Red Devils to keep momentum in the EFL Cup
Manchester United have won their last seven matches in all competitions and start as seriously strong favourites in their EFL Cup quarter final clash with League One side Charlton Athletic to make it an eighth. Erik ten Hag won't take the visitors to Old Trafford on Tuesday night lightly, but can remain confident that the prospect of bringing some new silverware to the Red Devils' cabinet will be one step closer. Read our preview here:
Wan of us, Wan of us!
The head coach will make a number of changes to the XI that saw off a hapless Everton outfit in the FA Cup at the weekend, with Bruno Fernandes' suspension enforcing at least one of them. Christian Eriksen could take on his role and there might be a debut in goal for Jack Butland, who was brought in on loan several days ago from Crystal Palace. Right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been superb since coming in from the cold, and might at last have found a manager who will utilise his more conservative skillset in defence.
Meanwhile, the Addicks are still marooned in mid-table of the third tier, despite winning their last two games in the competition. Dean Holden took the reins in the dugout just before Christmas with the remit of pushing the club back towards the business end of the standings. Nobody will expecting his charges to pull off an almighty shock, but he will take heart from their penalty shoot-out win over Brighton & Hove Albion in the previous round. On the pitch, he could be without five first team members, and will look to creative midfielder Scott Fraser to spark something. The Scottish playmaker has five goals and four assists under his belt this term and he will supply a forward line containing the youth and vigour of Jesurun Rak-Sakyi and Miles Leaburn. The latter made his step up from the academy in the summer, and though mainly utilised from the bench under the previous management, he is showing plenty of potential with six goals to his name.
bet365 have odds of 2.50 for Man Utd to win in 90 minutes and both teams to score.