There are just two teams left standing in the Carabao Cup this season, and they will compete for the first piece of domestic silverware this term at Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
EFL Cup Final Preview
It has been a long week for both teams involved in the final this weekend, as both Spurs and City were involved in the controversial European Super League plans. Both clubs withdrew from the competition after backlash from fans, but that hasn’t stopped other fans still feeling animosity against these two sides. However, they will be putting that to the back of their minds when they meet at the home of football this weekend.
City’s quest to win an unprecedented quadruple came to an end last weekend, as they were beaten by Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-finals. However, this could be a huge seven days for Guardiola’s side. They beat Aston Villa in midweek, which means that they need just three more wins to wrap up the league title this season. Following this game they head back into Champions League action, as they take on PSG. Lifting a first trophy of the season will be the confidence boost they need ahead of the final weeks of the campaign.
Tottenham have had a busy week, as they parted company with Jose Mourinho. Former midfielder Ryan Mason was opted as the man to take over, and he became the youngest manager in Premier League history as he oversaw their 2-1 success against Southampton last week. Tasks don’t get much tougher than this one, as City are undoubtedly the kings of this competition.
EFL Cup Route To The Final
City will be gunning for a fourth straight EFL Cup this weekend. Their most recent success came last season, as they beat Aston Villa 2-1 in the final. They have breezed through to the final once again this season. City saw off Bournemouth and Burnley in the opening two rounds of the competition. They were then handsome 4-1 winners at the Emirates against Arsenal. City came up against city rivals, Manchester United in the previous round, but emerged 2-0 winners at Old Trafford.
Tottenham’s last domestic success came in this competition, as they won the League Cup in the 2007-08 season. They have had their fair share of luck to reach this stage of the competition this term. They were given a bye in the third round against Leyton Orient, before needing a penalty shootout to see off Chelsea in the following round. Spurs beat Stoke City in the quarterfinals, before edging to a 2-0 success against Brentford in the semi-finals.
Manchester City vs Tottenham Hotspur Recent Meetings
Tottenham have a decent recent record against City. They have won two of the previous three, and have lost just once in their last five. The defeat that they suffered came in the last meeting between the teams, as City ran out comfortable 3-0 winners at the Etihad in February.
EFL Cup Final Prediction
Spurs are the massive 5.21 outsiders with BetXChange to win the EFL Cup this weekend. It’s hard to make a case for Spurs, especially given that they will be without Harry Kane for the final. City have been dominant in the Carabao Cup over the last couple of seasons, and we expect that dominance to continue with an emphatic victory.