EFL League Cup Quarter-Final Preview: Arsenal And Tottenham To Clash In Huge North London Derby

EFL League Cup Quarter-Final Preview: Arsenal And Tottenham To Clash In Huge North London Derby

Meanwhile, Chelsea will host Bournemouth in tie to decide place in the final four

The two remaining quarter-final ties in the EFL League Cup are set to be played this coming Wednesday evening (19 December) and there is no doubt about which game has been grabbing the headlines. Old rivals Arsenal and Tottenham will meet at the Emirates Stadium just a couple of weeks on from their league encounter, while in the other tie Chelsea welcome Bournemouth to Stamford Bridge.

First things first

Before you go any further, head on over to the Oddsshark website, find your favourite betting site and get your own account up and running using your credit card. As a new customer and with the EFL League Cup set to reach its climax, there should be a wide range of promotions and special offers available to you.

Where should I be investing my money?

First up, that derby between Arsenal and Tottenham. The Gunners had been enjoying a 22-game unbeaten run under boss Unai Emery but were brought crashing down to earth this past weekend with a 3-2 defeat away to relegation threatened Southampton – Arsenal currently sit fifth in the Premier League table, just three points behind Chelsea in fourth.

Spurs, by way of comparison, are third and enjoying a fine run of form. Since losing 4-2 to Arsenal at the beginning of the month they have won three league games in a row as well as secured a draw away to Barcelona which saw them qualify for the round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League, where they will take on Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund, according to Oddsshark.

And while the betting is close, it is home side Arsenal who come in as the slight favourites for this cup tie. You can more than double your money by backing the Gunners to win inside 90 minutes at 2.60, with Tottenham only slightly higher at 2.75 – a draw would appear to be the least likely outcome and is priced accordingly at 3.60.

With cup ties you may also make a simpler bet based solely on who will progress. Again, it is Arsenal who are at the slightly shorter price of 1.80, with Spurs out at 1.95.

But we are expecting Spurs’ recent form to carry them through. A narrow 2-1 win for the visitors is priced competitively at 10.00, thereby offering a ten-fold return on any investment, while you could more than quadruple your money by backing a combo bet of a Tottenham win, coupled with both teams to score, which comes in at 4.33.

Not for the first time, Spurs will be relying on England forward Harry Kane to do the damage. The striker is at 1.90 to score at any time during the game.

Chelsea should spell the end for Bournemouth

In the other tie of the night, Chelsea host Bournemouth in a game they will be expecting to win fairly comfortably. The Blues sit fourth in the Premier League table but have won their last two league games on the bounce, including inflicting a first defeat on current champions Manchester City.

Bournemouth, in stark contrast, are struggling in the league after an excellent start to the campaign. The Cherries have lost six of their past seven encounters, and have slipped into the bottom half of the table with a negative goal difference.

It is therefore of little surprise to see that Chelsea are the overwhelming favourites to make it through to the semi-finals. You can back the Blues to do so inside 90 minutes at just 1.33, with Bournemouth all the way out at 11.00 to record a shock win – a draw is priced in the middle at 5.50.

Again, you can make a simpler bet on who you believe will progress. Chelsea again come in short, at 1.16, with Bournemouth at 5.00.

This is a game Chelsea should be winning in comprehensive fashion. A 3-0 win for the Blues is priced at 8.50, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$42.50 pay out, while you could more than triple your money by backing a combo bet of a home win and a “No” to both teams scoring, which is priced at 2.20.

Chelsea are at the same price to win this game to nil (without Bournemouth scoring a goal) while they are priced at 1.90 to score in both halves and 2.75 to actually go out and win both halves. Spain forward Alvaro Morata comes in at 2.20 to get on the score sheet.

EFL League Cup quarter-final ties (after 90 minutes):

Tuesday, 18 December

(9.00) Leicester City x Manchester City (1.36); draw (5.50)

(1.40) Middlesbrough x Burton Albion (9.00); draw (5.00)

Wednesday, 19 December

(2.60) Arsenal x Tottenham Hotspur (2.75); draw (3.60)

(1.33) Chelsea x Bournemouth (11.00); draw (5.50)

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