Football betting tips are backing Manchester United to win the EFL Cup 2017 by beating Southampton in the final.
The EFL Cup may not have the same prestige as the FA Cup, but it also happens to possess an incredible history as a result of being conducted for over 50 years. The first EFL Cup was in 1950, and the 2016-17 edition will be the 57th edition of the tournament.
Teams have come across 92 games of the tournament so far, but the EFL Cup final 2017 will be the most important of this year’s competition. Manchester United and Southampton will be the opponents in the final. The game will take place at the new Wembley stadium one February 26.
The EFL Cup final 2017 will decide the winner of the 2016-17 season. The winner will go on to replace Manchester City, who are the defending champions. However, City were knocked out of the competition by none other than arch-rivals United in the fourth round of the competition. Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool is the leading scorer with four goals. There have been an incredible 3.12 goals scored per game in this year’s tournament. However, not many goals are expected in the final between United and Southampton, according to EFL Cup final betting tips.
Manchester United manager José Mourinho is extremely keen on winning the title, which would be the second of his United regime. Mourinho won the Community Shield at the start of the season, but the League Cup or the EFL Cup is seen as the most important prize. The Portuguese places a lot of importance upon the EFL Cup, as he sees the trophy as a galvaniser of a team at the start of a managerial era. EFL Cup final odds clearly place United as the favourites for the title. The club is hoping to move level with Aston Villa and the Chelsea as the second most successful teams in the history. Liverpool are the most successful with eight wins, while United’s last victory in 2010 was their fourth title.
Southampton may not be the early favourites amongst the football betting tips, but the club can be regarded as a potential dark horse. They have already managed some impressive results in the league this season. Winning the EFL Cup will also provide manager Claude Puel with the opportunity to compete in the Europa League next season. Southampton managed to overcome eight-time winners Liverpool over a two-legged semi-final in order to reach this stage, which explains the importance amongst football betting tips.
The venue is Wembley Stadium and has been for quite a while - since 1967, apart from 2001-2007 when the location was being rebuilt. Until replays were abolished, second matches needed to decide outcomes after a draw took place on neutral club ground. The last occasion was in 1997 when Middlesbrough lost against Leicester City at Hillsborough in Sheffield.
Liverpool is definitely the most successful soccer team in EFL Cup history, having seen eight victories between 1981 and 2012. They have also been runners-up four times. For instance, in 2016 Liverpool lost against Manchester City at penalties.
Manchester United are definitely the favourites to lift the trophy in this tournament. They are seeing odds of 4/9, with Southampton seeing 2/1 to claim a victory. The Red Devils will be expected to win in 90 minutes, but Southampton needs more to win without some extra time. Bookies such as bet365, Ladbrokes, BetVictor, WilliamHill have different odds for each side, varying from 1.75 to 1.85 for Manchester United's victory, 3.30-3.65 for a Draw and 4-5.10 for Southampton's victory.
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