As the countdown to the kick off of the domestic soccer season heads into its final stages, there is no competition more anticipated than the Barclays Premiership and the domestic competitions that go with it.
Manchester United are the defending champions and are at $6 with Ladbrokes.com.au to win the silverware for the third time in a row.
The FA Cup is usually regarded as the highest accolade in English footballing competition, closely followed by its more humble counterpart – the Carling Cup.
Also known as the Football League Cup, the Carling Cup does not consist of as many clubs as the FA Cup; only open to 92 teams in the top four flights of football in England.
The 2010-11 Carling Cup is the 51st running of the knock-out tournament, and as is the case for the FA Cup, the winners will win automatic entree into the UEFA Europa League for the following season.
Manchester United are the defending champions after they beat Aston Villa 2-1 in the final, and are at $6 with Ladbrokes.com.au to win the silverware for the third time in a row.
Chelsea are the favourites to win the competition at $5.50, which adds the Carling Cup ‘hot favourite’ tag to that of the FA Cup, and the 2010-11 Premiership title – will they manage the treble?
Villa, the runner up team from last year are at $15 to go one step further, and what can often make this competition so tough to pick is that the bigger teams opt to play a lesser side due to the heavy toll the FA Cup, European competition plus the Premiership can have on their premier players – making it anybodies game, and can be especially rewarding for punters.
After a superb 2009-10 domestic season, Manchester City at $7 could be a good punt seeing as the side have upped their squad with some great signings over the northern hemisphere summer.
Other big names such as Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hostpur are at equal odds of $11 – but after uninspiring seasons last year, except for Spurs; see them as a potentially wasted punt.
Everton were recently down under having played the Melbourne Heart and Brisbane Roar, and are at $17 for the Carling Cup, a bet which could payout considering the impressive new young faces in the side.
So remember, when it comes down to betting on the likes of the Carling Cup and the FA Cup, keep a keen eye on the domestic Premiership, Championship, League One and Two fixtures to maintain knowledge on the form of your sides and sign up with Ladbrokes.com.au so you get the best payouts around!