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Bettingpro.com's writers offer EFL Cup betting tips for every televised tie from the second round onwards, while also offering betting tips in the form of daily best bets columns and accumulator bets.

The League Cup has been an ever-present on the football calendar since 1960-61 and is widely regarded as the second most prestigious cup competition in English football, behind only the FA Cup. Having been known as the Capital One Cup for sponsorship purposes since 2013, the League Cup has now been re-branded as the EFL Cup from 2016 onwards.

Though the competition has attracted criticism for allegedly being an unwelcome distraction to top Premier League clubs' domestic and European duties, it is perhaps best known for its unpredictability and tendency to produce a number of upsets.

The likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool have all been dumped out of the competition in recent years, and in 2013 Bradford City – of the basement division – beat three top-flight sides on their way to a stunning cup final clash with Swansea City at Wembley Stadium.

And if you are looking to bet on this cup competition, Bettingpro.com has all of the betting tips, news, odds and promotions as the race to reach Wembley unfolds.

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EFL CUP LIVE STREAMING & IN-PLAY BETTING (18+. T&CS APPLY)

One of the biggest changes in football betting is the move from the betting shop to online. This has given more choice to punters in terms or odds and markets but it has had another benefit as there has also been a move by the bookmakers to lure in customers by offering all sorts of benefits to having an online account.

Free bets are one such benefit, but the real innovation is that customers of the big betting firms can now watch and bet on live football matches online. There is an incredible array of live streamed matches from across the globe every single week, and customers now have access to matches in the EFL Cup.

There is no need for a satellite subscription, or any form of on-going payment, to watch online. All that is needed is an account with one of the major bookmakers and then you can watch online, for free, on your desktop, laptop or mobile device.

BEST BOOKMAKERS FOR BETTING ON THE EFL CUP

There is no shortage of bookmaker websites where you can place your bets on the EFL Cup, but with so many bookies to choose from which ones offer the most competitive odds and the best service?

Not only does Bettingpro.com offer advice on what bets you should place on the EFL Cup, we also offer advice on which bookmakers you should use. Our comprehensive reviews give you a rundown of what you can expect from the bookies when you become a customer of theirs.

Is there an incentive to sign up at the website - ie. free bets, risk-free bets etc? Are their odds competitive? Do they offer much variety in the way of markets? Can I bet In-Play? What special promotions can I use to insure my bet or boost my pay-out if it is a winner? Are matches live streamed? What standard of customer service can I expect?

All of those questions, and more, are answered in our reviews that you can access HERE.

EFL Cup Free Bets & Sign-Up Offers

The sign-up incentive has become a staple of the betting industry with bookmakers now offering new customers the chance to claim free bets, risk-free bets and more when they register for a new online account.

But what offers are available to you right now? Below is Bettingpro.com's favourite bookmaker welcome offers at this time...

EFL Cup Bookmaker Offers

Want to boost your returns or add a spot of insurance to your EFL Cup bets?

A whole host of bookmakers now offer special promotions for every round of fixtures in the EFL Cup, ranging from special price enhancements to money back specials, and Bettingpro.com has a rundown of the latest offers available...

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EFL CUP OUTRIGHT BETTING TIPS

Outright betting on EFL Cup remains a great way to make a profit while betting on English football, but of course you have to have some patience because these types of bets are not ones that pay out quickly, unless you have placed them during the final days of the season.

EFL Cup outright markets are straightforward - you are betting on potential winners, finalists etc, and these markets are available all season long so you can wait to see how a team performs before backing them in one of these markets. So what markets are available? Read on...

EFL Cup Winner

The name of this market says it all – you are simply betting on who will lift the famous trophy at the end of the EFL Cup Final. The usual suspects – Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City etc – are at the head of the betting, but that does not mean you cannot make a healthy profit by successfully backing one of them because the bookmakers do not tend to go too short with their odds prior to the start of the competition. And while the big guns have dominated this competition in recent years, this is still a knockout tournament that can throw up surprises because the big guns tend to gamble with understrength teams early on, so you could make a very big profit if you successfully back an outsider to lift the trophy at Wembley. This market is available from pre-season all the way through to the final itself, but the odds will change as the action unfolds, as teams march on and others crash out.

