Mauricio Pochettino has failed to win a trophy during his four-and-a-half spell in charge of Tottenham and there is a danger that this season could peter out if his side lose at West Ham in the EFL Cup.
Pochettino seems certain to make a raft of changes as his side were involved in a draining Premier League clash against Manchester City on Monday and the Hammers can take full advantage by winning the London derby.
West Ham lost 1-0 to Spurs in the league less than a fortnight ago but were a little unfortunate not to take anything from the game and are playing better than recent results suggest.
Anderson has settled in well following his move from Lazio during the summer and if he gets the opportunity, the Brazilian could be the one to hurt a tired Tottenham.
Arsenal have only won the League Cup in its various guises twice and the last of those triumphs came under George Graham’s guidance in 1992/93.
They lost three finals during Arsene Wenger’s spell in charge and it would be ironic if Unai Emery was able to win the competition in his first season at Arsenal. They are 11/2 to claim this season’s EFL Cup.
The Gunners have a great chance to reach the quarter-finals as they are at home to mid-table League One side Blackpool.
The Seasiders have been hard to beat this season, only losing two of their 14 league fixtures, but do not appear to have the quality to trouble Emery’s side.
Elsewhere, Frank Lampard returns to Stamford Bridge having guided his Derby County side to an impressive victory over Manchester United, and his former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, in the last round.
The Rams are unlikely to repeat the trick against Maurizio Sarri’s unbeaten outfit though and the Blues are 31/20 to win the match with both teams scoring.
Middlesbrough are going well in the Championship and many people will expect them to get the better of Crystal Palace.
However, Roy Hodgson’s team are a gritty outfit and should edge a tight Teesside affair.
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