England EFL Cup Betting Odds Comparison

2018/2019 Semi Final First Leg

Tottenham v Chelsea – Tottenham to Win

The one thing you’ll hear over and over again in discussions about Tottenham is that it is high time they started winning something. That’s probably unfair given the improvement the team have made under Mauricio Pochettino with limited funds, but there is no doubt everybody at the club is working very hard to secure that illusive piece of silverware.

Our odds comparison shows that the bookies believe Tottenham have a good chance of taking one step closer towards the EFL Cup final with a win in the first leg of their semi final against Chelsea. The Blues have been far from their best over the Christmas period whereas the wins keep coming for Spurs, so a bet on the home side looks in order at best football odds of 11/10.

Man City v Burton - Man City -2 Goals

Burton Albion can’t quite get going in League 1. Nigel Clough’s men appear very much stuck in mid table having found it almost impossible to string together a run of wins. Things couldn’t be more different in the EFL Cup though where the Brewers have come through some tough tests to book their place in the semi finals.

The odds suggest that it’s going to take something bordering on the miraculous for Burton to take one more step to the final. Man City are the current EFL Cup holders and would love to secure some early season silverware. Pep Guardiola would also love to put this tie to bed in the first leg so expect a big win for the home side who are well priced with a two goal handicap at best betting odds of 5/6.

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Leicester v Man City - Man City to Win and Over 2.5 Goals

The EFL Cup provided Pep Guardiola with his first piece of major silverware as Man City manager. The Spaniard has taken a leaf out of some successful managers before him in making the most of the chance to win an early trophy that the EFL Cup provides and he’ll be taking Man City’s title defence very seriously indeed.

Leicester are also taking the EFL Cup seriously. Claude Puel has done enough to end the speculation that surrounded his job in the earlier part of the season but he’d still love to be the man to bring another trophy back to the King Power Stadium. The Foxes will fight for their future in this competition and should play a part in an entertaining match but they’ll still likely fall short, which makes a bet on Man City to win and over 2.5 goals being scored stand out in the football betting odds at 20/21.

Middlesbrough v Burton Albion - Both Teams to Score

You would think that any team who have made it to the final eight of the EFL Cup would be taking the chance to win the tournament very seriously. There is a feeling, though, that some in the Middlesbrough setup could almost do without the distraction from their Championship campaign. Promotion is very much the aim in the North East but Boro have slipped off the pace a little in recent weeks.

Tony Pulis is starting to lose some of the support of the fans on Teesside as Middlesbrough have faltered lately in their attempts to win promotion back to the Premier League. There is little chance that the wily manager will risk any of his key players for a home match against Burton Albion, which suggests the away side will be able to at least grab a goal. Our odds comparison shows that both teams to score is available at even money and that must be considered a very good price.

Arsenal v Tottenham - Over 2.5 Goals

The recent north London derby in the Premier League did not disappoint – have they ever over the last 10 years? Tottenham left the Emirates with their tails between their legs but they more than played their part in a thrilling end to end match which has whet the appetite ahead of this EFL Cup clash.

The one thing you’ll hear more than anything about this current Tottenham side is that they need to win something and turn potential into something tangible. They showed that they have the class and the competitive edge required for Mauricio Pochettino to finally get his hands on a trophy when they battled for a point in Barcelona. Spurs should once again play their part in an entertaining match but will struggle to keep this ever improving Arsenal side at bay. Therefore, the safest option on this one could well be to get on over 2.5 goals at best betting odds of 13/20.

Chelsea v Bournemouth - Chelsea to Win the Second Half

Eddie Howe and Bournemouth to win a lot of praise for the style of football that they are trying to play. The Cherries are winning many fans around the country for the way that they take the game even to much stronger opposition and despite having their fingers burnt with some poor results of late, Bournemouth will do everything in their power to win at Stamford Bridge.

Our odds comparison shows that Chelsea remain the favourites but the betting odds available on outcomes such as both teams to score and the various markets reflect a match which could actually be quite tight. That is especially likely given that Maurizio Sarri will shuffle the pack. Chelsea may take some time to find their fluency but they should hit their stride later on, bringing key players off the bench if needed, and win the second half at odds of 4/7.

Closing Paras

The EFL Cup is not top of many clubs’ priorities at the start of the season but that changes when we get to the last eight teams standing. This week’s quarter finals contain three all-Premier League ties including the north London derby, whilst Middlesbrough and Burton both have a real chance of making it to the semi finals.

There is a live match for football fans to watch on both Tuesday and Wednesday and the four matches all provide opportunities for punters. We’ve tried to make the most of that opportunity by putting together an accumulator of the four best betting options above. This will pay out at around the 9/1 mark should all four selections come in and would provide a nice midweek boost to the balance!

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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.

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