The Carabao Cup round of 16 is finished, and there with 4 of the Premier League big boys still involved, it makes for a mouth watering prospect.
Of the big 4 teams left, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side are the favourites, at a best price of 11/5 with Ladbrokes. City struggled to get past Wolves on Tuesday, only winning on penalties, but despite that, the bookies still see them as the strongest team left in the competition.
Main rivals Manchester United are second favourites, currently at 16/5 with Bet365. United certainly can’t be discounted, Mourinho loves collecting trophies, and at this stage of the competition, he will be eyeing up another piece of silverware.
Mourinho also has a great record in the competition, having already won it 4 times with Chelsea (3 times) and Manchester United (once, last season).
Next in the betting come Antonio Conte’s Chelsea team, who after beating Everton 2-1 on Wednesday, are 7/2 to win the Carabao Cup with William Hill. Chelsea look off the pace in the league this season, so concentrating on the cups might suit them, making 7/2 look like decent value.
The final one of the big 4 teams in the betting is Arsenal. The Gunners are 6/1 with BetVictor. It’s probably harder to make a case for Arsenal, as in the past Wenger has tended to stick with his kids all throughout the competition, even playing them in 2 legged semi-finals in the past (back in the days when Jack Wilshere was a youth player).
As good as Arsenal’s youth players are, I can’t really see them giving the likes of Chelsea, City and United much difficulty. That said, if the draw is kind to them, they could still be in with a chance.
With the Carabao Cup over with for this week now, attention turns back to Premier League Betting this weekend, with Manchester United hosting Tottenham at Old Trafford on Saturday (kick-off 12.30pm), the stand out fixture of the weekend.