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EFL Cup Betting

The EFL Cup is a knockout competition featuring the football league’s 92 clubs. The first round is drawn in Northern and Southern sections, thereafter a random draw takes place with no seeding in operation. All ties up until the semi-finals are played over a single match with extra time and penalties used to determine the winner in the event of a draw. The semi-finals are played over two legs, home and away, with the final then played at Wembley. The winner of the competition qualifies for the third qualifying round of the following season’s Europa League competition.

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Manchester United overcame local rivals Manchester City 1-0 to make the quarter finals of this year's competition. A solitary goal from Juan Mata in the second half was enough for United to progress and in the process dump out their neighbours and holders of the competition. Liverpool are also in the last out after they beat Spurs 2-1 with Daniel Sturridge netting himself a brace to put the Reds 2-0 up. A late Vincent Janssen penalty pulled a goal back for Mauricio Pochettino's men but it was not enough. Arsenal were the other big Premier League side to make it through as they recorded a straight forward 2-0 over Championship side Reading. That trio are joined in the quarter finals by West Ham, Southampton and Hull as well as Championship duo Newcastle and Leeds. The draw for the quarter finals was made directly after the final fourth round games and the quarter final draw is as follows:

Liverpool v Leeds

Manchester United v West Ham

Hull v Newcastle

Arsenal v Southampton

Liverpool are the bookies' favourites to win the competition, with their more favourable draw certainly boosting their chances ahead of Manchester United and Arsenal who both face trickier Premier League sides albeit at home.

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EFL Cup Betting Markets

Betting on the EFL Cup follows the same blueprint as betting on most English football leagues. The televised games have an abundance of betting markets from the typical Match Odds and Correct Score betting to betting on the number of corners, number of bookings and specials, whereas the non-televised matches will carry only the more traditional Football Betting markets.

Popular EFL One Cup Betting markets include;

- Match Odds

- Over/Under 2.5 goals

- Correct Score

- First Goalscorer

- Handicap Betting 

- Both Teams To Score 

- Draw No Bet 

- Half Time/Full Time

History of the EFL Cup

The EFL Cup has taken on many different personas since it was introduced in the 1960-61 season specifically as a midweek floodlit competition. Up until 1982 the competition was simply known as the Football League Cup, then from 1982 onwards it began adopting the name of its sponsor.

From 1982-86 it became the Milk Cup, then until 1990 it was the Littlewoods Cup, then the Rumbelows Cup for two years, the Coca Cola Cup for six years, the Worthington Cup for five, the Carling Cup for eight years, the Capital One Cup from 2011 to 2016 before rebranding simply as the EFL (English football league) Cup

Aston Villa won the inaugural trophy after they beat Rotherham 3-2 in a two-legged final. Liverpool are the most decorated side in League Cup history having won the trophy eight times, Villa and Chelsea have their name on the trophy five times, while Manchester United, Manchester City, Nottingham Forest and Tottenham Hotspur have each won it four times.

EFL Cup facts

- Sir Geoff Hurst and Ian Rush are the competition’s top scorers having each scored 49 League Cup goals

- Clive Allen’s 12 goals in the 1986-87 campaign are the most from any one player in a season

- Most goals scored in a League Cup match – 6 goals by Frankie Bunn (Oldham v Scarborough)

- Youngest player – Ashley Chambers, 15 years 203 days (Leicester v Blackpool, 2005)