EFL Trophy Betting Tips, Previews & Predictions

The EFL Trophy (English Football League Trophy) is an annual football knockout competition in English football. It is currently known as the Leasing.com Trophy for sponsorship reasons having previously been called the Checkatrade Trophy.

The EFL Trophy is open to all 48 clubs in EFL League One and EFL League Two. Since 2016 there have been 16 U21 teams from clubs in the English Premier League and EFL Championship.

The EFL Trophy is considered to be the third most prestigious knockout trophy in English football behind the FA Cup and English League Cup.

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EFL Trophy History


The EFL Trophy began as the Associate Members' Cup in the 1983 and was a continuation from the Football League Group Cup. In 1992 the competition was renamed the Football League Trophy, the same time the English Premier League began and the Football League became accountable for the lower three professional divisions and the lower-division clubs became full members of the Football League.

In 2016 the Football League Group Cup became the EFL Trophy, the same time the Football League became the English Football League. Sixteen Category One academies from Premier League and Championship clubs joined the competition which was criticised for trying to add Premier League 'B' or U21 teams into the English football system.

EFL Trophy Results


Get all the latest results from the EFL Trophy so you can start planning for the next round. The official site has all the results that can help you see who is in form and who might not be taking the competition as seriously as other clubs.

EFL Trophy Winners


The 2018-19 champions were Portsmouth who beat Sunderland 5-4 in a penalty shootout to win the competition for the first time.

YearWinnersScoreRunners-upVenueAttendance
2020 2020 TBA TBA Wembley Stadium TBA
2019 Portsmouth 2–2 Sunderland Wembley Stadium 85,021
2018 Lincoln City 1–0 Shrewsbury Town Wembley Stadium 41,261
2017 Coventry City 2–1 Oxford United Wembley Stadium 74,434
2016 Barnsley 3–2 Oxford United Wembley Stadium 59,230
2015 Bristol City 2–0 Walsall Wembley Stadium 72,315
2014 Peterborough United 3–1 Chesterfield Wembley Stadium 35,663
2013 Crewe Alexandra 2–0 Southend United Wembley Stadium 43,842
2012 Chesterfield 2–0 Swindon Town Wembley Stadium 49,602
2011 Carlisle United 1–0 Brentford Wembley Stadium 40,476
2010 Southampton 4–1 Carlisle United Wembley Stadium 73,476
2009 Luton Town 3–2 Scunthorpe United Wembley Stadium 55,378
2008 Milton Keynes Dons 2–0 Grimsby Town Wembley Stadium 56,618
0:00 Doncaster Rovers 3–2 Bristol Rovers Millennium Stadium 59,024
2006 Swansea City 2–1 Carlisle United Millennium Stadium 42,028
2005 Wrexham 2–0 Southend United Millennium Stadium 36,216
2004 Blackpool 2–0 Southend United Millennium Stadium 34,031
2003 Bristol City 2–0 Carlisle United Millennium Stadium 50,913
2002 Blackpool 4–1 Cambridge United Millennium Stadium 20,287
2001 Port Vale 2–1 Brentford Millennium Stadium 25,654
2000 Stoke City 2–1 Bristol City Wembley Stadium 75,057
1999 Wigan Athletic 1–0 Millwall Wembley Stadium 55,349
1998 Grimsby Town 2–1 AFC Bournemouth Wembley Stadium 62,432
1997 Carlisle United 0–0 Colchester United Wembley Stadium 45,077
1996 Rotherham United 2–1 Shrewsbury Town Wembley Stadium 35,235
1995 Birmingham City 1–0 Carlisle United Wembley Stadium 76,663
1994 Swansea City 1–1 Huddersfield Town Wembley Stadium 47,773
1993 Port Vale 2–1 Stockport County Wembley Stadium 35,885
1992 Stoke City 1–0 Stockport County Wembley Stadium 48,339
1991 Birmingham City 3–2 Tranmere Rovers Wembley Stadium 58,750
1990 Tranmere Rovers 2–1 Bristol Rovers Wembley Stadium 48,402
1989 Bolton Wanderers 4–1 Torquay United Wembley Stadium 46,513
1988 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–0 Burnley Wembley Stadium 80,841
1987 Mansfield Town 1–1 Bristol City Wembley Stadium 58,586
1986 Bristol City 3–0 Bolton Wanderers Wembley Stadium 54,502
1985 Wigan Athletic 3–1 Brentford Wembley Stadium 39,897
1984 AFC Bournemouth 2–1 Hull City Boothferry Park 6,544

EFL Trophy Most Successful Clubs


The most successful club in the EFL Trophy is Bristol City who have lifted the trophy three times in 1986, 2003 and 2015. Carlisle United, Birmingham City, Blackpool, Port Vale, Stoke City, Swansea City and Wigan Athletic have all won the EFL Trophy twice.

