Bookmakers are unable to decide on a clear favourite for the Carling Cup title, after yesterday’s draw which saw Leeds United once again paired with Manchester United in a cup tie, while defending champions Birmingham City must travel to big spending Manchester City.
The Carling Cup third round draw has thrown up some tantalising ties, including a West London derby between Chelsea and Fulham, as well as three other all Premier League games as Everton take on West Brom, Stoke play hosts to Tottenham and Bolton travel to Aston Villa.
We are also guaranteed to see a lower league club make it to the fourth round of the Carling Cup, as League One outfit Rochdale will travel to the winner of the replay between League Two Aldershot and League One Carlisle.
But most bookmakers disagree on who should be Carling Cup favourites, with quotes for Manchester City ranging from 5.00 to 7.00, Chelsea from 6.50 to 7.00 and Manchester United from 5.50 to 7.00.
Bodog have Manchester United and Chelsea as joint favourites at 6.50, with Manchester City at 7.00 – the biggest price available on the Sky Blues at present.
Here is the draw for the Carling Cup Third Round in full:
Cardiff City v Leicester City
Wolves v Millwall
Chelsea v Fulham
Aldershot Town or Carlisle United v Rochdale
Arsenal v Shrewsbury Town
Burnley v MK Dons
Leeds United v Manchester United
Brighton v Liverpool
Nottingham Forest v Newcastle United
Manchester City v Birmingham City
Blackburn Rovers v Leyton Orient or Bristol Rovers
Swindon Town or Southampton v Charlton or Preston North End
Everton v West Brom
Crystal Palace or Wigan v Middlesbrough
Aston Villa v Bolton Wanderers
Stoke City v Tottenham Hotspur
The Carling Cup third round fixtures will take place from the 19th of September onwards.
You can find comparisons of all odds for Carling Cup here: Carling Cup 2011/2012 Odds Comparisons