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The Four EFL Cup favourites under the spotlight

Thursday 26th October 2017
We're down to the business end in the EFL Cup. A trip to Wembley is on the horizon. This week's fixtures concluded with teams entering the quarter-finals. Besides Tottenham, most of the biggest clubs are still involved. That makes for an interesting remainder of the competition, especially as they have all managed to avoid each other in the draw.

Here are the four favourites for the EFL Cup in reverse order.

4 - Arsenal

Arsenal are almost like the wildcard favourites left in this tournament. On paper, they should be able to win the EFL Cup, but based on the strength of teams Arsène Wenger has fielded recently, they stand no chance.
The Frenchman has used the competition so far to give several youngsters their senior debuts. Some of those youngsters haven't made an impact yet, others have been a success story. None more so than Eddie Nketiah, the 18-year-old who scored a heroic brace to send the Gunners into the quarter-finals.

The youngsters have got Arsenal this far, but if they're going to have a chance of winning the tournament, Arsène Wenger must play more senior squad members in the next round.

3 - Chelsea

The Premier League champions have almost looked a shadow of their former selves this season. The same 3-4-3 system that worked so well in Antonio Conte's first season, has been exposed by the masses this campaign. The loss of N'Golo Kante hasn't helped recently but that still hasn't stopped the Blues from reaching the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup.
A 2-1 win over a managerless Everton side was enough to help Chelsea progress from the 4th round. The Premier League champions are a team nobody in the quarter-finals draw wants to face, as, in a one-off knockout match, they can beat anyone.

2 - Manchester United

The reigning, defending champions have their eyes firmly set on becoming back to back winners. Jose Mourinho is a serial winner, he's a man that takes every single competition seriously. That's why United ran out winners of the Community Shield, Europa League, and EFL Cup last season in the Portuguese manager's first year in the job.
What makes Manchester United an even more terrifying proposition is the fact Jose Mourinho operates a defensive approach against everyone. Regardless of the quality of opposition, Mourinho initially tries to nullify them and then score. As a squad that cost more than £400million to assemble, it's pretty hard to beat them when they operate such a deep defensive line.

1 - Manchester City

The Sky Blues have won two out of the last four EFL Cup finals (2014 and 2016), they're clearly a team who pride themselves in winning this competition. In fact, Manchester City have won the EFL Cup on four separate occasions and finished runner-up once.
However, now more than ever, Manchester City are desperate to win the EFL Cup as they have a supposed world class manager looking to win his first piece of silverware in England. The Spaniard has spent close to £415million at the Etihad and another trophyless season just won't do.

Pep's men barely scraped past Wolverhampton Wanderers in the 4th round, they needed the assistance of penalties to get through. However, judging by the strong starting XI Pep sent out against Wolves, it's clear the 46-year-old will be deploying the sufficient manpower to win the tournament. Manchester City are currently unbeatable and it's tough to bet against them going all the way.
Mathaeus Abuwa

Arsenal fan with ample amounts of passion for both Cristiano Ronaldo & Real Madrid. I'm one of those bandwagonist hipster fans that will claim to know everything about football, but only watches the El Clasico outside of the Premier League. Forgive me, I'm trying. Oh yeah, #WengerOut. 

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