EFL Cup Quarter-Finals: Match Odds, Betting Tips & Predictions

Martin Green

Monday, December 16, 2019 8:18 AM UTC

Monday, Dec. 16, 2019 8:18 AM UTC

The Manchester clubs should ease to victory...
<div><h2>Aston Villa vs Liverpool</h2><p><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/football/eng/efl-cup/aston-villa-vs-liverpool-fc-3968443/?mtid=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Tuesday, December 17, at Villa Park</strong></a></p><p>Liverpool were handed a preposterous fixture clash this week as they are due to face Aston Villa in Birmingham on Tuesday in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals, and then Monterrey in Qarar on Wednesday in the Club World Cup. Jurgen Klopp elected to send his first team squad to the Middle East, meaning the kids are left to man the fort. That presents Aston Villa with a tantalising opportunity to surge through to the semi-finals. If they put out anything resembling a strong team, they should saunter to victory. The only problem is that they are now 17<sup>th</sup> in the Premier League table and they may view this tournament as a distraction from their efforts to survive the relegation battle. It might therefore be an idea to keep your stakes low on this game.</p><p><strong>Tip: <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Bet365">Aston Villa to win and under 4.5 goals at 1.80 (4/5) with Bet365</a></strong></p><h2>Everton vs Leicester</h2><p><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/football/eng/efl-cup/everton-fc-vs-leicester-city-3968441/?mtid=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Wednesday, December 18, at Goodison Park</strong></a></p><p>This looks like another fiendishly difficult game to call. Leicester beat Everton 2-1 at the King Power a couple of weeks ago, and they have not tasted defeat since October. However, their long winning streak came to an end with a disappointing 1-1 home draw with relegation threatened Norwich at the weekend. Everton have been galvanised by the arrival of caretaker manager Duncan Ferguson, who has led them to a 3-1 win over Chelsea and a 1-1 draw away at Man Utd since replacing Marco Silva in the dugout. Leicester look the more likely team to win it, but you should probably wait until you see the starting line-ups in order to gauge how seriously each team is taking this competition.</p><p><strong>Tip: <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Bet365">Both teams to score and under 4.5 goals at 2.10 (11/10) with Bet365 Bet Builder</a></strong></p><h2>Oxford Utd vs Man City</h2><p><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/football/eng/efl-cup/oxford-united-vs-manchester-city-3968440/?mtid=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Wednesday, December 18, at Kassam Stadium</strong></a></p><p>Man City reminded everyone of just how brilliant they can be as they dismantled Arsenal at The Emirates on Sunday. Pep Guardiola’s men were 3-0 up and cruising at half-time, and the second half became a stroll in the park. They have the ability to absolutely pulverise Oxford if they put their minds to it on Wednesday. Man City are well behind Liverpool in the title race, but they can still seize plenty of silverware this year, and they should be keen to progress in the EFL Cup. The likes of Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez will be keen to impress in this game, and that could spell bad news for an Oxford side that lost 1-0 to MK Dons at the weekend.</p><p><strong>Tip: <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Bet365">Man City -2.25 Asian handicap at 1.68 (27/40) at Bet365</a>; <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=153&amp;a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Betfair">Man City to win the EFL Cup at 2.00 (evens) with Betfair</a></strong></p><h2>Man Utd vs Colchester</h2><p><a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/football/eng/efl-cup/manchester-united-vs-colchester-united-3968442/?mtid=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Wednesday, December 18, at Old Trafford</strong></a></p><p>Colchester pulled off the greatest shock of the season when they dumped Tottenham out of this competition. That set the ball rolling on the club’s decision to axe Mauricio Pochettino, and Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer cannot afford to suffer the same fate. His team have been a super counterattacking force against the league’s best teams this season, but they have struggled against weaker opposition. They need to address that, and League Two side Colchester should provide obliging opposition.</p><p><strong>Tip: <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=153&amp;a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Betfair">Man Utd win to nil at 1.95 (20/21) with Betfair; Man Utd half-time full-time at 1.53 (8/15)</a></strong></p></div>
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