The 2017/18 EFL Cup final will take place on the 25th February at the home of English football, Wembley. It is also named Carabao Cup, after the sponsor.
The English Football League Cup, which is the official name of the competition, is open to all 92 members of the English football league but just two teams remain to compete in the final and they are Manchester City and Arsenal.
Manchester City last reached the final in 2016 and they won 3–1 in a penalty shootout. Arsenal last played in the League Cup final back in 2011 and they lost in a shock 2-1 defeat to Birmingham City. The last time the Gunners won the tournament was back in 1993. So what are EFL Cup Final odds?
1. EFL Cup Final Betting Tips
Manchester City have been sweeping all before them on both the English and European stage this season, so it is little surprise to see the runaway Premier League leaders installed as favourites to win the match, priced at 8/13 at Bet365.
Manchester City entered the 2017/18 Carabao Cup at the third-round stage and defeated West Bromwich Albion 2-1 away from home. Pep Guardiola’s team required penalties to overcome Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City in the fourth and fifth round respectively before defeating Bristol City 5-3 on aggregate in the semi-final.
Arsenal have been struggling to impose themselves on the Premier League again this season. Finishing in the top four is going to be a big ask and this match represents their best chance of winning silverware this season.
However, they have been too inconsistent and you do not know what Arsenal could produce on the day. This, coupled with the strength of the opposition sees Arsenal out at 4/1 with Bet365 to win the Carabao Cup final.
Arsenal’s path to the final included wins over Doncaster Rovers, Norwich City (after extra-time), West Ham United and Chelsea. Other than the first leg of the semi-final, Arsenal have been at home for every game.
2. Carabao Cup Predictions
Manchester City are a team who love going forward and they been scoring plenty of goals this season. Arsenal’s defence on the other hand has been poor at times and they been conceding too many sloppy goals.
If Arsenal do not improve defensively, they could be in for a long afternoon and Manchester City have scored 2 or more goals against them in their last four Premier League meetings. Manchester City to score over 2.5 goals is 7/4 with Bet365.
Arsenal will feel they have the weapons to score goals themselves in this match and there is no doubting their quality going forward. Mesut Ozil will need to be at his best if the Gunners are to have any chance and he can cut any team open with his skill and passing.
Manchester City to win and both teams to score is 2/1 with Bet365.
Finally, if Manchester City are to get their customary number of goals and Arsenal also find the back of the net, we could be in for a highly entertaining match. Manchester City to win and over 3.5 goals scored is 5/2 with Bet365.
Looking ahead to the team news and Manchester City will be without full-back Benjamin Mendy, who is not expected back in action until April. Gabriel Jesus could return and be in contention for a place in the team and Leroy Sane will also hope to be back to full fitness.
Arsenal will be without midfielder Santi Cazorla, as they have been throughout this season but he is the only long-term worry for Arsene Wenger. However, Mesut Ozil, Hector Bellerin, Laurent Koscielny and Jack Wilshere are one yellow card away from a ban.
These are Carabao Cup Final predictions that we have prepared for you. It is easy to see who is the favourite of this match, but this is football, anything can happen!