Aaron Rogan's best bets for the midweek EFL Cup second-leg ties include an upset at Stamford Bridge and an emphatic win for Liverpool.
The second legs of the Carabao Cup semi-finals take place this week and both ties are still in the balance.
On Tuesday, Championship side Middlesbrough head to Chelsea with a slender 1-0 advantage to protect. And a day later Liverpool travel to Fulham holding a 2-1 aggregate lead after a pulsating first leg at Anfield.
Chelsea vs Middlesbrough
Landing a semi-final against Championship opposition would have been a real boost to Chelsea as they seek to salvage something from their season.
But the Blues couldn’t make their class count in the first leg of their semi-final showdown against Middlesbrough as they slid to a 1-0 defeat at the Riverside.
Boro’s first-leg success was no less than they deserved and it continued their fantastic run in this season’s competition.
Michael Carrick’s men have won all of their six games in normal time and they have had to do it the hard way as their first five ties were all played on the road.
Boro scored at least twice in each of those five games, so a trip to Stamford Bridge may actually suit them more than the odds suggest.
The visitors have scored two or more goals in 12 of their last 13 league and cup games on the road, so they are not the most solid of favourites.
Backing both teams to score appeals but Chelsea have flattered to deceive for large parts of the season and Boro look a tempting price at 11/4 to avoid defeat and book their place at Wembley.
Best bet: Middlesbrough or draw @ 14/5
Fulham vs Liverpool
Second-half strikes from Curtis Jones and Cody Gakpo helped Liverpool carve out a 2-1 aggregate lead in their semi-final tie with Fulham.
The Reds were 1-0 down at the break at Anfield courtesy of Willian’s goal for the Cottagers but rallied after the interval to put themselves on the brink of a Wembley final.
Liverpool head to west London following five wins on the spin, the latest coming on Sunday when they thumped Bournemouth 4-0.
The Merseysiders are making light of Mo Salah’s absence and Darwin Nunez and Diogo Jota both netted doubles in that handsome win at the Vitality Stadium.
The Reds have won five of their last six away games while hosts Fulham have lost four of their last six outings, which includes three defeats to nil.
It’s tough to see the Cottagers stopping Liverpool, especially as the Reds’ attacking options appear to be at the top of their game at present.
First-leg match-winner Gakpo is the competition’s leading scorer having scored in all of Liverpool’s four League Cup matches this term and he’s a 6/4 shot to find the net again at Craven Cottage.
It is 2/1 that Liverpool score three or more goals on Wednesday night and that is a tempting wager given Fulham’s recent struggles, and a small interest on a 3-0 away win at 12/1 is also advised.