Name The Finalists

Perhaps you cannot decide between two teams – so why not back them both to reach the final instead? The ‘Name The Finalists’ betting market is simple, you bet on which two teams will go head-to-head for the EFL Cup Trophy. This market offers an opportunity to make a nice profit because there is added risk – you will need two teams to reach the final, and not one, for this bet to be a winner. And because of how competitive the EFL Cup can be, even the shortest priced final can be backed at an appealing price before the season gets underway. But of course, once the action begins, those odds could shorten quickly.

To Reach Final

This EFL Cup betting market is very similar to the ‘Name The Finalists’ one, but in this instance you only need to select one team to make the final. Fancy Manchester City to go all the way to the final but not completely convinced they will lift the trophy? If so then this is market for you. However, the odds in this market are a good deal shorter than those available in the ‘Name The Finalists’ because there is less risk. They are backable though, but just like the two markets I mentioned before, they will get shorter as the competition unfolds.

EFL CUP MATCH BETTING TIPS

Betting on EFL Cup ties has never been easier and there has never been so many markets to choose from for every single game – but which markets should you be using in an attempt to make a profit?

Bettingpro.com offers EFL Cup betting tips for matches throughout the competition, and the following markets feature regularly in our previews…

Winner

Football betting markets do not come much more simpler than this one – you are simply backing a team to win the game or for the match to end in a draw. This market is available for every football match you can possibly bet on, but it goes without saying that sometimes it will not offer the most appealing odds. The best chance of making a decent profit in this market comes from what the bookmakers perceive to be a very competitive. If a match looks to be one sided then there will be one clear favourite and that team’s odds will not be appealing.

Handicap

The handicap market is very similar to the ‘Winner’ market, but in this instance you are backing a team to overcome a fictional handicap. For example, Chelsea are 4/9 to beat Southampton, but that price offers very little in the way of appeal. However, you can still back Chelsea to win the match, at a better price, thanks to the handicap market. In this instance, Chelsea -2 to win the match is available at 7/2. So what does the -2 mean? It means Southampton will start the game with a fictional 2-0 lead and Chelsea must win by three goals in order to erase the deficit and win the match, landing you a winning bet. On the opposite side, you may believe Chelsea will win by a single goal so you could go Southampton +2, which is available at 1/2. That means if Chelsea win the match 1-0 on the field, Southampton will actually be 2-1 winners in terms of your bet once the two-goal handicap is applied.

Half-Time/Full-Time

Another way to back a team to win at a better price than the one available in the ‘Winner’ market is to dive into the Half-time/Full-time market. This market requires you to bet on who you think will be winning at half-time and full-time in the match. So for example, you may believe Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur will be drawing at half-time but fancy Tottenham Hotspur to be in front at full-time. Therefore the selection you would make would be Draw/Tottenham Hotspur, which would be available at around 5/1. This market can offer a great way to make a healthy profit because you need two things to happen for it to be a winner.

Winning Margin

Winning margin is another way to back a team at a better price than the one available in the ‘Winner’ betting market – and just like the previous markets I have mentioned this is straightforward. You are merely betting on how many goals a team will win by – Tottenham Hotspur to win by 1 goal, Tottenham Hotspur to win by 2 goals, Tottenham Hotspur to win by 3 goals more etc. So instead of backing Tottenham Hotspur to beat Manchester United at 5/4, you may fancy them to run out comfortable winners by two goals. Backing Tottenham Hotspur to win by 2 goals in this instance would offer a higher price of 6/1.

Total Goals

The outcome of the match does not matter as far as this betting market is confirmed – you are merely betting on how many goals will be scored in total. So for example, if you are expecting to see at least two goals you could back Over 1.5 Total Goals, or you may expect to see three or less so you would select Under 3.5 Total Goals. The prices in this market will obviously vary from match to match, so while it may offer a tempting price in one game it may not be particularly appealing in another.

Both Teams To Score

Just like ‘Total Goals’, this football betting market is not affected by the outcome of a match. When betting on this market you simply need both teams involved in the game to find the back of the net – it does not matter how many times they both score, each team just needs to score at least once. Of course, just like ‘Total Goals’ the appeal of this market will vary from match to match. For example, the odds on both teams scoring will be bigger if one team has a rock-solid defence that rarely concedes, while the price will be short if the match is features to two teams with leaky rearguards.

