EFL League Cup Quarter-Final Preview: Teams Look To Make It Through To Final Four

EFL League Cup Quarter-Final Preview: Teams Look To Make It Through To Final Four

Leicester City host Manchester City, while Middlesbrough welcome Burton Albion

It’s cup week again in England, with the EFL League Cup taking centre stage with two of the four quarter-final ties set to be played this coming Tuesday night (18 December). First up, Leicester City are at home to current Premier League champions Manchester City, while at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough will host Burton Albion.

First things first

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Where should I be investing my money?

First, the all-Premier League tie between Leicester City and Manchester City. The Foxes have been beginning to stagnate slightly under Clause Puel and currently sit in 12th place in the league table, without a win in any of their last three league encounters – in normal circumstances, the cup may well serve as a welcome distraction, but they are coming up against probably the strongest side in the land.

Manchester City are, of course, the defending Premier League champions, although they have some stiff competition this year. They are currently second in the table, two points behind Liverpool, although they continue to score goals for fun – Leicester could well be in for a chastening experience.

And it is indeed City who come in as the overwhelming favourites to progress. You can back the visitors to win after 90 minutes at just 1.36 while Leicester, despite home advantage, re out to do the same at 9.00 – a draw is priced in the middle at 5.50, according to Oddsshark.

Alternatively, you can simply bet on who will qualify, with City at 1.18 and Leicester again further out at 4.50. We do not expect this game to go to either extra time or a penalty shoot-out, and the away side should wrap up the victory in fairly comfortable fashion.

A 3-1 win for Manchester City is priced competitively at 11.00, thereby offering more than a ten-fold return on any investment, while you could almost triple your money by backing a combo bet of an away win and both teams to score, which comes in at 2.75.

Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus, who bagged a brace at the weekend against Everton, will be keen to carry on his recent goal scoring form. The youngster is at 1.83 to net at any time during the cup tie, while you can back him at 4.33 to score either the first or the last goal of the game.

Middlesbrough should make final four

Also in action on Tuesday night is Middlesbrough, who host Burton Albion. Boro are one of the favourites to win promotion to the Premier League from the EFL Championship, but a run of four league games without a win has seen the side drop down to sixth – they remain just three points behind West Brom in third however, and are at just 1.72 to finish the season in the top six.

Burton Albion sit a division below Middlesbrough, in League One, and they are currently in the bottom half. Burton have lost two of their last three games and are 15th in the table – a daunting trip to Middlesbrough is unlikely to see them progressing any further in this cup competition.

And Boro come in as the red hot favourites to make it through to the semi-finals. You can back the home side to win inside 90 minutes at just 1.40, with Burton out at 9.00 to pull off a shock win – a draw is priced in the middle at 5.00.

Again, should you prefer, you can make a simpler bet based simply on who will qualify, with Boro at 1.20 to make it through and Burton at 4.33. This should be a resounding win for the home side, with a 3-0 victory for Middlesbrough coming in at 9.00, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$45 pay out.

In addition, you could more than double your money by backing a combo bet of a Boro win, coupled with a “No” to both teams scoring, which comes sin at 2.20. Middlesbrough are at the same price to win this game to nil (without Burton scoring a goal), with the home side also priced at 2.10 to score in both halves and 3.25 to actually win both halves.

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

(2.55) Arsenal x Tottenham Hotspur (2.80); draw (3.60)

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

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