When it comes to the EFL Cup competition in England, most fans don’t start betting on the games until say the Third Round. And the reason is not far-fetched.
With the final usually played in February, the big boys don’t join the competition until around this stage. Teams like Liverpool, Manchester City, and co only join in the action around the Fourth Round.
But the competition has already kicked off! Are you willing to leave cash on the table with teams that are busy scoring and progressing to the next stage in the EFL Cup competition?
We didn’t think so.
We also know that you may not be familiar with some of the teams currently in the competition. That’s why we’ve created this blog post just for you.
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Last month, four of the first round of games were played. In the first weekend of September, over 25 games will be played. Boys will be separated from men as seek progression into the next round of the competition.
So, which sides should you look out for?
The English Championship sides to start with.
At this stage of the competition, they are the biggest names in the competition as things stand.
Remember Brentford? The side that lost to Fulham in the most expensive football game in the world recently? They start their EFL journey this month when they take on Wycombe, a side that won the League One playoffs final in July.
Will this game go into penalties?
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The likes of Derby County, Middlesbrough, QPR, Swansea, Norwich City, and Cardiff City will also be in action this weekend.
If it’s anything to go by, you should consider how the first four games of this season’s EFL Cup tournament played out. Two of the first four games needed penalties to produce a winner.
Portsmouth needed penalties to overcome Stevenage after six goals in 90 minutes. Stoke got the better of Blackpool on penalties after both sides failed to score in regular time.
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Being a cup competition, surprised can never be ruled out. The upsets are sure to come by, especially from the smaller teams. So, which of these teams can be up to the task?
You can start with the three teams that gained promotion from the League One to the English Championship. Asides Wycombe, Coventry and Rotherham also gained automatic promotion to the second tier of English club football.
Other teams from League One and League Two will also be looking for a chance to upset the odds and go as far as possible in the tournament.
Which teams will you be betting on? Drop your comments below.