Both sides have had a great start to their domestic campaigns and both managers will want their respected teams to do well in the domestic cups too.
For Arsene Wenger, it is vital Arsenal win a trophy sooner rather than later. It’s been over eight years since the Gunners last won a major trophy and for Jose Mourinho, the League Cup is where his success began in his first stint as Chelsea manager.
We expect both teams to field different players to those who played at the weekend. For both sides the League Cup can be used for fringe players to prove a point.
In his previous reign, Jose Mourinho was never beaten by Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal. At home they won four and drew four. Away from Stamford Bridge Chelsea won once and drew twice.
Chelsea won both Premier League fixtures against Arsenal 2-1 last season and that’s 17/2 to happen in 90 minutes on Sky Bet.
To some spectators, the omission of Juan Mata has come as a great surprise as he has been Chelsea’s shining light in the past two seasons. It has been evident that Oscar offers more when Chelsea don’t have the ball but Juan Mata is a special player. He has scored three goals in three starts against Arsenal and is expected to feature.
Juan Mata to score in 90 minutes is 7/2 on Sky Bet.
Arsene Wenger may give striker Nicklas Bendtner a run out as his striking options are limited. But if his ambitions to win a trophy are true, he may stick with Olivier Giroud.
If the Frenchman is not scoring goals he is involved in setting up Arsenal’s goal and has been a threat this season.
For this particular game it is hard to call first goal scorers because of the potential rotation policies the two managers may enforce. Jose Mourinho has never been a fan of rotation but with a large squad and the fact they played on Sunday, there are expected changes.
Chelsea to win 2-1 is 10/1 part of the price boost on Sky Bet.
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