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EFL Cup Final: Date, history & odds

The first trophy of the English football season is awarded in the EFL Cup final, which is traditionally played at Wembley in February.

All 92 clubs from the Premier League, Championship, League One and League Two enter the competition at the start of the campaign and Manchester City are 7/2 to win the 2023/24 EFL Cup with holders Manchester United 7/1.

WhatEFL Cup Final
WhereWembley Stadium, London
WhenSunday 25th February, 2024
How to watchSky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event
OddsManchester City 7/2, Arsenal 7/1, Liverpool 7/1, Manchester United 7/1, Chelsea 10/1

When is the EFL Cup Final?

The 2023/24 EFL Cup final takes place on Sunday 25th February 2024. The competition kicks off with first-round matches on Tuesday 8th August 2023.

Where is the EFL Cup Final played?

The EFL Cup final will be held at Wembley Stadium in London. 

The final took place at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium from 2001 to 2007 before returning to Wembley in 2008.

There were 87,306 spectators in attendance at the 2023 final in which Manchester United beat Newcastle 2-0.

Can I watch the EFL Cup Final?

Yes, the EFL Cup final will be shown live on Sky Sports, which also broadcasts selected matches from the first, second, third and fourth rounds as well as every quarter-final and semi-final tie.

How many times has the EFL Cup Final taken place?

The EFL Cup, also known as the League Cup, was introduced in the 1960/61 English football season and Aston Villa beat Rotherham 3-2 on aggregate to become the inaugural winners.

The 2023/24 EFL Cup final will be the 64th time the trophy has been awarded. 

The first six finals were played over two legs at the finalists' home grounds before it was switched to a one-off game in 1967, when QPR beat West Brom 3-2 at Wembley.

In the 1977 final, Aston Villa beat Everton 3-2 after extra-time in the second replay and Liverpool became the first club to win the EFL Cup final in a penalty shootout when they saw off Birmingham after a 1-1 draw in 120 minutes in 2001.

Who has won the EFL Cup Final on the most occasions?

Liverpool have won the EFL Cup final on nine occasions, most recently beating Chelsea on penalties in 2022, and that tally means the Reds are the most successful club in League Cup history.

In recent years, Manchester City have been the dominant force in the EFL Cup final, triumphing six times in eight years between 2014 and 2021, and the Citizens have claimed the trophy on eight occasions in all.

Manchester United won their first EFL Cup final in 1992 and, perhaps surprisingly given their success in the 1990s and 2000s under Sir Alex Ferguson, had to wait until 2006 for a second crown.

The Red Devils are now six-time League Cup winners, having defeated Newcastle 2-0 in the 2023 final at Wembley.

Aston Villa and Chelsea have each won five EFL Cup finals, while Tottenham and Nottingham Forest have four titles and Leicester have claimed the trophy on three occasions.

Arsenal have reached the final eight times but their only successes came in 1987 and 1993, while League Two Bradford made it to Wembley in the 2013 EFL Cup final, losing 5-0 to then top-flight Swansea.

Who are the favourites for the EFL Cup Final?

Manchester City won the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League in 2022/23 but lost to Southampton in the EFL Cup quarter-finals.

City have won the EFL Cup final in six of the last 10 seasons and they are 7/2 to add to that tally in 2023/24.

Arsenal, runners-up to City in the Premier League, are 7/1 to win the 2023/24 EFL Cup final and 2022 cup winners Liverpool also start the season as 7/1 shots.

Goals from Casemiro and Marcus Rashford gave Manchester United a 2-0 win over Newcastle in the 2023 final and the Red Devils are 7/1 to retain the trophy, while beaten finalists Newcastle are 10/1 to go one better in the 2023/24 EFL Cup final.

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