By News Team
Last Updated: 10th November 2021
With just eight sides left in this season’s League Cup, we’ve reached the business end of the competition: the quarter-final stage.
Ahead of the last eight ties, here’s all you need to know about the League Cup quarter-finals, including who’s still in the tournament and the latest League Cup odds.
What is the League Cup?
Organised by the English Football League (EFL), the League Cup is an annual knockout football tournament in English football. After the FA Cup, it is the country’s next most prestigious domestic cup competition. While the FA Cup is open to non-league sides across the country, the League Cup is only open to the 92 clubs that sit within the top four levels of the English football league system – the Premier League, Championship, League One and League Two. First held in 1960–61, the tournament is played over seven rounds, with the winner of the competition earning a place in the UEFA Europa Conference League.
What is the Carabao Cup? Due to sponsorship reasons the Football League Cup is also currently known as the Carabao Cup, while it is also referred to as the EFL Cup.
Which teams are in the League Cup quarter-finals?
The 2021-22 edition of the League Cup has witnessed a number of upsets with last year’s League Cup winners Manchester City being eliminated by West Ham on penalties in the fourth round. The Hammers’ victory ended Pep Guardiola’s side’s hopes of winning a fifth-straight League Cup. West Ham also defeated Manchester United in the third round.
Joining West Ham in the quarter-finals this season are Arsenal, Sunderland, Brentford, Chelsea, Liverpool, Leicester and Spurs.
League Cup quarter-finals: Full schedule
The quarter-final League Cup games are in full below:
Tuesday 21st December
Arsenal v Sunderland (19:45)
Wednesday 22nd December
Brentford v Chelsea (19:45)
Liverpool v Leicester (19:45)
Spurs v West Ham (19:45)
League Cup: Betting odds
As for the League Cup betting odds, in terms of advancing into the semi-finals of the competition, Arsenal are 1/7 favourites to see off League One side Sunderland in their quarter-final, while European champions Chelsea are 13/20 favourites to knock out Brentford. Elsewhere, Liverpool are the 1/2 favourites to advance past Leicester, with Spurs favourites to put an end to West Ham’s run and reach the last four at 11/10.
As for the tournament favourites to go all the way among the remaining EFL Cup teams, Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea sit top of the betting at 9/4, followed by Liverpool at 10/3 and Arsenal at 7/2, while Spurs and West Ham are both priced at 6/1 for glory. Elsewhere, Leicester (8/1), Brentford (20/1) and Sunderland (66/1) round off the betting.
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