EFL Cup Betting Tips
Manchester City have dominated English football over the past couple of seasons. 2019/20 saw them win the EFL Cup for the third season in a row beating Aston Villa in the final.
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 91 teams in the Premier League and English Football League. It was 92 until the sad demise of Bury FC. 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 Chelsea on penalties in last season's final. That was City's second win in a row and not since Liverpool in 1984 has a club won this cup in three consecutive seasons.City equalled that record this season.
The Road to the EFL Cup Final - Manchester City v Aston Villa
March 1 saw Manchester City win the EFL Cup for the third year in a row. That's something that hadn't been achieved since Liverpool won four finals in a row between 1981 and 1984. City beat Aston Villa who have won this trophy on five previous occasions 2-1.
Third Round - Preston North End (A) 3-0
Fourth Round - Southampton (H) 3-1
Quarter Finals - Oxford United (A) 3-1
Semi Finals - First Leg - Manchester United (A) 3-1
Second leg - Manchester United (H) 0-1 City won 3-2 on aggregate.
Second Round - Crewe Alexandra (A) 6-1
Third Round - Brighton and Hove Albion - (A) 3-1
Fourth Round - Wolverhampton Wanderers (H) 2-1
Quarter Finals - Liverpool (H) 5-0
Semi Finals - First Leg - Leicester City (A) 1-1
Second leg - Leicester City (H) 2-1 Villa won 3-2 on aggregate.
Who are the Recent Winners of the EFL Cup?
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.
That being said, you have to note that the top sides in the Premier League have very strong squads. They 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 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.
In the last 15 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 and Chelsea. Clubs do tend to play stronger sides as the chance to win the trophy becomes higher. EFL Cup winner celebrations have been taking place a fair bit in Manchester in recent years. Manchester City have won the trophy four times in the last six seasons with one triumph for Manchester United and the other season seeing Chelsea win the cup.
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.