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The EFL Cup is the 2016-17 title for the Football League Cup, which has no sponsor this season after the end of Capital One’s involvement but will be renamed the Carabao Cup for 2017-18.
It is the competition contested by all 92 clubs within the top four divisions of English football and has existed since 1961 when Aston Villa became the first winners, beating Rotherham United in a two-legged final. Since 1967, the final has been a one-off match.
This is the first major trophy to be decided during the season and victory can give the winners a boost for the rest of the campaign, especially if setting their sights on further silverware.
When and where is the EFL Cup Final 2017?
Wembley Stadium is the venue and that has been the case since the final became a one-off match in 1967, apart from 2001-07 when the Venue of Legends was being rebuilt and the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff took over for those seven years.
Before replays were abolished, if a second match was needed to decide the outcome following a draw then a neutral club ground was used, the most recent occasion being 1997 when Leicester City beat Middlesbrough at Hillsborough in Sheffield.
But this year, it will all be settled at Wembley on Sunday February 26 with a 16:30 GMT kick-off and extra time and penalties if necessary.
Wembley Stadium, venue for the EFL Cup Final (Getty Images)
Who will play in the EFL Cup Final?
Manchester United will take on Southampton, the latter having reached the final without conceding a goal and knocking out four Premier League rivals in Crystal Palace, Sunderland, Arsenal and Liverpool on route.
The Red Devils, meanwhile, will be hoping to give their manager Jose Mourinho a fourth success in this competition following his three triumphs with Chelsea.
Past winners and finals
Liverpool are the most successful team in EFL Cup history with eight victories between 1981 – which was the first of four in succession – and 2012, while they have also been runners-up four times.
One of those occasions was last year when the Reds lost on penalties to Manchester City, whose reign was ended by their local rivals United at Old Trafford.
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Outright EFL Cup odds
Manchester United are the red-hot favourites to claim a fifth victory in this competition at best odds of 4/9, with Southampton available at 2/1 to lift the trophy.
The Red Devils are expected by the bookmakers to get the job done in 90 minutes, with Southampton around the 4/1 mark to prevail without the need for extra time.
Here are the latest odds for the final:
Our latest EFL Cup Final betting tips