With the third round of the EFL Cup having been drawn this week, it is an ideal time to check out the runners and riders and try to pick out a potential winner.
Manchester United are the holders, having beaten Southampton in last season's final, but Jose Mourinho is likely to have his hands full with the twin challenges of Premier League and Champions League football.
The same is true for Premier League champions Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham, all of whom will see their priorities elsewhere, while Arsenal rarely take the EFL Cup seriously under Arsene Wenger.
This all leaves the way clear for someone else to charge through and claim the trophy, with Everton looking to offer fantastic value at a price of 14/1 (15.0) with dabblebet to win the tournament.
An unbeaten start to the season has seen Everton progress to the group stage of the Europa League, so the Toffees boss Ronald Koeman will have to juggle plenty of matches.
But having reinvested the cash brought in from the sale of Romelu Lukaku to United, Everton's squad is stronger than it has been for many years, while it is packed with young talent who could thrive on a stage like the EFL Cup.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Tom Davies are two of the best young players in England but their game-time could be restricted in the Premier League this season, so they will have to take their chance to shine.
Furthermore, Wayne Rooney has already spoken of his determination to win a trophy at his boyhood club, having admitted the medals he won last year at Manchester United felt undeserved due to how little he played.
Rooney's leadership could be just what Everton need to drag themselves to silverware that would be celebrated wildly on Merseyside - they have not won a tournament since the FA Cup in 1995 - with Sunderland at home a relatively straightforward third-round tie.
Koeman will also be under pressure to deliver a return on the investment made in the squad and, at a price of 14/1 (15/0) with dabblebet, Everton look great value to win the EFL Cup this season.