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EFL Cup Tuesday preview: Man Utd and Newcastle look to home comforts

There are two EFL Cup quarter-finals to look forward to on Tuesday night with Manchester United hosting Charlton Athletic and Newcastle United welcoming Leicester City to St James’ Park.

With places in the semi-finals at stake, the home comforts of St James’ and Old Trafford could play key roles in Tuesday’s showdowns.

Red Devils finding their groove

What:Man Utd v Charlton
Where:Old Trafford, Manchester
When:20:00, Tuesday 10th January 2023
Odds:Man Utd 1/8, Draw 9/1, Charlton 16/1

It has not been convincing at times but Erik ten Hag’s United are finding ways to win football matches and that’s all that will matter at this stage of the season for the Dutch tactician.

After a stuttering start to the campaign, United have started to find their rhythm with five wins on the bounce in all competitions.

Confidence certainly seems to be growing in the camp and United head into this next game on the back of a 3-1 win over Everton in the FA Cup third round.

Scoring in all of United’s last five games, England forward Marcus Rashford is a man in form at present.

Rashford is currently at 5/4 to score in the Anytime market against a Charlton side that are sat in 12th place in the League One table.

The Addicks have started to find some form after back-to-back wins over Portsmouth and Lincoln City but of course United will pose a much sterner test at Old Trafford.

Charlton have needed penalties to get past QPR, Stevenage and Brighton to get to this quarter-final stage of the EFL Cup but Tuesday’s game is unlikely to come to that.

United are available at 5/6 to win in the 90 minutes and keep Charlton off the scoresheet at Old Trafford.

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Expect Magpies response

What:Newcastle v Leicester
Where:St James’ Park, Newcastle
When:20:00, Tuesday 10th January 2023
How to watch:Sky Sports Main Event
Odds:Newcastle 11/20, Draw 16/5, Leicester 5/1

After the disappointment of a third round FA Cup defeat at Sheffield Wednesday, Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe will be looking for a response from his side when they host Leicester City.

The Magpies were on a five-game winning streak before their surprising 2-1 loss at Hillsborough, while Leicester only just managed to scrape past Gillingham 1-0 in the FA Cup thanks to a goal from Kelechi Iheanacho.

Brendan Rodgers’ side have endured a tough season so far and were on a three-game losing streak before that victory at Gillingham.

The Foxes have already hosted Newcastle at the King Power Stadium in the Premier League this season, where the Magpies ran out 3-0 winners.

Games between these two sides have tended to have plenty of goals, with over 2.5 total goals coming in in all of their last seven encounters. 

Over 2.5 goals at St James’ Park on Tuesday night is available at 17/20.

Newcastle's success this season has been largely based on an impressive defence, with Howe’s side conceding just 11 goals in their first 18 Premier League games of the campaign.

With Newcastle keeping four consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League ahead of this game, Leicester might well find it tough to create chances and they must take their opportunities if they are to have a chance of reaching the semi-finals.

Toon striker Alexander Isak returned from a lengthy hamstring injury against Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend and was unfortunate not to get amongst the goals.

The Sweden forward was denied by an excellent save from Cameron Dawson in one of his two shots on target before being substituted at half-time.

Isak will be eager to build up his fitness before a return to Premier League action and is likely to get more minutes on Tuesday.

The former AIK, Borussia Dortmund and Real Sociedad striker is 11/8 in the Anytime market to score against the Foxes and 15/4 to bag the opening goal of the game.

These are two sides having contrasting seasons and with the home comforts of St James’ Park, Newcastle are the deserved 11/20 favourites to win this one in the 90 minutes.

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