English League Cup Previews, Predictions & Betting Tips
English League Cup
The English League Cup is an annual knockout football competition in English domestic football. The English League Cup is open to all 92 clubs in the top four levels of the English football league system – the English Premier League, The Championship, League One and League Two.
Organised by the English Football League (EFL), the competition was rebranded as the EFL Cup from the 2016–17 season onwards. The tournament is currently known as the Carabao Cup for sponsorship reasons.
The competition was first held in 1960–61 as the Football League Cup. It was introduced as a reaction to the growing popularity of European football and to also apply power over the FA.
The English League Cup took advantage of the roll-out of floodlights at many English football stadiums, which allowed the matches to be played midweek in the evening. The EFL Cup concludes in February, before the other two top-tier domestic football competitions in England - the Premier League and FA Cup - end in May.
The tournament is played over seven single leg rounds except the semi-finals. The final is held at Wembley Stadium. Clubs are seeded in the early rounds with higher ranked teams entering in the later rounds. The winners of the English League Cup qualify for a place in the UEFA Europa League, unless the winner qualifies for Europe through their Premier League position.
In this case, the place in the UEFA Europa League goes to the highest-placed Premier League team not already qualified for European competition. Like the FA Cup, there are often ‘giant killings’ where clubs in the lower divisions defeat well established Premier League clubs.
Some examples are Fourth Division side Chester knocking league champions Leeds United out 3–0 in the 1974–75 quarter-finals. The 1966–67 final saw Division Three side Queens Park Rangers defeat West Bromwich Albion 3-2 in the first League Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.
In 1968–69, Third Division club Swindon Town beat Arsenal 3-1 after extra time in the final to win the trophy. Manchester United have been the ‘giants’ killed in the tournament on numerous occasions. In 1995–96 the Red Devils were beaten 3–0 at home by York City in the second round before going out 4–3 on aggregate.
Manchester United were knocked out by Southend United in 2006–07 and Coventry City in 2007–08. In 2014–15, United lost 4–0 in the second round against third-tier club MK Dons.
In the 2012–13 League Cup, League Two club Bradford City knocked out Premier League sides Wigan, Arsenal and Aston Villa to reach the final. Swansea City became the first team from outside England to win the League Cup in 2013.
Liverpool have won the most English League Cups with eight trophies. Manchester United, Aston Villa, Chelsea and Manchester City have all won the tournament five times, with Tottenham Hotspur and Nottingham Forest winning four each.
Liverpool’s Ian Rush has the most individual tournament wins with five. Rush shares the highest career goalscorer in the English League Cup Geoff Hurst who both scored 49 goals each. The highest goalscorer in the competition in a single season is Tottenham Hotspur’s Clive Allen with 12 goals in 1986–87.
The current holders are Manchester City who beat Arsenal 3–0 in the 2018 final. Goals to Sergio Agüero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva gave Pep Guardiola’s side a comfortable victory at Wembley.
Recent English League Cup Winners & Runners-Up
|2012-13||Swansea City||Bradford City|
|2009-10||Manchester United||Aston Villa|
|2008-09||Manchester United||Tottenham Hotspur|
Our EFL Cup football tips include our best bet, both teams to score (BTTS) tips, English League Cup accumulator tips and EFL Cup futures and outright tips such as tournament winner.
Football Previews, Predictions & Betting Tips
Bonus Code $500
$500 Deposit Match - 100% extra on 1st DepositClaimMust use BETMGM bonus code NEWWORLD1. Receive a 100% Deposit Match offer on your first deposit up to $500. There is a 2x wagering requirement on the bonus received from this promotion. New customers only. 21+ T&Cs and wagering requirements apply.
100 Bet Credits using bonus code NEWBONUS
NJ residents enter bet365 bonus code "NEWBONUS" on sign-upClaimNew customers only. 21+ T&Cs and wagering requirements apply. Sign up using the bonus code NEWBONUS, deposit £5 or more to your account and bet365 will match your qualifying deposit in Bet Credits when you place qualifying bets to the same value and they are settled. Min odds/bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. T&Cs, time limits & exclusions apply. Over 18s. Begameaware.org. The bonus code NEWBONUS can be used during registration, but does not change the offer amount in any way.
New Customer Offer up to $300
Risk Free First Bet up to $300 - paid in free betsClaimLicensed and regulated by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement as an Internet gaming operator in accordance with the Casino Control Act N.J.S.A. 5:12-1 and its implementing regulations. Only customers 21 and over are permitted to play our games. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call 1-800-GAMBLER
New Jersey Welcome Bonus
Bet 50 > Get 50ClaimNew customers only. 21+ only. T&Cs and wagering requirements apply.
Deposit $250. Get $250. Play $500
Register a new account and play. Over 21s only.ClaimNew customers only. 21+ T&Cs and wagering requirements apply.
$100 New Jersey Bonus
Join to claimClaimNew customers only. 21+ T&Cs and wagering requirements apply.
New Jersey Welcome Bonus
Join to claimClaimNew Jersey customers only. 21+ only. T&Cs and wagering requirements apply.
See all reviews
- William Hill
- Paddy Power
- bet365 New Jersey
- Unibet NJ
- Ladbrokes Australia
- bet365 Australia
- Betstar Australia
- Unibet Australia
- Draftstars Australia
- Mad Bookie
- Sportingbet South Africa
- Sunbet SA
- Betway South Africa
- Draftstars India
- GG Gaming
- Betdaq Sportsbook
- SugarHouse Sportsbook
- Sports Interaction
- Volt Casino
- World Sports Betting
- Moris Vee
- Playa Bets
- LM Bookmaker
- SportyBet Kenya
- Spin Sports
- Virgin Bet
- FOX Bet
- Grosvenor Sports
- Borgata Sports
- Mr Green Sportsbook
- Premier Bet
- Hollywoodbets UK
- Mr Play
- Greatodds Sportsbook
- Star Sports