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EFL Cup 2017/2018 predictions and tips - Top 3 bets

  • Another season of EFL Cup football gets underway in August
  • Who do you fancy to go all the way this year? 
The EFL Cup trophy (credit: Getty Images)

The 2017-2018 EFL Cup journey begins in August and every team from the Football League will be fighting it out to get their hands on the famous trophy. Get our best bets here.

History of the EFL Cup

The EFL Cup, or the League Cup as it was until the beginning of last season, was conceived in 1960 as a response to the growing popularity of European football and in many cases to allow clubs to make use of their new floodlights by playing midweek night matches and up until the final, all matches in this competition are playing in midweek still to this day.

The tournament is played over seven rounds and used to be two legs in each round, including the final, although now teams play just once apart from at the semi-final stage where teams play home and away in a two-legged affair, before the final is played at Wembley as the tournament concludes in either February or March.

Liverpool are by far the most successful team in the competition having lifting the cup no fewer than eight times, with Manchester United the holders from last year in joint second in the running alongside Chelsea and Aston Villa, whilst Tottenham Hotspur, Nottingham Forest and Manchester City have won the competition four times each.

Although this competition doesn't have the same attraction as the FA Cup, it's a great opportunity to not only earn some silverware but also it's a chance for the victor to get into Europe as the winner of this trophy also enters the Europa League qualifying stages.

EFL Cup 2017/2018 Season Preview

Jose Mourinho has something of a love affair with this trophy and he got his hands on it once again last season as his Manchester United side overcame Southampton at Wembley in the final to earn some silverware in what was a disappointing league campaign for the Portuguese boss at Old Trafford.

United will be among the contenders once again of course, but Chelsea and Manchester City are all stronger sides than the Red Devils on paper right now, whilst Tottenham Hotspur are desperate to get their hands on some silverware under Mauricio Pochettino sooner rather than later.

There are several sides in the Premier League however who perhaps will see this competition as the ideal route to European competition. The likes of Southampton, West Ham United and Stoke City will be looking to add long-awaited silverware to their cabinets and all are capable of beating the top teams on their day.

EFL Cup 2017/2018 Outright Odds

We may be a long way from learning who will lift the famous trophy in 2018, but the bookies have already posted their early EFL Cup outright winner odds as fans across the country place bets on their side in the hope they'll be getting their names on the cup next year.

Pep Guardiola has made some impressive additions to his already strong Manchester City outfit and it's no surprise that they're considered the favourites, although last year's winner Manchester United aren't far behind in the running and as you'd expect, 2016/2017 Premier League champions are second favourites behind the Citizens.

Behind those main three in the running are Tottenham and Liverpool side's desperate to see their managers earn their first pieces of silverware in charge of their respective club's and an Arsenal outfit that were among the trophies last season as they picked up the FA Cup.

EFL Cup outright odds from bet365

EFL Cup outright odds from bet365

TeamOdds from bet365
Manchester City6/1
Manchester United7/1
West Ham25/1
33/1 bar

Our Top 3 Bets for Round Three

Looking for some EFL Cup betting tips? Every round we will update this section with our Top 3 EFL Cup betting tips for the relevant round. Here are our top three bets for Round Three.

Bournemouth to beat Brighton and both teams to score at 3/1 with BetVictor

AFC Bournemouth picked up a vital first win of the season in the Premier League on Friday night as they overcame fellow south coast side Brighton & Hove Albion at the Vitality Stadium. Now, just a matter of days later, the Cherries welcome the Seagulls back for another clash, this time in the EFL Cup and the hosts are expected to emerge victorious once again.

That game on Friday night in front of the Sky cameras finished 2-1 to the hosts, with Jermaine Defoe bagging his first goal since his return to the Dorset club. Both Eddie Howe and Chris Hughton have been known to rotate in this competition in the past and if they do so again on Tuesday night, we're anticipating the Cherries' relative strength in depth to shine through on the scoreline.

The visitors will always try to play on the front foot and the likes of Glenn Murray and Jose Izquierdo will be hoping to shine if given the chance, we anticipate the away side getting on the scoresheet at least but it should be Howe's men who progress to the next round and continue their quest to earn their first ever EFL Cup trophy this term.

Aston Villa and Middlesbrough to draw at 12/5 with bet365

Aston Villa and Middlesbrough faced off in the Sky Bet Championship just one week ago at Villa Park, with the spoils being shared as neither side could make the breakthrough in a goalless draw. The Villains have struggled to live up to expectations so far this season, but a confidence boosting 3-0 win at Barnsley over the weekend may see them turn the corner now.

With Steve Bruce seemingly under pressure from the Villa Park faithful to improve results in the league, he may be tempted to rest players for the visit of Middlesbrough in the EFL Cup. But Boro themselves, although they've lost just one of their last eight matches in all competitions, have not been particularly convincing at the jury remains out on new boss Garry Monk.

Essentially, these two teams are very well matched and although both sides will undoubtedly want the victory, we think their priorities ultimately lie elsewhere and that's why we can anticipate the game fizzling out into a draw in ninety minutes at odds of 12/5 with bet365.

Wolves to beat Bristol Rovers with a two goal handicap at 7/2 with Ladbrokes

Wolves have been in terrific early season form in the Sky Bet Championship and they're in second place in the second tier after eight matches, behind leaders Leeds on goal difference alone. The Midlands club have made some excellent signings over the summer and the Molineux crowd seem to be confident their team can achieve something special over the course of this season.

Their opponents in the third round of the EFL Cup are on of the few remaining sides from the bottom two divisions of the English league pyramid. Bristol Rovers have managed impressive wins over Cambridge United and Fulham to reach the third round, but we think this trip to the Midlands may prove a step too far for Darrell Clarke and his charges on Tuesday night.

The Gas have lost three of their last four games in League One, including a 3-0 thumping at the hands of promotion favourites Wigan Athletic this weekend so a Wolves side that have already racked up plenty of goals against Championship opposition so far this season should face few problems in easing to a very comfortable victory in this one.

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