Will Rook provides his football tips from Wednesday’s action in the EFL Cup and across Europe.
Manchester United to win or draw v Manchester City (19:45)
Manchester United come into this having won 10 and drawn two of their last 12 domestic matches, including a goalless draw against City last month.
United also have a decent recent record in the Manchester derby, having won three out of four prior to that stalemate.
Manchester City are in decent form themselves, with four wins from four, but at close to even-money, their rivals are worth siding with here.
Under 2.5 goals in Athletic Bilbao v Barcelona (20:00)
Athletic Bilbao have conceded just five goals at home in La Liga this season – a total only bettered by leaders Atletico Madrid.
None of their last four matches have come in over this mark, while there haven’t been more than two goals scored in their last seven meetings with Barcelona.
Barcelona have been restricted to one goal in both of their last two league games against bottom-of-the-league Huesca and mid-table Eibar.
Lyon to beat Lens (20:00)
Top-of-the-league Lyon have earned 30 points from their last 12 league games – four more than any other side in Ligue 1.
Rudi Garcia’s side have won seven of their last eight as part of that run and now face inconsistent opposition.
Lens have lost three of their last six matches and won only four in 10.
PSG to keep a clean sheet v Saint-Etienne (20:00)
Paris Saint-Germain hammered Strasbourg 4-0 last time out, meaning they have kept three straight clean sheets.
The Ligue 1 title-holders have only conceded 10 league goals in 17 matches – fewer than any other side in the division.
Saint-Etienne have scored just 18 times this season – the third-fewest in the division.
Reims to beat Dijon (20:00)
Second-bottom Dijon have won just two of their 17 matches in Ligue 1 – fewer than any other side.
They do come into this on the back of a victory, but that was against bottom-of-the-league Nimes, and they had lost back-to-back matches prior to that.
Reims have taken seven points from their last three matches, including a 1-1 draw against Marseille last month.