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

Jon Wilde 8 Jun 2017
  • 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

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. Prior to the competition getting underway in August however, we can only look at the outright market and give our outright tip which is as follows...

Manchester City to win the EFL Cup in 2018 at 6/1 with bet365

Manchester City are in need of silverware this season. Pep Guardiola's first campaign with the Citizens was hardly a disaster, but they were unable to add any trophies to the cabinet after struggling to keep the pace with Chelsea in the Premier League and being knocked out of the FA Cup.

It's fair to say that Pep didn't take this competition too seriously last year, fielding a weakened side in a Manchester derby defeat at Old Trafford, but with more strength in depth this season, it's likely that any changes Pep does make in the competition will be less likely to have such a negative effect.

What's more, Guardiola will be more aware of the importance of these cup competitions and should the Citizens find themselves in a title race as expected, picking up a trophy with a couple of months of the season remaining can do wonders for a squad's morale. On their day, City are as good as anybody in this competition - so they're favourites to lift the cup with good reason.

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