Despite Liverpool are leading the betting to claim the first major silverware of the English season, our tipster fancies Manchester United to make a concerted cup challenge
While his Liverpool team’s Premier League form already has fans dreaming of title glory, Jurgen Klopp’s best chance of bringing a first piece of silverware to Anfield actually appears to be in the EFL Cup.
Drawn at home against Championship side Leeds United in the quarter-finals, the Reds are 2/1 (3.00) favourites with Paddy Power to go all the way in a competition that saw them take home runners-up medals last season.
However, Garry Monk’s side are not be underestimated as they fly high in the play-off positions, and are available at 66/1 (67.00) to upset their in-form opposition before going on to lift the trophy.
Having twice finished up on the losing end in EFL Cup finals during his 20-year reign as Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger can be backed at 10/3 (4.33) to finally taste glory in this competition for the very first time.
The Gunners must first make it past Southampton at the Emirates in the quarter-finals, with Claude Puel’s side priced at 10/1 (11.00) to win their first piece of major silverware since 1976’s FA Cup win.
While the elite clubs are sometimes accused of not taking this competition seriously, Manchester United certainly gave it their all in overcoming neighbours Manchester City in the last round and should now be highly motivated to go all the way.
With his team’s Premier League campaign struggling, Jose Mourinho is well worth backing at 7/2 (4.50) to ease some pressure by delivering a trophy he won three times as manager of Chelsea, with West Ham 11/1 (12.00) up next at Old Trafford.
Meanwhile, Mourinho’s old rival Rafael Benitez is an 11/1 (12.00) shot to take home the title for Newcastle United, who are currently looking like a cut above the competition in the Championship.
The Magpies certainly appear a more cohesive outfit than quarter-final opponents Hull City, who are available at longer 20/1 (21.00) despite playing at home to a team one division below them.
|Manchester United to win the EFL Cup at 7/2 (4.50) for a 1.5pt stake with Paddy Power|