Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher is predicting that West Ham will beat Arsenal on penalties and progress to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.
With both teams expected to make changes for the match at the London Stadium this evening, Carragher says that the home side may be able to take advantage and secure a surprise victory:
“This one’s a big one. I think it’ll be a really tight game and Arsenal will make a few changes.”
“It depends on what teams get put out because I’m not sure the changes West Ham will make with them being in the Europa League as well, so I’m going to go for West Ham on penalties.”
It’s a great opportunity for the Hammers to progress to the last 8 of a domestic cup
Having broken their hoodoo by winning the Europa Conference League last season, David Moyes’ side will have ambitions of winning a trophy for a second consecutive year.
If you look at the teams remaining in the Carabao Cup, West Ham could have a great chance of winning the competition if they beat the Gunners.
Manchester City are already out, while one of Mansfield or Port Vale will be quarter-finalist, along with Exeter City or Middlesbrough.
West Ham fans will be hoping Moyes doesn’t make too many changes
As we saw in the defeat to Olympiakos in the Europa League last week, some of the Irons’ fringe players are not playing particularly well at the moment so, if they are drafted in for tonight’s match, as Carragher expects, it could harm the home team’s prospects of progressing.
While it is understandable some rotation will be needed due to the number of games that West Ham are playing, supporters will expect Moyes to field a side that still stands a good chance of beating Arsenal.