English League Cup 2021/22 Winner Prediction, Odds & Picks

English League Cup Winner

  • The League Cup is the secondary cup competition in English soccer
  • It was founded in 1960 and won by Aston Villa in its inaugural edition
  • Manchester City have dominated the tournament in recent years

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The League Cup is the secondary cup competition in England. The 2021/22 edition began on July 31 and will conclude with the final at Wembley on February 27. Ninety-two teams entered the competition as per usual.

The League Cup was launched in 1960 by Alan Hardaker, the Football League Secretary. “It must be obvious to all of you that the time has come to do something, and it is up to the Football League to give the lead,” he said of his hopes to revitalize English soccer. The League Cup has been held on an annual basis ever since.

League Cup Winner Odds

Odds taken from DraftKings Sportsbokk.

League Cup Winner Odds Odds
Manchester City +300
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Chelsea +600
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Manchester United +800
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Liverpool +800
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Arsenal +1200
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Tottenham Hotspur +1200
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Leicester City +1400
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Everton +1800
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Leeds United +2200
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West Ham United +2200
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Wolverhampton Wanderers +2800
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Aston Villa +2800
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Who Will Win League Cup 2021/22?

Manchester City are the favorites to win the League Cup in the 2021/22 campaign. That is no surprise: the reigning Premier League champions have dominated the tournament in recent years, winning each of the last four editions, five of the last six and six of the last eight.

Chelsea are the second-favorites and Manchester United are third – those two clubs are the only ones other than Manchester City to have triumphed in the League Cup since 2013. Liverpool are fourth, Arsenal are fifth and Tottenham Hotspur, the runners-up last season, are sixth. Leicester City and Everton and Everton are the only other teams available for less than +2000 with DraftKings Sportsbook.

It is hard to look past Manchester City once again this season. If you prefer a slightly longer shot, Leicester could be a good shout. The Foxes won the FA Cup last term and may now turn their attention to the other knockout tournament.

Who Were the League Cup 2021 Winners?

Manchester City are the defending champions after winning the League Cup last season. Pep Guardiola’s side beat Bournemouth, Burnley, Arsenal, and Manchester United, before defeating Tottenham 1-0 in the final at Wembley.

Which Team Has Won the League Cup Most?

Team and Number of Wins Most recent success
Liverpool – 8 2012
Manchester City – 8 2021
Aston Villa – 5 1996
Manchester United – 5 2017
Chelsea – 5 2015
Nottingham Forest – 4 1990
Tottenham Hotspur – 4 2008
Leicester City – 3 2000
Arsenal – 2 1993
Norwich City – 2 1985
Birmingham City – 2 2011
Wolverhampton Wanderers – 2 1980

Liverpool and Manchester City are the joint-most successful sides in the history of the League Cup with eight triumphs apiece. As well as the teams listed above, 11 clubs have won the League Cup once each.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is the League Cup a Major Trophy?

The League Cup is a major trophy to some clubs and not such a big deal to others. When Swansea City won the competition in 2013, it was arguably the greatest achievement in the club’s history. It was significant the previous year too, when Birmingham City lifted the trophy with a shock win against Arsenal in the final.

To the Premier League’s elite, however, the League Cup is not as important as other competitions. The Premier League and Champions League are the two most sought-after trophies, followed by the FA Cup and then the League Cup.

One advantage the League Cup has over the FA Cup is its scheduling. The competition is usually finished by February or March, which encourages big teams to take it seriously as it does not clash with the business end of the season.

Which Countries Have League Cup?

Many other European countries, including Spain, Germany and Italy, only have one cup competition. As well as England, there are League Cups in Scotland, Portugal, Wales, the Republic of Ireland, Iceland, Northern Ireland and Israel.

In other continents, Argentina, Japan, Uruguay and South Africa are among the countries with a League Cup.

How Do You Qualify for the League Cup?

Qualification for the League Cup is automatic. All 92 teams in the top four divisions of English soccer take part in the competition. The 48 sides in League One and League Two (the third and fourth tier of the pyramid) enter in the first round, together with 22 of the 24 clubs in the Championship.

The two remaining Championship teams (those which finished 18th and 19th in the previous season’s Premier League) enter in the second round, along with the 13 Premier League clubs absent from European competition. The remaining seven top-flight outfits make their first appearance in the third round.

How Does the League Cup Work?

The League Cup is a straight knockout tournament featuring seven rounds of one-off matches. The only exception is the semi-finals, which take place over two legs.

The first two rounds are regionalized, with participating clubs split into northern and southern sections. Unlike the FA Cup, there are no replays for tied games. Further to this, extra time was abolished for all rounds except the final in 2018/19. A tie after 90 minutes is followed immediately by a penalty shoot-out.

What Happens if You Win the League Cup?

The winners of the League Cup are awarded a trophy, a set of medals, £100,000 ($138,000) in prize money and a place in the history books. They also qualify for the Europa Conference League, unless they have go on to secure a place in European competition via their Premier League position. In that case, the Europa Conference League place is transferred to the highest-placed Premier League team not already qualified for continental competition.

How can I watch the League Cup on TV?

Soccer fans based in the United States can watch the League Cup on ESPN. Kick-off times (Eastern) are usually at 2:45 pm on selected Tuesdays or Wednesdays.

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