Burnley in the League Cup, some news and some speculation

Tomorrow is a big game for Gerard Houllier. He is coming up against a team from a lower division in the tournament where we are third favourites to win, behind Manchester United and Arsenal.

It isn't that we can't win the FA Cup, it's that it is taken more seriously by the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal and the tournament still has every other team from the Premier League in. We have a realistic chance of doing well in this tournament.

But, we have to take each match as it comes and Burnley are doing okay in the Championship and are one point away from sixth place, so we can not expect tomorrow to be an easy victory.

Burnley odds

As you can see from the odds table above - we are clear favourites to win this match and it is the safest bet all round, but you bet at your own risk. Me, I'm not having the mortgage payment on it, but I'm having double, a win tomorrow and a win on Sunday.

Martin O'Neill, Randy Lerner and Martin O'Neill

A rumour doing the rounds is that former manager Martin O'Neill is in talks with Saudi club Al Hilal to become the new manager on a two year deal.

This would be good for them and I think good for Martin O'Neill. A couple of years away from the bright lights and he'll come back with more vigour and enthusiasm than ever before. A bit like going to Scotland.

News in brief

You've all heard by now that Petrov is out for a couple of months. It isn't nice, but it is an opportunity for Nigel Reo-Coker as the talk is he will get the captains armband. It will also be interesting to see who the manager puts in alongside him - you'd think Sidwell, but it could also be Stephen Ireland, with Albrighton on the right, Downing on the left and Ash, stuck in the middle.

Gabby isn't going to make the match on Sunday but Heskey isn't going to eat from Thursday so he'll be hungry come midday Sunday. Nothing to worry about.

And that is about it. Burnley is a big match and if you were undecided about attending, make your mind up and go - you might just need the booking history if we do well in this tournament again.