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The League Cup has a history of entertaining and that’s why you should jump on this 22/1 shot

The stats suggest we're in for plenty of goals, so apologies in advance if we've put a jinx on a whole host of 0-0 draws

by Josh Powell | September 23, 2014

Football is mental, and this season is no different. If Liverpool’s defeat to West Ham on Saturday night didn’t wipe out your weekend accumulator, the carnage on Sunday probably did. Man United threw away a 3-1 lead to lose 5-3 at Leicester, while favourites Everton and Tottenham were turned over at home by Crystal Palace and West Brom respectively. Unless you’re this guy, or these mental lads, we’re guessing you didn’t have a great weekend on the punting front.

The League Cup rolls in tonight with the Third Round, and an opportunity to pocket some midweek cash. Trying to pick a winner in these 16 games can be tricky with some of the bigger sides resting players and plenty of managers disregarding this tournament as nothing more than an extra training session. History suggests there are usually plenty of goals however, and backing these wisely could be the play for punters this week.



In the last 10 years there have been just five 0-0 draws meaning we’d be very unlucky to suffer a goal drought tonight and tomorrow, and in recent years goals have been even more free-flowing.

  • In the last four years, just six of the 64 matches have featured less than two goals.
  • However not once in the last 10 years, has every game featured over 1.5 goals
  • Last year Hull City’s 1-0 over Huddersfield and Man United’s 1-0 victory at home to Liverpool let down the over 1.5 acca, while the year before just one game – Norwich’s 1-0 win against Doncaster – cost punters backing goals.

This year it is 22/1 for every game to feature a minimum of two goals inside 90 minutes, and continue the trend of high-scoring games. However, the best punt for fans tonight might be to put the 16 over 1.5 goals selections into fifteen-folds. At £1 a line this will cost £16, however, if one lets you down you’ll still make a couple of quid, and if the stars align and all 16 games click, you’ll pocket the guts of £300. Not too shabby for a quiet Tuesday evening in front of the box.

It might not be the most high-profile tournament, and purists might be calling out for Messi and co in the Champions League rather than an evening of Fulham v Doncaster, but there’s football on the TV and it shouldn’t be sniffed at. The trends suggest we’re in for some high-scoring thrillers, and it’s almost certainly better than watching Alfie Moon try to get away with a cheeky bit of insurance fraud in Eastenders.

  • Pray for goal-fests and get all the latest League Cup odds here: Desktop | Mobile

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