Salford City vs BurnleyEFL Cup, KO: 19:45 Sep 26, 2023, The Peninsula Stadium
Burnley will put their troubling Premier League form aside as they travel to Salford City for a midweek Carabao Cup third round clash. The Clarets will be keen to build some confidence with a comfortable victory and should be too strong for the struggling League Two side.
Salford City have done some giant killing in the Carabao Cup, overcoming two Championship sides to reach the third round. They needed penalties in both fixtures after playing out a 2-2 draw at Preston North End and a 1-1 scoreline with Leeds United.
Positive results like that have been quite rare for Salford City, who are enduring a difficult campaign. They are currently struggling near the bottom of the League Two standings and head into Tuesday’s clash off the back of five straight defeats, including a 3-2 loss to Notts County last Saturday.
Things are just as rough at home for Salford City as they are yet to claim a single regulation time victory across all competitions this season. Neil Wood’s side needed penalties to see off Leeds United in the previous round and have also lost their last two matches at the Peninsula Stadium.
Burnley edged past fellow Premier League side Nottingham Forest 1-0 to progress into the third round of the Carabao Cup. Zeki Amdouni's injury time winner proved the difference in a closely fought encounter.
That result has been the only win for Burnley this season as they have found it difficult adapting to life in the topflight. Vincent Kompany has stuck with his attacking philosophy and while it is yet to come good in the Premier League, the manager will be keen to flex those muscles and build some momentum against the League Two side.
Burnley are unbeaten on their travels across all competitions, although they have faced the same team away from home this season. They followed up the 1-0 Carabao Cup win at Nottingham Forest with a 1-1 draw in the Premier League.
How the bookies view it
Burnley have the upper hand among the bookies and are priced at 1/2 by bet365 to claim the win. A victory for Salford City is camped at 6/1 by BetVictor while a draw is set at odds of 7/2 by Paddy Power.
Head to head
There has been only one previous meeting between Salford City and Burnley with the Clarets claiming a 4-0 victory in a friendly back in 2021.
Players to watch
Salford City will be keen to capitalise on Burnley’s defensive problems and will look to Matt Smith to provide the attacking quality having scored four League Two goals so far. The forward was also on target in the previous round against Leeds United and is priced at 9/2 by bet365 to find the net.
Burnley will look to Zeki Amdouni to provide the spark in attack. The Swiss forward was on target in both matches with Nottingham Forest and is priced at 6/4 with bet365 to get on the score sheet on Tuesday.
Anything else catch the eye?
There were over 3.5 goals in Salford City’s outing last weekend and a repeat is priced at 15/8 with Paddy Power. Over 2.5 goals could also be considered at 3/4 with 10bet while bet365 is offering odds of 10/11 on both teams to score.
With Burnley priced at minimal odds for a straight victory, a win and over 2.5 goals can be considered at 6/5 with Paddy Power.
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