EFL Cup tips from our favourite in-from football experts.
Defeat in two consecutive Championship away games has dampened a positive start to the season for Sheffield Utd. After winning all their pre-season games they won their first two home matches meaning their last defeat at Bramall Lane (prior to their Yorkshire derby with Barnsley at the weekend) came all the way back in January, albeit many of these fixtures were against League One outfits.
Leicester, meanwhile, lost 4-3 at Arsenal in their season opener as their troubles on the road continued from last season. Their overall away record since the start of last term reads a poor W4-D6-L18, including a draw at Derby and defeat at Millwall in the FA Cup. With this in mind, we’ll take the Foxes on with a side that have a good record at home in cup competitions.
In the last five seasons, the Blades have hosted 17 cup ties and only twice have they lost after 90 minutes. Only three of those were against Premier League clubs but they remained unbeaten, including in 2014/15 where they beat Southampton and then drew with Spurs in the next round of this competition.
United yielded just 17 goals in 28 home matches in all competitions last term but conceded twice against Walsall in the last round and it will be a tough ask to shut out a Leicester side with a terrific scoring record under Craig Shakespeare. Furthermore, since 2014/15 both teams have netted in eight of Leicester’s nine domestic cup ties. With goals expected in this one, we’ll have a punt on the 2-1 Correct Score. The Foxes remain unconvincing at the back and given they might experiment somewhat United can take advantage and repeat their 2-1 pre-season win over Stoke against another top flight side.