EFL Cup Betting Tips
Liverpool will be defending the EFL Cup that they won last season. That victory ended a run of four wins in a row for Manchester City. We will have plenty of coverage of the English League Cup throughout the season. Read our expert tips on this competition.
The 2022/23 EFL Cup
This is considered the secondary cup competition in English football. It doesn't have the long history of the FA Cup having not been launched until 1960. It's still an important trophy to win though with a Wembley final and a place in the Europa Conference League for the winners. How does it differ from the FA Cup? Well, this is the English Football League Cup (currently sponsored by Carabao) and is contested between the 92 teams in the Premier League and English Football League. There are no non-league teams in this competition unlike in the FA Cup. The current holders of the trophy are Liverpool who beat Chelsea to win the trophy. Will they be able to retain the cup this season?
Recent Winners of the EFL Cup
Manchester City haven't just dominated the Premier League. They won the EFL Cup for four straight seasons before losing a penalty shootout at West Ham last season. The last nine seasons has seen them win this competition six times. One feature of this competition is that clubs play weakened line-ups. However, that hasn't stopped the top teams in the Premier League from dominating the EFL Cup. It just shows what strong squads the best clubs possess.
In the last 18 seasons, the EFL Cup has been dominated by the top six teams in the Premier League. Only Swansea City and Birmingham City have prevented the trophy being won by either Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur (not won since 2008) or Chelsea. Clubs do tend to play stronger sides as the chance to win the trophy becomes higher.
Throughout the season, our team of experts will give you their views on the EFL Cup. Hopefully, their analyzing of the cup games will help give you some winners in the coming months as the top teams in the country bid to win this trophy.
How to predict EFL Cup matches?
It has to be remembered that clubs don't always put a great deal of emphasis on the EFL Cup. They don't do it for the FA Cup, so what hope is there for this competition. It's a good chance to blood youngsters and give fringe players some time on the pitch. It is important therefore to check the line-ups that are being selected. There are some teams, not just in the Premier League, that don't really care about this competition. Their main aim is to do well in their league or at least avoid relegation. Take a look at not how clubs have been getting on in recent weeks but in the past in this competition. That will give you an indication of just how much they rate the EFL Cup.
For some of the clubs in the Premier League, this and the FA Cup are their only chance to win a major trophy. There is a European place up for grabs and gaining that would be a big deal for clubs such as Brighton and Hove Albion, Newcastle United and Crystal Palace. .
Dates for your Diary
- Third Round - Week beginning November 7 - Remaining Premier League clubs enter the competition
- Fourth Round - Week beginning December 19
- Quarter finals - Week beginning January 9
- Semi finals (two legged games) - Weeks beginning January 23 and 30
- Final played at Wembley on Sunday February 26
2022/23 EFL Cup Third Round Draw
The third-round ties will take place from 8-10 November.
- Leicester v Newport County
- West Ham v Blackburn
- Wolves v Leeds
- Nottingham Forest v Tottenham
- Manchester United v Aston Villa
- Bournemouth v Everton
- Liverpool v Derby
- Burnley v Crawley
- Bristol City v Lincoln
- Manchester City v Chelsea
- Stevenage v Charlton
- MK Dons v Morecambe
- Newcastle v Crystal Palace
- Southampton v Sheffield Wednesday
- Arsenal v Brighton
- Brentford v Gillingham
Our EFL Cup Predictions of the moment
There are no previews at the moment for this competition