We have a great treat of football this midweek, with scores of fixtures in the UK and Europe including the League cup third round in England and we have an over 2.5 goal treble that should tickle your fancy!
We begin at the stadium of light where Sunderland host leaders of the Premier League Manchester City. Now with the League cup team news plays a factor. Younes Kaboul is suspended for Sunderland’s League Cup tie against Manchester City after being sent off at Bournemouth on Saturday. John O’Shea, may make the line-up and is available. Mangala is a doubt for Manchester City after being taken off against West Ham and David Silva has a calf problem.
Remember the last round when Sunderland played in a nine goal thriller against Exeter? You felt on the night that Sunderland went for it, after a disappointing start in the Premier League. Things have not improved much for Sunderland, and Manchester City will surely be going for the League cup with the strength in depth the side does have over other sides.
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I do think this game will be a strong over 2.5 pick for reasons that this fixture in all of the last four meetings have seen at least three goals, with their most recent meet in the 2014 final – won 3-1 by Man City.
Sunderland like goals in this competition and have won six of their previous seven home League Cup games, scoring 19 goals in the process. Manchester City has scored in 16 consecutive away League Cup games, stretching back over ten years in the process.
To give this bet more confidence five all-Premier League and League Cup ties at the Stadium of Light have ended 2-1, with Sunderland winning three and is best priced at 8/11 with SkyBet with a general 4/6.
Next up sees Gateshead in the Football conference travelling to Halifax where this game does appeal to all the statisticians out there and for good reason. The head to head have seen all of the last three from four hit over 2.5 goals in a spate of draws of 2-2 on two occasions and a 3-3. More recently in the last six, Halifax have played in five of the last six seeing at least three goals with four of those games seeing four or more in the process.
Gateshead’s record is good also with all of the last four passing the magic mark. When I saw the 4/5 with SkyBet, compared with best 7/10 elsewhere this is surely a must for all coupons on Tuesday night.
Moving on to Wednesday night, and Sheffield Wednesday make the trip to Newcastle in the League cup and again I fancy goals in this tie. Newcastle need to start scoring goals and this is their dilemma at the moment. In comparison Sheffield Wednesday with their following will fancy the win on the night, but can Newcastle stop them?
This is one of these ties when you know Wednesday will be going for this, but can Newcastle afford to sit back and fold? Echoing the answer no is most likely! Individually, Newcastle has seen just two of their last six head over 2.5 goal with three of the last six Wednesday games.
Please do not let this deter you as the odds imply the bookies are playing this as the marginal favourite. Newcastle were able to reel off a 4-1 in the last round and I think with all at stake, this will also see goals!
By Dave South (@LockupTipster)
The over 2.5 treble pays best at SkyBet where a £20 stake returns £113.97