Soccer Odds & Pick for 2018 EFL Cup Final: Arsenal vs. Manchester City

Written by on February 23, 2018

While most professional sports have just one single trophy to be won each year, soccer offer up all kinds of opportunities to get their hands on some silverware. The trophies in question tend to differ in levels of importance, with a domestic league win and European glory both sitting at the top of the list. In England, the FA Cup is the jewel in the crown after the Premier League, while the Carabao Cup tends to be the least important. This is a competition where the top teams frequently throw out bench guys in the earlier rounds, but they tend to become a little more serious about things once we get to the later stages and their Soccer Odds to win the title increase. The Carabao Cup Final is set for Sunday afternoon, and it is going to deliver a fantastic match-up, with Arsenal and the EFL Cup Odds favorite Manchester City set to lock horns. There will be no bench players starting in this one, as both teams will be going all out to get their hands on the trophy. I think we are in for a very good game here, not to mention few goals, too.

Soccer Odds & Pick for 2018 EFL Cup Final: Arsenal vs. Manchester City

  • When: Sunday, February 25 at 11:30 AM EST
  • Where: Wembley Stadium, London
  • TV: ESPN 3
  • Radio: TuneIn
  • Soccer Odds for EFL Cup Final: Manchester City -185 (Total at 3.5 goals)

Recent Head to Head (Last 5 Games)

  • Manchester City 3 – Arsenal 1
  • Arsenal 2 – Manchester City 1
  • Arsenal 2 – Manchester City 2
  • Manchester City 2 – Arsenal 1
  • Arsenal 3 – Manchester City 2

Why bet on Arsenal?

Over the course of the last few seasons, Arsenal has become one of the most infuriating and divisive teams in English football. The fans are split down the middle in wanting Arsene Wenger in or out, but they all agree that the owner is not doing enough to get this team back to its glory years. Losing Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United was a blow, but they did get some good players in return, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang both coming in at the transfer deadline. Arsenal had been playing well after the departure of Sanchez but have since fallen into a bit of a slump, including a home loss to Oestersunds in Europa League action on Thursday, although they did still move on to the next round. All the negativity can be forgotten, at least for now, with a Cup Final win on Sunday, but make no mistake about it, Arsenal are the underdogs here.

Possible Line-Up

  • 13-D. Ospina
  • 18-Nacho Monreal
  • 6-L. Koscielny
  • 20-S. Mustafi
  • 24-Bellerín
  • 11-M. Özil
  • 7-H. Mkhitaryan
  • 8-A. Ramsey’
  • 29-G. Xhaka
  • 17-A. Iwobi
  • 14-P. Aubameyang

Why bet on Manchester City?

Prior to the start of this week, Manchester City was in with a shot at doing the quadruple this season, but by the time Monday rolls around, they could be in danger of needing to settle for a double. City was unceremoniously knocked out of the FA Cup by lowly Wigan on Monday afternoon as a result that absolutely no-one saw coming. It was a highly undisciplined performance from a City team that has been great all season long. You know that Pep Guardiola, a manager who demands the best from his players, is not going to be happy with that result, so look for City to come out with all guns blazing on Sunday. Manchester City comes in as the favorite at the Soccer Odds for the 2018 EFL Cup Final. This is a team that can seemingly score at will, with Sergio Aguero the man most likely to benefit from all the brilliant work that Kevin de Bruyne does in the midfield. I think those two could be front and center in the big game on Sunday.

Possible Line-Up

  • 31-E. Moraes
  • 4-V. Kompany
  • 30-N. Otamendi
  • 2-K. Walker
  • 25-Fernandinho
  • 18-F. Delph
  • 8-İ. Gündoğan
  • 17-K. De Bruyne
  • 7-R. Sterling
  • 20-B. Silva
  • 10-S. Agüero

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

Cup finals have a habit of delivering the unexpected, which might suggest that Arsenal could spring the upset. I just don’t see it happening though, as I like City to get their hands on the trophy. Score: Arsenal 1 – Manchester City 3