Match Result & Both Teams To Score

This market combines two of the previous markets I have mentioned – Winner and Both Teams To Score. It is straightforward though and it does offer another opportunity to back a match outcome at a bigger price than the one available in the ‘Winner’ market. In this instance, all you are doing is betting on the outcome of the match and whether or not both teams will score. So for example, you may expect odds-on favourites Chelsea to beat Southampton but want a bigger price than 4/9. By going into this market you can get a price as big as 12/5 on Chelsea to win & both teams to score. For this bet to win you just need Southampton to score in a losing effort. Of course, the odds are affected by the likelihood of both teams scoring.

Match Result & Over/Under Total Goals

This is very similar to the last market I wrote about, but instead of backing both teams to score you are simply betting on who will win and how many goals will be scored in the match. For example, when Manchester United face Tottenham Hotspur you may be expecting Spurs to win a match that sees at least three goals. Therefore you would back Tottenham Hotspur/Over 2.5 in this market at odds of 9/4. It does not matter if Tottenham win 3-0, 2-1 of 10-0 – as long as they are victorious and three total goals are scored then your bet would be a winner. Of course, the odds are affected by the likelihood of goals being scored in the match. 

First Goalscorer

First Goalscorer betting remains one of the most popular forms of betting when it comes to football matches. This market is available for every match in top club and international competitions, and it offers a great opportunity to make a healthy profit because you are simple betting on who will break the deadlock with the game’s first goal. With 20 outfield players on the pitch when the match gets underway, there are plenty of players to choose from and that means even the likes of Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero and Mohamed Salah will be available at backable prices. But perhaps you like the look of a goal-scoring midfielder – his odds could be rather sizeable and if he does break the deadlock you will enjoy a very tidy return.

Anytime Goalscorer

Odds in this market are shorter than the First Goalscorer market because you are merely betting on a player to score in the match. It does not matter if he nets first, second, third or last – as long as he finds the back of the net your bet will be a winner. Big name players are usually at short odds in this market, so you often have to be a little creative when picking out a goalscorer. Perhaps one team is excellent at set-pieces, bringing a defender into play in this market at a big price? Or perhaps a side has a midfielder with a knack for ghosting into the box and grabbing a goal here and there? This market can offer good rewards when you successfully back a player that is not exactly prolific in front of goal.

EFL CUP HISTORY

The EFL Cup may sit in the shadow of the FA Cup, but English football's secondary cup competition continues to offer clubs a great chance at silverware and no team has taken it more times than Liverpool who have lifted this trophy on no less than eight occasions.

Manchester United closed the gap in 2016/17 as Jose Mourinho led the Red Devils to a fifth final success in his first season in charge, and they now rank second all time alongside Aston Villa and Chelsea, one ahead of Tottenham Hotspur, Nottingham Forest and Manchester City.

And while the big guns have dominated this competition over the past few years, there have been some surprise finalists in the past decade with the biggest of them being Bradford City, who stunned THREE Premier League clubs en route to the 2013 final where the League Two club were finally beaten by Swansea City.

EFL CUP RECORDS

MOST EFL CUP FINAL APPEARANCES: Liverpool - 12

MOST EFL CUP FINAL DEFEATS: Arsenal - 5 (1968, 1969, 1988, 2007, 2011)

MOST GOALS IN AN EFL CUP FINAL: 5 - Queens Park Rangers 3–2 West Bromwich Albion (1967), Aston Villa 3–2 Everton (1977, Replay), Nottingham Forest 3–2 Southampton (1979), Luton Town 3–2 Arsenal (1988), Chelsea 3–2 Liverpool (2005), Swansea City 5–0 Bradford City (2013), Manchester United 3–2 Southampton (2017)

BIGGEST EFL CUP FINAL WIN: Swansea City 5-0 Bradford City (2013)

EFL CUP WINNERS

NUMBERTEAM
8Liverpool
5Manchester United
5Aston Villa
5Chelsea
4Tottenham Hotspur
4Nottingham Forest
4Manchester City
3Leicester City
2Arsenal
2Norwich City
2Birmingham City
2Wolverhampton Wanderers
1West Bromwich Albion
1Middlesbrough
1Queens Park Rangers
1Leeds United
1Stoke City
1Luton Town
1Sheffield Wednesday
1Swindon Town
1Oxford United
1Blackburn Rovers
1Swansea City

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