What is EFL Cup
The EFL Cup, currently known as the Carabao Cup, is an annual knockout football tournament in England. Organised by the English Football League, it is open to any team that participates in the Premier League, Championship, League One, and League Two can be part of the tournament in total 92 teams.
The competition was first held in 1960–61 it is one of the three top-tier domestic football tournaments in England, alongside the FA Cup and Premier League. It ends in February, long before the other two, which end in May. The league introduced it as a response to the increasing popularity of European football and exerted power over the FA. It also took advantage of the roll-out of floodlights, allowing the games to be held in midweek evening games.
The tournament structure is played by seven rounds, with single-leg ties, except for the semi-finals. The final is always played at the Wembley Stadium. The first two rounds are split into South and North sections, and a system of byes based on league level ensures higher ranked clubs enter in later rounds, and to defer the entry of teams still involved in Europe.
The winner of the EFL club winners who receive the title will qualify for European football while starting in 2020–21; the winners get a place in the UEFA Europa Conference League. Should the winner also qualify for Europe through other means at the end of the campaign, this place is transferred to the highest-placed English top-tier team not already qualified for the European tournament. The defending champions Manchester City won their fourth consecutive League Cup and eighth overall.
Who are the traditional favourites to win EFL Cup?
Premier League top teams are mainly the frontrunners to claim the EFL cup every year, Liverpool and Man City are two teams to have won it eight times since its beginning.
Many teams in the English top-tier Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Man City and Manchester United, in particular, have used the tournament to give young players valuable first-team experience until they reach the semi-finals.
What are the odds for EFL Cup?
Manchester City 3/1
Manchester Utd 7/1
West Ham 25/1
Aston Villa 33/1
Crystal Palace 50/1
West Brom 80/1
Nottm Forest 100/1
Sheffield Utd 100/1
Bristol City 200/1
Sheffield Wed 250/1
MK Dons 500/1
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