With Man City making a surprise exit on penalties in the last round, we’re guaranteed to have a new name on the EFL Cup trophy in 2022 for the first time in five seasons.
Which of the eight remaining sides will inch closer to Wembley with a win at the quarter-final stage?
We’re here with our EFL Cup predictions as teams fight it out to reach the final four…
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Mikel Arteta already has an FA Cup and Community Shield on his coaching CV.
Can the Spaniard make it a clean sweep of domestic English cup trophies just over two years into his reign as Arsenal manager by taking the Gunners all the way to EFL Cup glory this February?
The North Londoners are now 5/1 third-favourites to land the trophy behind Chelsea and Liverpool, but have the easiest-looking assignment of the trio as they line up against third-tier opponents in Sunderland on Tuesday night.
For all their recent struggles, the Black Cats have some fond memories of this competition within the last decade, reaching Wembley under Gus Poyet before succumbing to a 3-1 defeat to Man City in the 2014 final.
Lee Johnson’s side are also on a rich vein of form in league action heading into this fixture, having moved back into automatic promotion contention after a seven-game unbeaten run, winning four and drawing three.
However, they are meeting an Arsenal side in imperious form at the Emirates, with the Gunners’ last defeat on their own patch coming in August.
With Covid concerns continuing to mount and Arteta likely to lean heavily on some of his fringe players, Bernd Leno could be in line for a recall in goal while Eddie Nketiah should get a chance to put himself in the January shop window with a rare start.
Sunderland could name a relatively unchanged line-up from their weekend draw with Ipswich, although winger Leon Dajaku will be missing after sustaining a first-half injury against the Tractor Boys.
Wednesday night sees two tidy London derbies top the action as the remaining trio of quarter-finals take place.
Brentford have never reached a major cup final in their 132-year history but went agonisingly close to ending that drought last season when they reached the semi-finals of this competition.
Thomas Frank will be hoping his side can take advantage of a tired-looking Chelsea at the Brentford Community Stadium, with the Blues winning just one of their last five matches.
A Ben Chilwell strike was enough to break Bees’ hearts as Chelsea edged their Premier League meeting 1-0 back in October.
The hosts are 45/4 to get some revenge by the same scoreline on Tuesday.
Will Jürgen Klopp’s mood be much improved as Liverpool return to action against Leicester City? The Reds boss was left raging by some dubious decision-making in his side’s 2-2 draw with Spurs.
The German is bidding for a breakthrough in a tournament that has remained elusive during his trophy-laden six-year spell, while opposite number Brendan Rodgers is vying to land a cup treble in the space of a calendar year.
The Northern Irishman could yet complete the set with the Foxes after his spring and summer successes in the FA Cup and Community Shield.
A late surge saw his side take the honours in the last meeting between the teams in the Premier League, as goals from James Maddison, Jamie Vardy and Ashley Barnes saw Leicester run out 3-1 winners.
Back BTTS here too? That’s currently 8/13 as the teams renew acquaintances at Anfield.
Finally, Spurs caught the eye with an energetic display against Liverpool on Sunday, one that hints Antonio Conte has seized on the club’s recent downtime to put his stamp on a team that had lost all sense of an identity.
Can they make the most of home advantage as West Ham journey north?
The Hammers are three unbeaten against their London rivals, winning the most recent encounter 1-0 at the London Stadium towards the end of Nuno’s doomed spell with Spurs.
It’s 11/8 for Antonio Conte to help redress that balance by guiding Spurs to the win they need to move closer to a second EFL Cup final appearance in a row.
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Our four EFL Cup betting tips this round of fixtures are as follows…
Odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.
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