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EFL Cup Final 2017 Betting Preview

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Southampton (+0.5)Asian Handicap15/13BetVictor
SouthamptonTo Lift The Trophy9/4Paddy Power
Manolo Gabbiadini (ew)First Goalscorer9/1Bet365
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (ew)First Goalscorer7/2Sky Bet
0-0Half-Time Score13/8Bet365
After the 30th MinuteTime Of First GoalEvensPaddy Power
Under 2.5Total Goals4/6Bet365

efl_cupManchester United will take on Southampton in the EFL Cup Final on Sunday at Wembley – televised live on Sky Sports 1 from 4.30pm.

It is a repeat of the 1976 FA Cup Final that Southampton famously won 1-0 to upset the odds and lift their one and only major trophy.

The Saints are a best price of 12/1 at BetVictor to win 1-0 again, but bookmakers have United as their firm favourites to win this time around.

Jose Mourinho’s side are no bigger than the 2/5 with Sky Bet ‘to lift the trophy’, while Claude Puel’s men are available at a stand-out price of 9/4 at Paddy Power to do so.

As for the 90 minute betting, United are best price 4/5 at Bet365 and Betfred, while Southampton can be backed at 17/4 with Bet365 and the draw at 23/10 with Unibet.

The Saints beat Liverpool 1-0 home and away in their semi-final, and previously beat Arsenal at the Emirates, plus Sunderland and Palace – all without conceding a goal.

United’s route was slightly easier – beating Northampton and then Manchester City and West Ham at home, before overcoming Hull 3-2 on aggregate in their semi-final.

Recent form shows that Southampton have a decent record against United – they have won two and drawn two of their last 7 meetings, twice winning at Old Trafford.

Another major positive for the Saints is that they will not have played a match for 15 days before kick-off, while United have played three matches in that period.

Thus, we suggest backing Southampton on the Asian Handicap with 0.5 goal start at best price 15/13 with BetVictor, plus at that 9/4 with Paddy Power to lift the trophy.

Manolo Gabbiadini has scored in both starts for his new club and their £14 million January signing can be backed each-way at 9/1 with Bet365 to score the first goal.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored 10 goals in United’s last 13 league games and he also looks worth backing each-way to score first at best odds of 7/2 with Sky Bet.

Both League Cup and FA Cup final’s last season were 0-0 at half-time and we expect another tight affair here – you can back the 0-0 half-time score at 13/8 with Bet365.

On the same basis, we suggest backing the time of the first goal to be after the 30th minute at even-money with Paddy Power, plus Under 2.5 Goals at 4/6 with Bet365.