The Carling Cup has become a more desirable trophy to win in recent years and with the number of potential victors bulging all the time, Carling Cup betting has never been tighter.
This is particularly true as a number of the pre-tournament favourites in Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton have already been eliminated.
Just one non-Premier League team are still involved at the last-eight stage, but only two of the top-flight’s leading challengers are still in and they lead the football betting.
Arsenal seem keener to take the competition more seriously this season by picking an almost full-strength team, rather than the youngsters they have often chosen in the past.
They are at home to Wigan next and this has ensured they are the 7/4 favourites to win the Carling Cup.
Manchester United are the next best in the Carling Cup betting odds at 2/1 and they will fancy their chances of successfully defending the trophy they won last season after being drawn away to Premier League strugglers West Ham next.
Aston Villa made it all the way to the final last year, eventually losing 2-1 to Manchester United, and you could do worse than have a Carling Cup bet on them at 6/1.
However, to reach the semi-finals they must beat neighbours Birmingham away, who are 8/1 to win the Carling Cup.
West Brom arguably got the most desired draw as they face Championship side Ipswich and this has left them at 14/1 to lift the Carling Cup.
Punters looking for some longer odds may wish to consider West Ham at 16/1, while Ipswich are 25/1 to emulate the performance of Swindon in 1969 and win the Carling Cup when not in the top flight of English football.
Wigan are the outsiders to competition after drawing Arsenal away and have odds of 28/1 to win the Carling Cup. See the complete Carling Cup winners betting odds market.