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Wednesday's Sport: Burnley eye Old Trafford shock

It may be almost Christmas but there's still plenty of EFL Cup, Championship and Scottish Premiership action to look forward to on Wednesday, while it's day seven of the World Darts Championship.

Burnley will be keen to show they deserve to be back in the Premier League when they make the short journey to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United in the fourth round of the EFL Cup, while Blackburn Rovers entertain Nottingham Forest and Charlton Athletic take on Brighton.

Meanwhile, Coventry City do battle with improving West Brom in the Championship and Celtic aim to continue their title charge as Livingston travel to Glasgow.

Clarets keen to surprise

What: Manchester United v Burnley
Where: Old Trafford, Manchester
When: 20:00, Wednesday 21st December
How to watch: Sky Sports Main Event and Football
Odds: Manchester United 2/5, Draw 4/1, Burnley 6/1

When Burnley were relegated from the Premier League in May and financial problems meant they had to either sell or let the likes of Ben Mee, Nick Pope, James Tarkowski and Dwight McNeil go, it was anticipated that they could struggle in their first season back in the Championship.

However, nothing could be further from the truth with former Manchester City star Vincent Kompany guiding the Clarets to the top of the table and within sight of making an immediate return to the top-flight.

They have averaged two goals a game in the first half of the Championship campaign with Jay Rodriguez bagging nine. He is 15/4 to Score At Any Time at Old Trafford.

Rovers keen to show their class

What: Blackburn Rovers v Nottingham Forest
Where: Ewood Park, Blackburn
When: 19:45, Wednesday 21st December
Odds: Blackburn 11/5, Draw 9/4, Nottingham Forest 13/10

Blackburn, third in the Championship, will be confident of beating Forest, currently in the Premier League’s relegation zone, although Rovers remain focused on returning to the top division for the first time since 2012.

Rovers, who incredibly have not drawn any of their 23 Championship fixtures to date, may struggle to overtake Burnley and Sheffield United, but look set for a play-off push in the second half of the season. Blackburn are 11/2 To Be Promoted this season.

Forest had found a bit of form before the World Cup started, beating Tottenham in the EFL Cup and Crystal Palace in the league in November as well as drawing with Brentford. They are available at 33/1 To Win The EFL Cup Outright this season.

MVG headlines the Ally Pally

What: World Darts Championship
Where: Alexandra Palace, London
When: Thursday 15th December 2022 - Tuesday 3rd January 2023
How to watch: Sky Sports Darts and Main Event

Meanwhile, in the World Darts Championship Michael van Gerwen is 1/14 to beat Lewy Williams in the second round of the competition on Wednesday evening, while Mervyn King can be backed at 8/13 to get the better of Danny Baggish.

Gabriel Clemens comes up against William O’Connor and Stephen Bunting will attempt to get the better of Leonard Gates.

Horse racing is finding its stride again after the recent cold snap, with six meetings across Britain and Ireland on Wednesday.

Jumps cards take place at Fairyhouse, Hereford, Lingfield and Taunton, before the all-weather kicks in from Dundalk and Wolverhampton on an extremely busy day with 46 scheduled races.

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