness test on a troublesome groin injury while defender Shkrodan Mustafi is also a major doubt. On the plus side Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette could all feature – which could make Arsenal Carabao Cup picks in some punters eyes.
The defence is key for Arsenal. The Gunners back line have failed to keep a clean sheet since the 1-0 win over West Ham on December 19th and have conceded 12 in their last five games. Punters can get as much as 6.00 against the Gunners keeping Chelsea out in this game.
Carabao Cup Picks: Betting Market News
The early football tips for this game on ProTipster are favouring Chelsea, with 39 backing Conte’s side as Carabao Cup picks to win the game. Goals are also a focus, with a fair few highly rated tips backing “yes” in the BTTS market, which doesn’t come as a surprise bearing in mind the goalfests Arsenal have been involved in of late. Indeed, there with over 3.5 goals available at around 2.56 some tipsters are chancing their arms in this market, hoping for another game like the one at the Emirates.