England EFL Cup Betting Odds Comparison

Round Of 16 Betting Odds Comparison – 2018/2019

Arsenal v Blackpool – Arsenal -2 Goals

Arsenal are on a tremendous run of form. The wins keep coming under the management of Unai Emery but it’s the style of football that is most exciting the Gunners faithful. Emery has shown during his career that he values cup competitions so there is every reason to believe he will take Wednesday’s match against Blackpool seriously. It’s been a very tough few years for the Seasiders so their fans will enjoy the trip to the Emirates. They won’t enjoy the match itself though so bet on Arsenal with a two goal handicap at best betting odds of 10/11.

Chelsea v Derby – Both Teams to Score

After knocking out his former boss, Frank Lampard takes his Derby side to Chelsea, the club at which he had such great success. Lampard knew that taking the Derby job would be a challenge but odds comparisons show the Rams have a real chance of winning promotion. They’ve improved defensive lately and possess some quality options in attack. Chelsea are the worthy favourites – their second string can beat any Championship side – but Derby are no pushovers so a bet on both teams to score looks good at best football odds of 6/5.

West Ham v Tottenham – Over 2.5 Goals

The highlights of Tottenham’s recent Premier League win at the London Stadium showed that they had to rely on some excellent saves from Hugo Lloris to secure the three points. It’s hard to argue against Spurs deserving the win on the balance of play though. That loss will motivate West Ham to bounce back and knock Tottenham out of the EFL Cup just like they did last season. The Irons definitely have a chance under the lights on home soil but will do well to keep Spurs at bay. Calling the result looks tricky, so betting on an entertaining game by taking the football odds of 4/5 for over 2.5 goals looks the way to go.

Man City v Fulham – Man City to Score Over 3.5 Goals

The Premier League’s big boys are taking the EFL Cup increasingly seriously as managers wake up to the value of winning silverware in February. Yes, Man City have bigger fish to fry but don’t think for a second that Pep Guardiola will take Thursday’s match against Fulham anything but very seriously. Fulham are finding it incredibly hard to keep their shape since winning promotion and City should take full advantage by scoring at least four goals, something which can be bet on at solid looking odds of 11/8.

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.