EFL Cup: Semi Finals (1st Leg)

EFL Semi Finals

We’re down to 4 in the EFL Cup but unlike the preceding rounds this is not a winner takes all. The semi finals will be played over two legs in a home and away format.

Man City v Bristol – (Wed 6:45am)
Not like they needed an easy draw but City will look to put this one away in the first leg in order to avoid playing any of their stars in the trip to Bristol. On paper this is a complete mismatch but Bristol have eliminated four top flight clubs to date in the competition – namely Watford, Stoke, Crystal Palace and Manchester United. They have scored multiple goals in all 5 of their matches and are well in the mix in terms of promotion to the top flight for next season. They have however lost their last 3 across all competitions, scoring once and conceding an incredible 10 times in that stretch. They are alarming numbers for their trip to Etihad Stadium and The Wolf can see that trend continuing. City out the hammer down in the second half of their FA Cup clash with Burnley with 4 goals in the space of 25 minutes. If Bristol concede early The Wolf can see them capitulating in a bad way. Pep will call for his side to put in the dagger and they will do exactly that.
Best: Man City Win Both Halves ($1.55)
Value: Man City Over 5.5 goals ($7.50)

Chelsea v Arsenal – (Thur 6:45am)
The second half of their EPL encounter less a week ago was 45 minutes of the most enthralling football you will ever see. Both sides had chances to win the game but a share of the points was a just result for a beautiful spectacle. The Bridge has been a painful place to travel for the Gunners. They have one draw and 5 losses in their last 6 visits to the ground and have managed to find the back of the net just twice in that stretch. As a Cup tie The Wolf expects this one to be played out very differently to their clash in the Premier League. Conte and Chelsea are the perfect match for this format as the Italian shares the same identity that the club has built it’s success around – defence. The Blues have progressed in 4 of their last 5 League Cup semi’s and this remains the only domestic trophy that Wenger has not won with Arsenal. They were abysmal in the FA Cup loss to Nottingham Forest and have won just 1 of their last 5 across all competitions. Meanwhile Chelsea have 4 clean sheets in their last 5 – the ideal numbers The Wolf likes to see heading into a League Cup clash. He will be backing the Unders and Chelsea to win by a single goal.
Best: Under 2.5 goals ($2.15)
Value: Teams To Score – Chelsea Only ($3.10)