Leicester’s clash with Chelsea is the headline tie from Tuesday’s Football League Cup line-up.
The Premier League champions have home advantage but at 11/10 it could well pay to side with the visitors.
Claudio Ranieri must balance Champions League ambition with the desire to show up strongly in the defence of the league crown the Foxes spectacularly won last season.
The Leicester boss will surely shuffle his pack for this League Cup tie at the King Power Stadium.
Antonio Conte has no such worries at Chelsea, with European football off the menu at Stamford Bridge this season.
The Blues boss is a noted taskmaster and he was clearly not a happy bunny after the defeat to Liverpool on Friday night.
Conte suggested that his players needed to start paying attention to smaller details in games if they are going to become a great team.
Chelsea have contested four League Cup finals since 2005 and with Conte certain to demand a response from his players, they are fancied to do the business against what just might be a Leicester team with eyes fixed on other prizes.
Newcastle’s five-match winning sequence was halted when Wolves won at St James’ Park on Saturday.
Magpies boss Rafa Benitez vowed to ‘try to correct things as soon as possible’ afterwards and the teams meet again at the same venue in cup action.
Newcastle have the stronger squad and at 20/31 the Spaniard can afford to make changes and gain quick revenge on Walter Zenga’s team.
Arsene Wenger suggested in the wake of Arsenal’s weekend win at Hull City that his team are playing their best football away from the Emirates Stadium right now.
Tension often fills the north London air when Arsenal fail to bring their best stuff to the party.
The Gunners have hit eight goals in their last three away games however and at 10/19 they should have few problems getting past a Nottingham Forest side that has been shipping an average of over two goals per game in the Championship this season.
Jurgen Klopp is another manager without European football to contend with this season. He showed no mercy in the previous round as his Liverpool side fired five goals past Burton Albion.
The Reds are on the road once more to face Derby on Tuesday evening.
Nigel Pearson’s team have only one win and two goals from eight games in the Championship thus far and are repeatedly misfiring having been touted as potential promotion candidates in the summer.
A strong Liverpool team will not offer much relief for the Rams and the visitors are 20/59 to get the win.