Five teams you should put in your accumulator for the EFL Cup
The EFL Cup returns this week and there are a number of big games in the fourth round to keep us interested, despite it largely being an after thought for fans and clubs alike in recent years.
The newly branded domestic cup has been described as ‘Mickey Mouse’ in the past, with club’s choosing to disregard the importance of winning it and often using it as a chance to give youngsters and fringe players some much needed minutes in the first team.
However, with the footballing landscape changing over the past 12 months or so, there are several reasons why clubs should start taking this competition seriously, particularly if they’re competing at the top end of their respective leagues.
What the EFL Cup provides is the chance to secure silverware midway through the season and, in turn, give the winning club the chance to then turn their attention to much bigger competitors such as the league or Champions League during the second half of the campaign – the FA Cup does not provide such luxuries.
So with a Manchester derby, Liverpool hosting Tottenham and Chelsea travelling to West Ham, we could see the top-flight’s big clubs opting to actually take this competition seriously for once, but don’t hold your breath!
That means betting on the EFL Cup this season is a little bit more difficult, but we’re going to have a go at picking five clubs we think you should be backing on your Winner Sports accumulator this week.
Here are the five teams we’re backing, make sure you don’t miss out…
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