The EFL Cup is the first chance in the season for English football clubs to get their hands on some silverware.
For many years, the EFL Cup (or League Cup as it is traditionally known) was viewed only as the second-rate cup competition in English football where upsets were rife but in more recent years the big boys have taken the tournament increasingly seriously.
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Unlike the FA Cup which has masses of preliminary rounds, the EFL Cup is open only to the 92 clubs playing in the Football League with most Premier League teams entering in the Second Round and those playing European football entering in the Third Round.
One of the beauties of the EFL Cup is the chance of a ‘cupset’ where lower league teams secure a surprise win over Premier League opposition.
These happen more often in the early rounds before teams start sensing they have a chance of lifting the trophy at Wembley in February and things get more serious.
That is what happened in the 2020/21 season where three of the traditional big six – Man Utd, Man City and Tottenham – made it through to the semi-finals, joined by Brentford who have already beaten four Premier League teams.
EFL Cup 2021 Free Bets & Latest Enhanced Odds
The majority of the EFL Cup free bets that we have here at Freebets.com are related to the specific matches which lie ahead.
For that reason, these EFL Cup betting offers change all the time but we do have a large number of football free bets and welcome bonuses which can be used throughout the tournament.
If you are looking to get involved in all the EFL Cup betting options ahead, here are the very best free bets and betting offers around.
EFL Cup Final Betting Odds
The EFL Cup Final is the first big set-piece event of the English football season so it always attracts a huge amount of interest from fans, punters and bookmakers alike.
The EFL Cup match betting options including a whole host of markets such as Match Result, Correct Score, First/Anytime Goalscorer and Over/Under Goals markets.
In addition, you can bet on more specialist markets such as the Method of Victory (will the team win in full time, extra time or penalties).
The importance of EFL Cup betting is such that the bookmakers all provide a great many different ways to bet, so if there is a bet you’re considering for the EFL Cup final there is a chance you’ll find a bookie offering a price for it.
Manchester City’s dominance in the EFL Cup continued in 2020 as the Citizens won lifted the trophy at Wembley for the third year in a row.
Pep Guardiola’s men have not been at their scintillating best too often this season but they remain one of the most dangerous teams in world football and, having made the EFL Cup 2021 semi-finals, Man City are the 6/5 favourites with bet365.
Like Guardiola, Jose Mourinho knows just how important EFL Cup success can be.
He used this tournament as the springboard to more silverware when manager of Chelsea and Man Utd and the ruthlessness he has added to Tottenham makes them the second favourites for EFL Cup 2021 success at 7/4 with Betfred.
Man Utd have hauled themselves right into the title challenge this season, with Ole Gunnar Solskajer and his players continuing to silence the critics.
Can Solskjaer pick up his first trophy as Man Utd manager. bet365 are offering 7/2 about Man Utd’s chances.
Brentford are the clear outsiders for the EFL Cup at 20/1 with BetVictor but Thomas Frank’s men have already made it past four Premier League teams en route to the semi-finals and their impressive form in the Championship means they will fancy their chances of an upset against Tottenham.
EFL Cup Betting Offers and Enhanced Odds
The 2021 EFL Cup final will take place at Wembley Stadium a little later than usual this year, on Sunday, April 25.
Those who exercise patience will get the most targetted offers for the EFL Cup final but we have a string of betting offers which are available right now for those looking to take advantage immediately.
So, what offers do you have on Freebets.com right now?
EFL Cup Outright Betting Markets
The EFL Cup outright betting is about more than just one market; these are the ones to consider:
- To Lift the Trophy
- Match Result in 90-minutes
- To Reach the Final
- To Reach the Semi-final
- Name the Finalists
There are always some very good prices available in the early stages of the EFL Cup given the unpredictability of the tournament with even some of the best teams available at tempting prices in the market.
EFL Cup Tips and Predictions
There is always the chance of a shock or two in the EFL Cup.
The 2021 EFL Cup was no different with Leeds being knocked out by Hull, Brentford beating Southampton and Newcastle and Stoke getting the better of Wolves.
As the tournament progressed the bigger teams started taking things more seriously and Man City once again made it through to the final four for a semi-final tie against rivals and neighbours Man Utd whilst the other semi was also a city rival pitting Brentford against Tottenham.
We will continue to provide betting tips for the huge EFL Cup matches ahead right the way through to the final in April.
What is the EFL Cup?
The EFL Cup is the knockout cup competition for the Football League.
Unlike the FA Cup, which is open to any club affiliated with the FA in England, the EFL Cup is open only to the 92 Football League clubs.
The competition was introduced in 1960 as the Football League Cup and has changed names multiple times during its history due to a change in sponsor.
The Milk Marketing Board was famously the tournament’s first sponsor leading to the name the Milk Cup. It’s also been known as the Littlewoods Challenge Cup, the Rumbleows Cup, the Coca-Cola Cup, the Worthington Cup, the Carling Cup, the Capital One Cup and the Carabao Cup.
There are seven rounds in the EFL Cup, all of which are single-leg ties. Traditionally, the semi-finals were played over two legs but this was changed for 2021 in a bid to reduce the amount of football that teams have to play.
In addition to winning the first piece of competitive silverware of the season, winners of the EFL Cup are awarded a place in the UEFA Europa Conference League.
EFL Cup Records & Stats
Arsenal have the most wins (13) and also share with Manchester United the most appearances in the final (20). Manchester United also hold an unwanted record, with Everton, for the most losses in the final (8).
Ashley Cole holds the record for most wins as a player (7) during his time at both Arsenal and Chelsea, while Arsene Wenger is the manager to have won it more than any other (7).
Previous EFL Cup Finals
|2019||Manchester City||Chelsea||0-0 Man City Won on Penalties|
|2016||Manchester City||Liverpool||0-0 Man City Won on Penalties|
|2013||Swansea City||Bradford City||5-0|
|2012||Liverpool||Cardiff||2-2 Liverpool Won on Penalties|
EFL Cup Top Scorers
Ian Rush – 37
Robbie Fowler – 33
Jermain Defoe – 22
Michael Owen – 19
Frank Lampard – 16
Andy Cole – 16
Most Successful Clubs in EFL Cup History
- Liverpool – 8 Win
- Manchester City – 7 Wins
- Aston Villa, Manchester United, Chelsea – 5 Wins
- Tottenham, Nottingham Forest – 4 Wins
- Leicester City – 3 Wins
- Arsenal, Norwich City, Birmingham City, Wolves – 2 Wins