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EFL Cup Predictions: A Difference in Quality

John R. Baldwin January 10, 2023
Anthony Elanga EFL Cup

The quarter-finals of the 2022-23 EFL Cup are kicking off today and by the end of the day we will know two of the semi-finalists. Manchester United are hosting Charlton Athletic, the only non-Premier league team left, and Newcastle are facing Leicester. Both ties have clear favourites and for good reason. The odds are carefully set, so we need to adjust our way of playing in order to create some value.

Newcastle vs Leicester Betting Tips

Newcastle is out of the FA Cup, after the shocking loss to League One side Sheffield Wednesday. While this is far from ideal, it can actually work in Newcastle’s favour. The team will continue focusing on the Premier League, trying to get a taste of Champions League football after twenty years. At the same time, the Magpies have now only one domestic cup to hunt, the EFL Cup. While for a team like Manchester City this is not such a big deal, having won six in the past decade, a Wembley victory for Newcastle would signal the first major title for the club since 1969 and the first domestic one since 1955.

Eddie Howe knows all that and he will likely use his starters in tonight’s fixture against Leicester City. A Leicester team that is in a bad situation. They had to sweat to beat League Two side Gillingham in the FA Cup, while in the Premier League the Foxes come from three straight losses. And with the team only two points away from the relegation zone in the Premier League standings, playing in two cup competitions cannot be a priority. We will see a starting XI with plenty of bench-warmers.

I expect an easy evening for Newcastle, thus I will go the Asian Handicap way of Newcastle -1.5. This means that for my wager to be successful, the Magpies have to win by two goals or more.

Manchester United vs Charlton Betting Tips

Manchester United are going through a major resurgence in the past few weeks. Ever since the World Cup break, the Red Devils are playing on a top-tier level and Erik ten Hag is certainly pleased. Today his side is facing Charlton, a team that has practically locked a mid-table finish on the League One table.

United will most likely rest all of their starters. I have faith in the team’s young wingers, as they are fast and possess that quality needed to get touches in the box. Both Alejandro Garnacho and Anthony Elanga will have their chances, but I’m going with the more experienced Swedish youngster to get his name on the scoreboard today.

EFL Cup - 10/01/2023 10:00 pm
EFL Cup - 10/01/2023 10:00 pm Newcastle Leicester City Newcastle (-1.5) 2.50
EFL Cup - 10/01/2023 10:00 pm
EFL Cup - 10/01/2023 10:00 pm Manchester United Charlton A. Elanga Anytime Scorer 3.60

Bio: John R. Baldwin

John R. Baldwin is a well-known figure in the world of football. A lifelong fan of the sport, John has dedicated his career to sharing his knowledge and passion for football with others. Despite his lack of talent as a player, John has made a name for himself as a professional tipster and commentator on the sport.
For the past decade, John has been working as a blogger and radio show host, providing expert analysis and predictions on football games. He has built a large following thanks to his in-depth understanding of the sport and his ability to provide accurate betting tips.
He is known for his ability to provide clear and insightful analysis of the sport, and his passion for football shines through in everything he does. Whether he's on his blog or on the radio, John's goal is always the same: to share his love of football with as many people as possible.

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