Brighton to beat Cardiff –

Let’s face it, Brighton are going up in style.

The 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday on Friday was their seventh in eight matches, while they have lost just one league game in 20.

The Seagulls have also been beaten just once in the Championship at the Amex this season and boast the division’s best home record.

Cardiff should struggle, then.

Neil Warnock’s side have won just once in five away from home, while they have not kept a clean sheet on the road since the opening day of the season – 12 attempts ago.

Given Brighton boast the division’s best defence, having shipped just 18 goals, a routine win should be on the cards.

Sheffield United to beat Fleetwood –

Sheffield United are top of League One for a reason.

They have won six of their last eight and have only been beaten twice in the last 24 league matches, a run that began when they were bottom of the table.

Chris Wilder’s side are also better than anyone else at their own ground, having dropped just 10 points from their 14 matches at Bramall Lane.

Fleetwood, meanwhile, have only won twice in their last 11 away from Highbury and have scored just three goals in five matches on the road.

Considering the Blades’ attack is the equal-best in the division, with 53 goals, the Cod Army face an difficult task.

Swansea Under-23s to beat Coventry –

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After last weekend’s 1-0 loss to Fleetwood, Coventry have won just one match in eight and are firmly rooted to the bottom of League One – seven points from safety.

The Sky Blues are also winless in seven away from the Ricoh Arena, having managed just one draw in that sequence.

That they have also not kept a clean sheet on the road in 11 should worry manager Russell Slade, given that Swansea Under-23s have only been kept out twice in 18.

The young Swans have also won 10 matches on the spin, while they have only been lost one in 19.

Expect them to take another step closer to Wembley this week.


Liverpool to beat Southampton – 

Liverpool should overturn their first-leg deficit with relative ease, here, despite suffering defeat at the weekend.

That loss to Swansea was the Reds’ first in all competitions at Anfield this season and just the fourth home match of 13 that they have not won.

In contrast, Southampton have only managed two wins from their last 13 away from St Mary’s.

That they have also failed to score in four of their last six on the road does not bode well, considering that Liverpool’s attack is the best in the Premier League.

The Reds have been shut out just three times this season, so don’t expect them to fail to score again.

Leeds to beat Nottingham Forest – 

Another one for value-hunters here, with Nottingham Forest in for a reality check after their weekend win over Bristol City.

Prior to that, the managerless Reds had lost six and drawn two of their last eight matches, and they have scored just twice in their last five away games.

Leeds, meanwhile, have won five on the spin at Elland Road, keeping clean sheets in each of those games.

Their home form is second only to high-flying Brighton and is unlikely to be dented on Wednesday.