Wolves fans could hardly believe their business in the summer transfer window, with the likes of Ruben Neves and Diogo Jota proving massive coups for the West Midlands side. The question was how would they cope with the frenetic pace of the Championship? Five wins, two draws, and one loss later and the answer is clear. Wolves sit second in the league and punters are backing more success at Molineux this season.
Behind the two Manchester clubs, Wolves are the third most backed club to win the EFL Cup this week. An impressive 2-0 victory away to Premier League Southampton in the second round has given them a winnable third round tie at home to League One Bristol Rovers. Punters have shown confidence in their early season form and as a result, Wolves have been backed in from 80/1 to 40/1 to lift the trophy.
It’s not unheard of for clubs outside the top tier to cause a stir in the competition. Two of the last six finals have seen a lower division competitor (Cardiff in 2012 and Bradford in 2013); although neither went on to win. Could Nuno Espirito Santo’s side make history and go one further?
Most backed for EFL Cup success, unsurprisingly, are Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, taking 49% of total stakes. Although it’s yet to be seen how seriously they – or any of the top seven sides – will take the competition.
Oddschecker spokesman, George Elek: “Jorge Mendes’ influence has been huge at Wolves over the summer, and it looks to be paying dividends. Whilst it is a long shot, punters have seen good value in backing them to be the first lower division side to win the League Cup since 1991.”