England EFL Cup Betting Odds Comparison

The EFL Cup is the second most prestigious domestic football cup competition in England and often plays understudy to the more famous and historically significant FA Cup. But the EFL Cup – known as the League Cup – is an exciting competition that allows the smaller clubs in the English Football League to mix it with the big boys of the Premier League.

Having said that, the cream tends to rise to the top, and though many Premier League managers see the EFL Cup as something of a distraction (and often field understrength sides accordingly) it tends to be one of the bigger clubs that eventually triumphs. Recent winners have included Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool, though both Swansea City and Birmingham City have won the cup since 2010.

The teams enter the competition at various stages depending on their particular standings. The first round – which gets underway in in early August most years – has a total of 70 clubs involved: 24 from League Two (the lowest division of the Football League), 24 from League One and 22 from the Championship. The draw for the first round is split geographically into north and south sections with teams only drawn against another side from their section.

The second round sees the entry of the final two Championship sides along with 13 Premier League sides (those not involved in European competition), along with the 35 winners from the first round. The third round sees the entry of the seven Premier League sides who are competing in Europe.

For the 2017-17 competition it should come as no great surprise that the top of the betting is dominated by the biggest teams in the land. Man City are the favourite in the outright winner market at the time of writing, priced at best betting odds of 6/1 with Bet365. Chelsea – the current Premier League champions – are just behind at 13/2 with the same bookie while EFL Cup holders Man United are out at 7/1.

With Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham, Everton and last season’s losing finalists Southampton making up the top eight in the betting, it would be an almighty shock if a team from outside that octet were to lift the cup at Wembley next February.

A lot – as always with this competition – will depend on how seriously managers of the top sides want to take the EFL Cup. Arsene Wenger has often used this tournament to blood the youngest members of his squad, while Jose Mourinho has often dismissed it as meaningless (until, of course, his side gets towards the latter stages!)

With this in mind, our betting tip for EFL Cup success in the 2017-18 is the sleeping giant that is Everton. So often flattering to deceive in recent years, we think Ronald Koeman is building a strong and effective team, and if he invests the £75m from the Lukaku sale wisely, the Toffees could land this piece of silverware at nice odds of 20/1 with 888sport.

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