Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
Molineux Stadium will host Carabao Cup clash between Wolverhampton and Stoke City, the two teams who play in different competitions. The Premier League side did well to make it to the Europa League quarter-finals last term, and it is no wonder they are seen as favourites to win their EFL Cup opener. It has to be noted, though, that pacey full-back Jonny is out of contention through injury.
The Potters, on the other hand, kicked off the new Championship campaign with a goalless draw with Millwall. Stoke City are eager to claim a major scalp in their Carabao Cup opener, but given their anything but good away record in the English second tier, we believe that punters can find value in betting on the Wolves. When the two teams met in the FA Cup three years ago Wolverhampton defeated Stoke 2-0.
Highlighted Player (Adama Traore):
After starting his youth career at Hospitalet, Adama Traore moved to Barcelona football academy La Masia in 2004. The pacey winger made a great progress during his spell with the Catalan giants and it has to be noted that he scored eight goals in 63 appearances for Barca B.
Adama Traore made his debut for the first team against Granada (4-0) on November 23, 2013, replacing Brazilian superstar Neymar in the 83rd minute of the match. In the summer of 2015, he signed for Aston Villa for a fee of £7 million, but he made no more than 11 appearances in the Premier League for the Vilans. At the end of the 2015/2016 season he moved to fellow English club Middlesbrough and he made his debut for the Boro in a 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on September 10, 2016.
Due to his dual citizenship, Adama Traore is eligible to represent Spain and Mali at senior level, but it has to be noted that he played for youth categories of La Roja.
Highlighted Team (Stoke City):
Stoke City FC (named Stoke FC until 1925) is an English football club from the city Stoke-on-Trent (located in the north of England). De club was founded in the year 1863 and next to Notts County FC the club from Stoke is the oldest professional football club worldwide. Different signs of Stoke City show that the club is founded in 1868. Currently Stoke City is playing in the Premier League. The home games of Stoke City are hosted in the Britannia Stadium which holds a capacity for 29 000 spectators.
The most known nickname of Stoke City FC is the Potters. The main club colors of the club are red and white. The away it is colored in blue. The only 3 prizes Stoke City managed to win so far are the League Cup in 1972 and the Football League Trophy twice (1992 and 2000). Famous players that played for Stoke City FC are: Ameobi, Gudjohnsen and Peter Crouch.