EFL Cup Betting Tips
Manchester City have dominated English football over the past couple of seasons. 2019/20 sees them attempting to win the EFL Cup for the third season in a row. Other Premier League clubs and those from the Championship, League One and League Two will be doing their best to ensure that doesn't happen.
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 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 91 teams in the Premier League and English Football League. It was 92 until the sad demise of Bury FC. There are no non-league teams in this competition unlike in the FA Cup. The current holders of the trophy are Manchester City who beat Chelsea on penalties in last season's final. That was City's second win in a row and not since Liverpool in 1984 has a club won this cup in three consecutive seasons. Can City equal that record this season?
Who will Win the EFL Cup?
- Manchester City - 13/8
- Liverpool - 5/1
- Chelsea - 7/1
- Leicester City - 8/1
- Everton - 12/1
- Manchester United - 12/1
- Arsenal - 14/1
- Wolverhampton Wanderers - 20/1
Dates for your Diary
- Round Four – week commencing 28 October 2019
- Quarter-Finals – week commencing 16 December 2019
- Semi-Finals First Leg – week commencing 6 January 2020
- Semi-Finals Second Leg – week commencing 27 January 2020
- EFL Cup Final - Sunday 1 March 2020
Fourth Round Draw
Everton v Watford
Manchester City v Southampton
Crawley Town v Colchester United
Oxford United vs Sunderland
Aston Villa v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Burton Albion v Leicester City
Chelsea v Manchester United
Liverpool v Arsenal
The third round saw some shock results topped by League Two side Colchester United beating Premier League Tottenham Hotspur on penalties. Other Premier League sides to suffer shock losses were West Ham United at Oxford United and Bournemouth at Burton Albion. There are two League Two teams in the last sixteen and they have been drawn against each other. Crawley Town, followed up their second round win over Norwich City by beating Championship side Stoke City. That means we'll definitely have a League Two side in the quarter finals. With Oxford United playing Sunderland in round four, that's two of the teams in the last eight from outside the Premier League. League One Burton Albion, who reached the semi-finals of this competition last season, will hope to make it three with a win over Leicester City. That won't be easy and City are looking a good bet for this competition.
There are two big ties in the fourth round. Chelsea take on Manchester United at home and Liverpool host Arsenal. Manchester City remain the favourites to win this cup for the third season in a row. They will be confident of beating Southampton at home. Neither Everton or Watford have had a good start to their Premier League seasons. Everton will be hoping to get a win over their rivals and reach the last eight. The same goes for Aston Villa who will hope their improved form gets them a win over local rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers. Look out for previews of the top games in this fourth round written by our expert team of writers.
Who are the Recent Winners of the EFL Cup?
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.
That being said, you have to note that the top sides in the Premier League have very strong squads. They can play ‘reserve’ sides and still have plenty of internationals in their starting line-up with top players on the bench. The lure of a place in the Europa League is important, though most of the clubs winning this competition end up in the Champions League. That leads to grateful sides in the Premier League earning European places even if not finishing in the top six.
In the last 15 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 and Chelsea. Clubs do tend to play stronger sides as the chance to win the trophy becomes higher. EFL Cup winner celebrations have been taking place a fair bit in Manchester in recent years. Manchester City have won the trophy four times in the last six seasons with one triumph for Manchester United and the other season seeing Chelsea win the cup.
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.
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City Chasing a Hat-Trick
Manchester City won this cup last year on their way to a domestic treble. They had a few struggles on the way, including having to go to a penalty shoot-out against Leicester City and against Chelsea in the final. Pep Guardiola rests plenty of players but the squad at his disposal is so strong, City still manage to dominate this competition. Four wins in six years could easily become five in seven this season.
Could West Ham Spring a Surprise?
West Ham have made a decent start to the new season. They don't look like a club that is going to be battling it out for the top four but could do well in the cups. They had a good win at Newport County in the second round and have an away game at League Two Oxford United in the third round. They last reached the final of this competition in 1981 losing to Liverpool in the days when cup finals had replays. A bold bid to win this season can't be ruled out.
Arsenal Due a Win
A glance at that list of recent winners of this trophy has one glaring omission. Arsenal haven't won the EFL Cup since the 1992-93 season. They have come close with three losses in EFL Cup finals, the most recent being in the 2017/18 season when losing 3-0 to Manchester City. The Gunners have made several promising additions to their squad for this new season. That means a weakened team in the EFL Cup could still be a very powerful one. It worked in the Europa League last season, so there's a good chance that the Gunners may end their long wait to win this trophy.