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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.
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.
|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.
|Team||Winners||Runners-up||Years Won||Years 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||-|
|Port Vale||2||0||1993, 2001||-|
|Stoke City||2||0||1992, 2000||-|
|Swansea City||2||0||1994, 2006||-|
|Wigan Athletic||2||0||1985, 1999||-|
|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|
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
Check in at freetips.com where we have all the latest bookmakers offers including free bets, enhanced odds, accumulator specials and cash back. Our bookmaker reviews will guide to in choosing a bookmaker depending on your country of residence.
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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