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blTuesday, 22/08/2017Best Betting Oddsbr
20:30Crystal Palace vs Ipswich Town 1.335.9312.00All Odds
20:45Leeds United vs Newport 1.365.5010.50All Odds
20:45QPR vs Brentford 2.703.752.75All Odds
20:45Watford vs Bristol City 1.604.426.25All Odds
20:45Accrington vs West Bromwich 6.714.201.57All Odds
20:45Brighton vs Barnet 1.355.7510.50All Odds
20:45Cardiff City vs Burton Albion 1.534.367.00All Odds
20:45Carlisle Utd vs Sunderland 4.504.051.85All Odds
20:45Aston Villa vs Wigan 1.763.935.00All Odds
20:45Birmingham vs Bournemouth 3.503.672.25All Odds
20:45Fulham vs Bristol Rvrs. 1.505.007.50All Odds
20:45Middlesbrough vs Scunthorpe 1.504.528.00All Odds
20:45Doncaster vs Hull City 2.103.713.75All Odds
20:45Sheffield Utd vs Leicester City 5.003.951.90All Odds
20:45MK Dons vs Swansea 5.043.941.90All Odds
20:45Grimsby vs Derby County 6.634.211.60All Odds
20:45Norwich vs Charlton 1.356.3311.00All Odds
21:00Reading vs Millwall 2.303.513.40All Odds
21:00Bolton vs Sheff Wed 3.903.502.30All Odds

blWednesday, 23/08/2017Best Betting Oddsbr
20:45Cheltenham vs West Ham Odds
20:45Southampton vs Wolves 1.504.758.16All Odds
20:45Newcastle vs Nottingham For. 1.504.808.00All Odds
20:45Huddersfield vs Rotherham 1.405.169.67All Odds
21:00Blackburn vs Burnley 3.553.532.30All Odds
21:00Stoke City vs Rochdale 1.365.6013.00All Odds

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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