The often maligned EFL Cup welcomes the Premier League sides this week, at least those that are not in Europe, with the tie of the round looking like Newcastle v Leicester.
Newcastle of course have had that great result in the league at Tottenham and face difficult visitors in Watford this weekend. With relegation a perennial threat at the Toon it would seem sensible that the cup competitions take a firm back seat in Steve Bruce’s mind but we’ll see what team they put out on Wednesday.
Either way the potential trickiness of this fixture has helped keep Leicester’s odds of winning the competition a little higher for us as we back them to lift the trophy. At first they may seem like a bit of a leap but it’s not that long ago that they won the league after all. The spirit and some of the squad is retained and Brendan Rodgers is astute enough to know this is a realistic opportunity for silverware when plenty of other teams will be distracted. Last season Manchester City could only get past them via penalties and were rewarded with a semi-final against Burton Albion. We all remember dysfunctional Chelsea in the final and their goalkeeping fiasco too so a little luck for Leicester could have seen them as winners in 2018/19.
Manchester City of course will want to retain but when push comes to shove can they really give it their all with the chase for league and European glory hotter than ever? Liverpool would be the same with the Champions League to defend and the desperate desire to win the league after so long. Pochettino has made his views clear on the domestic cups so a Tottenham run would likely be by accident rather than design. That brings us to Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United as other teams in Europe (not forgetting Wolves of course) who will be looking for a top four place first of all and success abroad after that.
The majority of the teams that could knock Leicester out will see the EFL Cup as last on their list of priorities whereas for Brendan Rodgers, who collected trophies for fun in Scotland, it’s a genuine chance of a glory day out and a place in next season’s Europe League. With Premier League teams in action tonight (Tuesday) we’re taking the 25/1 on Leicester now in case any of those are eliminated and cause the odds to change.
Event: EFL Cup
Betting Market: Outright
Selection(s): Leicester City
Bookie: Mr Green
Published on: Aug 27, 2019 @ 06:15