To be honest the EFL Cup gets a bum rap sometimes, and it’s been pretty undeserved this season for sure.
This year’s edition has given us some mega-ties like an extra Manchester derby, Liverpool v Tottenham and a literal battle at the London Stadium between West Ham and Chelsea. So there has been very good contests in this year’s edition.
Tonight’s quarter-finals feature the last two Championship clubs standing as league leaders Newcastle head south to Hull, while Leeds United make the trip to Anfield to meet Liverpool.
Looking ahead to the games, we’ve decided to put together a nifty the double punt that could deliver for you at over 5/1.
It promises to be a night of intrigue and nostalgia, who knows we might even get a fairy tale to go with it.
— Garry Monk (@GarryMonk) November 28, 2016
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Football lovers everywhere will love see this game back on the calendar, even if it’s only for one night.
This is the first meeting of the sides at Anfield since 2003 and a lot has happened to both clubs since then. Leeds have slipped to the third tier of English football and recovered, while the Reds have captured a fifth European Cup and came within a whisker of claiming their first league title since 1990.
Funny thing is, despite what should be a cracking atmosphere, both these clubs have their minds fully focused on their respective leagues and it could be argued that this game is a bit of a distraction.
Liverpool sit a point from the summit of the Premier League, while Leeds are rarely upwardly mobile – occupying fifth position in the Championship – so you couldn’t blame Jurgen Klopp or Garry Monk for resting a few tonight.
Liverpool are massive favourites with our traders, but they will be without Philippe Coutinto, Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge for tonight. That gives The Whites a glimmer of hope at .
Still you’d expect Liverpool’s Premier League quality to tell, however they do have a nasty habit of conceding the odd goal with only three clean sheets in their last nine. With that being said, we are going to back Liverpool to win with both teams scoring at to open our double.
It’s hard to know which set of fans you’d like to be among in this one as only three positions, but a whole division separates Hull City and Newcastle.
However, Hull fans have only seen their outfit win three league matches from 13 this season, and when contrast that with the 13 victories from 18 that Newcastle have picked up to top the tree in the Championship – it’s a tough question.
When you look up and down the squads, one would be forced to admit that man-for-man Newcastle’s is better as well. So if Mike Phelan and Rafa Benitez are tempted to rotate tonight, then we’d kind of have to give the nod to the Magpies at .
Keep an eye out too for the Championship’s top scorer Dwlight Gayle tonight, he’s bagged 13 in the league this season and might well be worth a first goalscorer punt at .