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With Mourinho's men desperate for victory after three successive defeats, Al Hain-Cole thinks the Cobblers could be in for a long night at the Sixfields Stadium

Manchester United will be hoping for a much-needed confidence boost when they travel to the Sixfields Stadium to take on Northampton Town in Wednesday’s EFL Cup clash.
 
Having lost three consecutive games within the space of a week, Jose Mourinho’s men are available at 3/10 (1.30) with Paddy Power to bounce back with a victory against League One opposition.

While that price is very short, understandably so given the gulf between these two teams, new Paddy Power customers can get 4/1 (5.0) on the red-hot favourites winning in normal time when opening an account through the link below.
 
Meanwhile, the Cobblers saw their 31-game unbeaten streak brought to an end in a 3-1 defeat at Chesterfield on Saturday but are on offer at 8/1 (9.00) to return to form with a shock win against their prestigious guests.


 
The visitors were knocked out on penalties by Middlesbrough in their last outing in this competition, and you can get odds of 9/2 (5.50) on them being held to another stalemate after 90 minutes in this one.
 
While not a universally popular appointment among the Old Trafford faithful, Mourinho appeared to be immediately justifying his arrival when winning three out of his first three matches.
 
However, three successive defeats in a nightmare week has put him under some degree of pressure, with dissent among the fans already brewing. This spells bad news for Rob Page’s team, who are now unlikely to be treated with any complacency by a side desperate for victory ahead of Saturday’s big match against champions Leicester City.


 
Having won seven and lost none of his eight previous league cup matches against lower league opposition, Mourinho will certainly not tolerate any slip-ups in a game that appears far more significant than when the draw was made in August.
 
Considering they have now conceded eight goals in their last four matches against teams from the third and fourth tier, odds of 5/6 (1.83) are not to be missed on Northampton losing out by at least two goals against an extra motivated United.

Manchester United (-1) to win at 5/6 (1.83) for a 2pt stake with Paddy Power

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