EFL Cup Final
Manchester City v Tottenham 16:30
Sunday, 25th April 2021
It’s off to Wembley Stadium this Sunday (25th April 2021) for the EFL Cup Final as the first bit of silverware is on offer.
The current Premier League leaders – Manchester City – take on Spurs, who have just sacked their manager Jose Mourhino.
Manchester City v Tottenham 16:30
- Already met this season Man City 3-0 Spurs, Spurs 2-0 Man City
- Met 3 times in the League Cup, Man City 0, Draws 0, Spurs 3
- Last met in the EFL Cup (2003), Spurs 3-1 Man City
- Spurs have lost just 1 of their last 4 vs Man City
- 15 of the last 22 head-to-heads went OVER 2.5 GOALS (all comps)
- Both teams didn’t score in the last 3 head-to-heads
- Spurs have won the last 2 head-to-heads 2-0
- Man City have lost just 3 of their last 11 vs Spurs
- 2 DRAWS in the last 23 head-to-heads
- Raheem Sterling (Man City) has scored 6 in his last 11 vs Spurs
- Gundogan (Man City) scored 2 in the last head-to-head
Plenty to look forward to this Sunday as Manchester City and Tottenham face-off in the League Cup Final at Wembley – and with Spurs recently sacking their manager, Jose Mourhino, there will be even more attention on the game.
The London club has appointed their head of development – Ryan Mason – to head team coach until the end of the season, but it will be a chance for the former Spurs player to get the clubs first trophy since 2008, when they won this same competition.
They take on the holders though in Man City, who have actually won the last three EFL Cup and also lifted this prize 5 times in the last 7 years, so have certainly made this competition their own.
City will, however, be reeling after their FA Cup semi-final defeat at the hands of Chelsea last weekend and with that it ended their dreams of a quadruple. All is not lost for City though as they head into this final as the clear favourites, look to have the Premier League title in the bag and are also in the semi-final of the Champions League.
The 90 mins match betting for this EFL Cup final sees Man City 1.50, the Draw 4.75 and Spurs 5.50, while City are 1.28 in the outright market, with Spurs 3.75.
They already met twice this season in the league and those clashes ended with a home win for each side. Spurs fans will also gain some hope from having lost just one of their last four against City, plus in this competition the Londoners have a head-to-head record that reads 3-0!
Having said that, it’s also worth pointing out that if we go back a bit further, we’ll see that City have lost just 3 of their last 11 vs Spurs in all competitions.
With 15 of the last 22 meetings between the sides seeing OVER 2.5 GOALS, then this might appeal at 1.85, while both teams DIDN’T score in the last three meetings – this is on offer at 1.80.
It’s generally a game that produces a result too – we’ve only had 2 DRAWS in the last 23 head-to-heads, but a 90mins City or Spurs win is only on offer at 1.18!
The main man for Spurs is, of course, Harry Kane, but he limped off recently in their game with Everton so faces a race for fitness to play. There is every reason to think he’ll be strapped up to not miss the final though and is around 6.00 (1st) or 2.60 (anytime) in the scorers market.
Looking at City, they have a few injury worries too as their star player – Kevin De Bruyne – looks a doubt after being forced off in their recent Semi-Final defeat against Chelsea. Raheem Sterling has scored 6 in the last 11 head-to-heads though, so the England man might be worth having on your radar at 6.00 (1st) or 2.60 (anytime).
City also lost in the league to Leeds a few weeks ago and didn’t convince in their latest Champions League win, despite getting over the line with a 2-1 win.
So, could the long season be catching up with City? These recent mini-wobbles will certainly give Spurs a bit of hope and with City short in the betting to life the cup and win the game in 90mins, the value looks to be with Spurs causing a slight upset.
Yes, a lot will rest on Kane being fit, but the players often get a lift when there’s a new manager and there’s also a chance players like Bale and Alli, who Mourhino wasn’t keen on playing much, could figure under their new regime.
JUICESTORM VERDICT: SPURS TO WIN OUTRIGHT @3.75
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