A mouthwatering final of the 2016-17 EFL Cup takes place at Wembley on Sunday February 26 and we have picked out our three best bets for the showdown between Manchester United and Southampton.
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EFL Cup final betting tips
1) Manchester United to win in 90 minutes @ 4/5 with bet365
We hope that you, like us, were able to take advantage of the odds-against quote originally being offered about United to win in normal time but if not, we still think 4/5 is a pretty fair price.
United’s greater quality is expected to prevail and this should be another routine win for the favourites as they aim to collect a third trophy at Wembley within nine months.
2) Both teams to score? NO @ 4/5 with bet365
This is based on United’s recent defensive record in particular because they have kept six clean sheets out of seven going into this final.
Backers of ‘No’ in the BTTS market would also have cleaned up on Southampton starting with the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final against Liverpool, for a clean sheet was kept either by Saints or their opponents seven times in nine matches starting with that fixture.
Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea catches the ball during a training session (Getty Images) 3) Manchester United to win 2-0 @ 15/2 with BetVictor
To summarise our views on the final, it’s very difficult to know which Southampton will turn up because they can be excellent – as they have been throughout their run to Wembley – or dreadful, such as when losing 5-0 at home to Arsenal in the FA Cup.
Saints have become a notoriously unpredictable side under manager Claude Puel and their performances can vary greatly from week to week, with that inconsistency reflected in their mid-table Premier League position which means they have gone backwards somewhat from when Ronald Koeman was in charge.
Jose Mourinho, meanwhile, is a real League Cup expert having won the competition three times with Chelsea and he can add a fourth medal to his tally by opening his trophy account with the club he joined last summer.