It wouldn’t take an outrageous claims merchant to state that this season’s Capital One Cup will most likely be won by one of Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham.
All four have been kept apart in the last-16 and handed favourable ties that should ensure they’re all present and correct when the quarter-final draw is made.
Knowing that you can back the latter three of the quartet in a bwin Combi+Bigs treble at 5/2, then, must rate as a particularly attractive bet.
Chelsea’s trip to Shrewsbury is a formality, as their 1/4 price for success indicates.
Tottenham’s home game against Brighton shouldn’t be much tougher given how poorly the Championship outfit are playing of late.
Only three second-tier sides have scored fewer goals than the 13 mustered by Sami Hyypia’s men, who haven’t won a league game since August.
The Lilywhites are far from flying themselves, but Mauricio Pochettino, who has promised a trophy in two seasons, isn’t going to take the competition lightly.
Working off the premise that both London brethren are bankers, punters are essentially able to back Liverpool to beat Swansea at 5/2.
The Reds are by no means nailed on to slay the south Wales side given their woeful form of late, but they can’t be ignored at such sizeable odds.
Garry Monk’s men may have bested their Merseyside foes on their last Capital One Cup trip to Anfield, but they’ve shipped a staggering nine goals in their last two Premier League visits.
Liverpool’s frontline is significantly weaker without enigmatic Uruguayan Luis Suarez, but of these nine strikes, the Barcelona forward scored just one, meaning the troops remaining in the barracks are capable of breaching the away team’s backline.
Plus, since beating Manchester United on the opening weekend, Swansea haven’t won on the road.
All these factors contrive to argue that, although the hosts are far from nailed on, there’s certainly enough cause to warrant backing them as part of this profitable treble.