THE CARABAO Cup provides Premier League managers an opportunity to give their fringe players a rare outing. It also gives them a chance to discover exactly what a Carabao is..

Apparently it’s an energy drink, a liquid that allows us do stupid things at a faster rate.

Previewing matches in advance when it comes to the Carabao Cup is fraught with danger. The more astute punters among us (if there are any ) will want to see the line-ups before nailing their colours to the mast.

That said, if there is one manager you can rely on to field a strong team it’s a certain Jose Mourinho

The Portuguese schemer has copped a lot of flak in the last couple of weeks for parking the bus against Spurs and losing to lowly Huddersfield, at the same time Pep Guadiola’s lot across the way are scoring for fun.

Make no mistake, the Specious One will field a strong team on Tuesday night when his team travel to Swansea.

Mourinho knows only too well that success is measured in silverware and when the season is all done and dusted it helps to have something shiny to show for it.

The United manager has won the League Cup four times, a joint record he holds alongside football legends like Brian Clough and Sir Alex Ferguson. He will be desperate to make it five, make no mistake.

This is the team Mourinho put out against Burton in the last round.

Romero, Darmian, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind; Carrick (c), Herrera; Lingard, Mata, Martial, Rashford.

Hardly a weakened line up.

Swansea, on the other hand, with Premier League survival their key aim, are likely to shuffle the pack. I expect United’s price to harden after the teams are announced.

That means it may pay to back United early.

On the spreads we recommend buying Man United at 68, the price is at Spreadex.

The market makes up at 100 so you will hopefully win 32 times your stake.

Please only bet what you can afford.


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