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Sunday, 04 August 2013

Who will win the 2013/14 League Cup?

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Swansea City stunned everyone last season by clinching the League Cup in Michael Laudrup's first season at the Liberty Stadium, earning the Swans a long-awaited return into Europe. But who will be victorious at Wembley this time?

The competition kicks off on Monday with Preston, who drew with Wolves on Saturday, taking on Blackpool at Deepdale, and Bradford City's exploits last season will have given every team in the Football League hope of reaching the final. However, the bookies just can't see past one of the big boys from winning the competition.

Swansea league cupPremier League giants Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United lead the betting at 1/7 with Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs close behind on 10/1. There is then a bit of a gap back to Everton, who of course are now managed by the FA Cup winning boss Roberto Martinez, at 20/1 and Aston Villa at 40/1. But the Premier League boys will not get in on the action until the second round, the third if they are involved in Europe. FA Cup winners Wigan will also join at this stage. They are 150/1 for more Wembley success.

Championship sides Brighton, Leicester City and QPR are the best priced teams outside of the top flight to win the trophy. All three are 100/1 but they will be pinning their hopes on winning promotion to the Premier League first and foremost. However, the fans would love to clinch a piece of silverware. The Foxes already have three League Cup victories to their name.

Harry Redknapp's men were the first team outside of the elite division in England to win this trophy back in 1967, although Swindon Town and Sheffield Wednesday matched that feat in 1969 and 1991 respectively. Could this be the year a fourth team joins that exclusive party?

Last season's finalists Bradford are 750/1 to go one better this time round while the 2011 winners Birmingham City are 150/1. The Football League's newest members this season, Mansfield and Newport County, both face tricky away ties this week. Mansfield travel to Brighton while Newport, under Justin Edinburgh, face Tranmere Rovers. Understandably the bookies have them priced at 4000/1 to win the tournament.

Of course, you need the rub of the green and the luck of the draw to win a cup competition. That's what makes the whole competition so unpredictable and makes the punters part with their money right now. 

So if you fancy a little fluter, here are some of the best odds right now.

Chelsea 7/1  Bet365

Man City 7/1 Bet365

Man United 7/1 Bet365

Arsenal 10/1 BetVictor

Liverpool 10/1 BetVictor

Spurs 10/1 BetVictor

Everton 20/1 SkyBet

Aston Villa 40/1 SkyBet

Newcastle 40/1 Bet365

Southampton 50/1 Bet365

Swansea 50/1 Coral

Sunderland 50/1 Coral

West Ham 50/1 Coral

Fulham 50/1 Coral

West Brom 66/1 Coral

Stoke 66/1 Coral

Norwich 66/1 Coral

Cardiff 80/1 Coral

Brighton 100/1 Coral

Hull 100/1 Coral

Leicester 100/1 Coral

QPR 100/1 Coral

Bolton 125/1 SkyBet

Reading 125/1 Coral

Watford 125/1 Paddy Power

Wigan 125/1 SkyBet

Sheffield Wednesday 250/1 Bet365

Wolves 300/1 Coral

Preston 500/1 Bwin

Fleetwood 2000/1 Bet365

Mansfield 4000/1 BetVictor

Newport County 4000/1 BetVictor

York City 4000/1 BetVictor

So who is your money on?

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