TeamWinnersRunners-upYears WonYears Runner-up
Bristol City 3 2 1986, 2003, 2015 1987, 2000
Carlisle United 2 4 1997, 2011 1995, 2003, 2006, 2010
Birmingham City 2 0 1991, 1995 -
Blackpool 2 0 2002, 2004 -
Port Vale 2 0 1993, 2001 -
Stoke City 2 0 1992, 2000 -
Swansea City 2 0 1994, 2006 -
Wigan Athletic 2 0 1985, 1999 -
Bolton Wanderers 1 1 1989 1986
AFC Bournemouth 1 1 1984 1998
Chesterfield 1 1 2012 2014
Grimsby Town 1 1 1998 2008
Tranmere Rovers 1 1 1990 1991
Barnsley 1 0 2016 -
Coventry City 1 0 2017 -
Crewe Alexandra 1 0 2013 -
Doncaster Rovers 1 0 2007 -
Lincoln City 1 0 2018 -
Luton Town 1 0 2009 -
Mansfield Town 1 0 1987 -
MK Dons 1 0 2008 -
Peterborough United 1 0 2014 -
Portsmouth 1 0 2019 -
Rotherham United 1 0 1996 -
Southampton 1 0 2010 -
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 0 1988 -
Wrexham 1 0 2005 -
Brentford 0 3 - 1985, 2001, 2011
Southend United 0 3 - 2004, 2005, 2013
Bristol Rovers 0 2 - 1990, 2007
Oxford United 0 2 - 2016, 2017
Shrewsbury Town 0 2 - 1996, 2018
Stockport County 0 2 - 1992, 1993
Burnley 0 1 - 1988
Cambridge United 0 1 - 2002
Colchester United 0 1 - 1997
Huddersfield Town 0 1 - 1994
Hull City 0 1 - 1984
Millwall 0 1 - 1999
Scunthorpe United 0 1 - 2009
Sunderland 0 1 - 2019
Swindon Town 0 1 - 2012
Torquay United 0 1 - 1989
Walsall 0 1 - 2015

EFL Trophy UEFA Champions League & Europa League qualification


The EFL Trophy winner does not currently qualify for the UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League.

EFL Trophy Betting Odds


Most major bookmakers will offer odds for the EFL Trophy including all the major match markets such as winner, total goals over/under, BTTS, first and anytime goalscorer.

The EFL Trophy winner betting odds can offer plenty of value if you have a solid understanding of lower league teams.

EFL Trophy Free Bets


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EFL Trophy Fixtures & Draw


The first draw for the EFL Trophy is made in August with the competitions split up into 16 regional groups containing four teams each. There are eight groups in each section, called the Northern and Southern sections.

The top two teams from each group qualify for the knockout stages. The first two knockout rounds remain regionalised, the draw is open from the quarter-finals with the EFL Trophy Final held in late March or early April at Wembley. 

EFL Trophy Format


There are 64 teams that enter the EFL Trophy in Round One. These include all 48 teams from League One and League Two and 16 category 1 Premier League and 1 EFL Championship academy/U21 sides. 

There are no draws in the group stage, if scores are level after 90 minutes a penalty shootout occurs with the winning team awarded 2 points and the losing team 1 point.

EFL Trophy Table


The EFL Trophy table can provide valuable insight, especially in the final matches in the group stage where some clubs might have nothing to play for. 

EFL Trophy Bet of the Day


Our bet of the day often features matches from the EFL Trophy. Be sure to check out or bet of the day which is our best bet from a number of sports including football, basketball, tennis and rugby.

EFL Trophy Live Streaming


Watch all the matches from the EFL Trophy with live streaming on your phone, iPad, tablet or computer where ever you can get a suitable internet connection.

One of the best live streaming services is offered by bookmaker bet365. You need a funded sports account or placed a bet within the last 24 hours in order to view bet365 streams, 18+ and geo-restrictions apply, please read all the terms and conditions at bet365.

EFL Trophy Highlights & Replays


Catch up with all the action from the EFL Trophy by watching highlights and replays on club youtube channels.

EFL Trophy News


Stay up to date with all the EFL Trophy news to make sure you have the latest information available. Knowing what players are injured and suspended can have a big impact on football match results, especially in the EFL Trophy where many managers treat the competition as a distraction.

The efl.com website is an essential resource for all the latest EFL Trophy news:


EFL Trophy Social Media


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