The Third Round of the Carling Cup starts tonight, with a few tasty games in store.
The main match-ups see Bolton travel to Burnley, where Owen Coyle faces his former side who he left mid-season last year. He will likely get a mixed reception, as he did wonders with Burnley, bringing them into the Premier League, while he also ditched them when provided with the chance to enhance his career at Bolton. Burnley were subsequently relegated back to the Championship.
Tottenham entertain Arsenal in the North-London derby, which should be interesting, as Arsene Wenger uses this competition to blood his every growing band of youngsters and Tottenham will look to give some fringe players valuable game time. Expect an attacking match.
Other Premier League match-ups include Stoke v Fulham and Sunderland v West Ham.
Newcastle play tomorrow, so I’ll preview those matches later.
The Jets are also playing tomorrow night, making the trip up to the Gold Coast. The game has been guaranteed to go ahead by FFA chief Ben Buckley, while the home match against Melbourne Victory will also be played. However, there has been no announcement from either side of where the future lies after next Saturday. Hopefully a decision is made soon.
Anyway, so to the game, and it is the A-League’s two most troubled sides clashing tomorrow night in a must win game for both clubs. The Gold Coast attracted the lowest crowd in A-League history in their game against the Central Coast on Sunday and could beat that record again with a Wednesday night game coupled with a 0-0 draw not likely to convince many to come to the game. Meanwhile, the Jets players are still suffering with the uncertainty about where their next pay check will come from and that must be affecting them to a certain degree. Branko is a genius though, both through tactics and man-management and he will have the boys well drilled and pumped up to claim back-to-back wins. Italian import Fiorentini is expected to make his competitive debut, and hopefully the Italian can dictate play and help launch the Jets’ attacks through his defensive midfield role.
I’m tipping a Jets win because we need it and I think we’ve got the desire and quality.
Ok so that’s a brief wrap, reports on tonight’s Carling Cup games and the upcoming matches tomorrow.