Manchester City are the favourites to win the 2022/23 Carabao Cup despite meeting Liverpool in the fourth round on Thursday.
Reigning Premier League champions Manchester City are the 7/4 bookies favourites to win the 2022/2023 Carabao Cup at Wembley next month.
Their fourth round opponents Liverpool are third favourites having drifted from 4/1 to a best price 6/1 after drawing City – winners of the tournament in four of the last five seasons. However, Liverpool have been handed a boost ahead of their Carabao Cup clash with Man City with a number of important players returning to training.
Moreover, the Reds’ squad wasn’t torn apart by the World Cup quite as much as some others, with only seven of their players travelling to Qatar and as of this week, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Alisson are now all back training with the club and could all be in contention to start the Carabao Cup match with Man City on Thursday night.
However, having played every minute of every Netherlands match at the World Cup, Virgil van Dijk won’t be involved as he is being given an extended rest period; and rightly so.
Meanwhile, with Premier League leaders Arsenal having fallen to Brighton in the third round, Manchester United have assumed second place in the outright market ahead of Wednesday’s Old Trafford date with Burnley. The Red Devils are 6/1 best price like Liverpool, but 4/1 with one bookmaker.
Newcastle United, 3rd in the Premier League ahead of the Boxing Day restart, are 6/1 fourth favourites to win the Carabao Cup after sneaking past Crystal Palace on penalties in the previous round. Eddie Howe’s side will be strongly fancied to beat Gary O’Neil’s Bournemouth.
Where is the value among the tournament outsiders?
Arsenal’s conquerors Brighton are the big market movers since the third round. Roberto De Zerbi’s side came in from 25/1 to 16/1 after beating Arsenal.
The Seagulls have since shortened to 12/1 (8/1 worst price) after drawing League One Charlton – one of just six non Premier League teams left in the last 16 of the competition.
However, at 300/1 best price Charlton are not the tournament’s biggest outsiders as that honour falls to League Two basement boys Gillingham (2000/1), who go to Julen Lopetegui’s Wolves in the fourth round. Lincoln City are 1000/1 going into their match at Southampton.
Leicester City are the other long odds value bet at 20/1 (worst price 12/1). Brendan Rodgers’ side won four of their last five Premier League matches before the World Cup break and meet relegation-threatened League One side MK Dons tomorrow night.
When is the Carabao Cup final?
The 2022/23 Carabao Cup final is at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 26th February.
Man City 7/4
Man United 6/1