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EFL Cup Betting Tips

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Manchester City have dominated  this competition in recent years. 2020/21 saw them win the EFL Cup for the fourth time. Their reign ended this season when losing to West Ham, so who will win this season?  Read our expert tips on this competition.

The 2021/22 EFL Cup


This is considered the secondary cup competition in English football. It doesn't have the long history of the FA Cup having not been launched until 1960. It's still an important trophy to win though with a Wembley final and a place in the Europa League for the winners. How does it differ from the FA Cup?  Well, this is the English Football League Cup (currently sponsored by Carabao) and is contested between the 92 teams in the Premier League and English Football League. There are no non-league teams in this competition unlike in the FA Cup. The current holders of the trophy are Manchester City who beat Tottenham in the 2020/21 final. That made it four wins in a row, matching the record of Liverpool. However, a fifth win is not going to happen after they lost to West Ham. Who now will win the trophy?

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Recent Winners of the EFL Cup


Tottenham haven't won the EFL Cup since 2008. They've lost two finals since that triumph and were runners-up in the 2020/21 season. They'll want to go one better this season and break the domination of Manchester City. The current Premier League champions have won the trophy for the past four seasons with six wins in the last eight seasons. With such a strong set of players, they can play a much weakened side and still have a line-up that is incredibly difficult to beat.

In the last 17 seasons, the EFL Cup has been dominated by the top six teams in the Premier League. Only Swansea City and Birmingham City have prevented the trophy being won by either Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur or Chelsea.  Clubs do tend to play stronger sides as the chance to win the trophy becomes higher. 

Throughout the season, our team of experts will give you their views on the EFL Cup. Hopefully, their analyzing of the cup games will help give you some winners in the coming months as the top teams in the country bid to win this trophy.

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How to predict EFL Cup matches?


It has to be remembered that clubs don’t always put a great deal of emphasis on the EFL Cup. They don’t do it for the FA Cup, so what hope is there for this competition. It’s a good chance to blood youngsters and give fringe players some time on the pitch. It is important therefore to check the line-ups that are being selected. There are some teams, not just in the Premier League, that don't really care about this competition. Their main aim is to do well in their league or at least avoid relegation. Take a look at not how clubs have been getting on in recent weeks but in the past in this competition. That will give you an indication of just how much they rate the EFL Cup.

That being said, you have to note that the top sides in the Premier League have very strong squads,especially Manchester City who have won this cup five times in the past seven seasons. Sides such as City can play ‘reserve’ sides and still have plenty of internationals in their starting line-up with top players on the bench. The lure of a place in the Europa Conference League is important, though most of the clubs winning this competition end up in the Champions League. That leads to grateful sides in the Premier League earning European places even if not finishing in the top six. 

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Dates for your Diary

  • Semi Final first legs: w/c January 3 and 10
  • Semi Final second legs: w/c January 10 and 17
  • Final (at Wembley):  February 27

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Semi-Final Draw


  • Liverpool v Arsenal
  • Chelsea v Tottenham

The first leg of the semi-final between Liverpool and Arsenal was postponed due to illness. This now takes place at Anfield on January 13 with the return leg at the Emirates on the 20th. The first leg of the Chelsea v Tottenham semi-final has taken place. Chelsea won that 2-0 on January 5, the second leg is at Tottenham on January 12.

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