League Cup Tips
The League Cup developed a Mickey Mouse reputation around the turn of the century, but the lure of silverware and European football has proven too much to resist and it is now a competition many clubs look to win.
Early Carling Cup Rounds
Some clubs remain reluctant to play their first choice players in the early rounds of the competition. By looking around at various official and unofficial websites for some information on the expected team selections, you can often pick up some good value bets by opposing those that may be fielding a weakened team. However, you have to be quick as the bookmakers will also be looking for these pieces of information.
Big Teams In The League Cup
Despite the tendency for some of the big clubs to field under strength teams there aren’t as many upsets in the League Cup as you might think. In fact in the 2009/10 League Cup, 15 of the last 16 teams were Premier League clubs.
League Cup betting can be a tricky prospect because of the tendency to oppose teams who aren’t playing their full strength side, the questions to ask are how many key players are actually playing? And how weak is a weakened team?
Carling Cup Format
There are no replays in the League Cup so drawn games go straight into Extra Time then onto penalties if the teams remain at deadlock. One of my main League Cup tips is to have a good look at the ‘To Qualify’ markets before placing your bets. You will often find better value bets here and have the added insurance of your chosen team progressing via Extra Time or a penalty shootout.
The semi-finals of the League Cup are played over two legs with each side playing home and away, history tells us that teams playing the second leg at home will have a slight advantage. Therefore the venue is something you should always consider when making your League Cup picks at the semi-final stage.
Finally, now that the winner of the League Cup gains entry into the following season’s Europa League you can be sure that the two finalists will, as would be expected, be offering everything to win the game. Although there is not as much prestige attached to this competition as the FA Cup it is still a piece of major domestic silverware.
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