Carabao Cup Final: Manchester United v Newcastle United Free Bets

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The very best Carabao Cup final odds and free bet offers from our betting partners at BoyleSports.

The first major piece of domestic silverware is up for grabs later this month as Manchester United take on Newcastle United in the Carabao Cup final. Ahead of the Wembley showpiece, here at betting.bet you'll find match insights, potential team news and expert betting tips. In addition to this we'll provide the very best Carabao Cup final odds and free bet offers from our betting partners at BoyleSports.

The League Cup was for a while deemed a second-rate competition. A competition the big sides used as an opportunity to play youngsters and fringe players. Subsequently, since the turn of the century, the competition has been won by the likes of Leicester City, Blackburn Rovers, Middlesbrough, Birmingham City and Swansea City.

However, the last nine editions of the competitions have been won by members of the Premier League's so-called ‘big six'. Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United have each one the competition once in the past decade whilst Manchester City have won six, including an unprecedented four in a row between 2018 and 2021.

Manchester United have won the EFL Cup on five previous occasions, lifting the trophy in 1992, 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2017. The Red Devils have also been losing finalists on four previous occasions, most recently in 2003.

Newcastle United have never won this competition and have only previously reached the final once, losing to 2-1 to Manchester City in 1976.

Road to Wembley

Manchester United kicked off their Carabao Cup campaign with a commanding 4-2 win at home to Aston Villa. The Red Devils then overcame lower league opposition when defeating Burnley (2-0) and Charlton Athletic (3-0) in the next two rounds. Erik ten Hag's side were dominant winners over two legs in their semi-final against Nottingham Forest, winning home and away to claim a 5-0 aggregate victory.

Newcastle United made a stuttering start to their Carabao Cup run. In round two Eddie Howe's side had to overturn a half-time deficit to edge past League Two outfit, Torquay United then in round three, they needed penalties to defeat Crystal Palace.

In the fourth round, Newcastle United defeated AFC Bournemouth 1-0 before winning 2-0 against Leicester City in the quarter-finals. Like Manchester United, Newcastle United won both home and away in the semi-final, defeating Southampton 3-1 on aggregate.

The last two matches between these sides ended all-square with the most recent match a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford in October.

Manchester United are unbeaten in six matches against Newcastle United (W4, D2). Their last defeat against The Magpies came at St James Park in October 2019.

The last time the sides met in the EFL Cup was a 2-1 third round win for Manchester United in September 2012. Their last cup final meeting was the 1999 FA Cup final, also finishing in Manchester United's favour.

Betting Tips

Newcastle United's long wait for silverware may have to continue for a while longer as we're tipping Manchester United to win a sixth EFL Cup later this month. The Red Devils are good value at 5/4 to win inside 90 minutes.

Last season's final was settled on penalties and if you expect the final to once again go all the way to a penalty shootout, you could be quids in! Either side is available at the same price of 9/1 to win the Carabao Cup final via a penalty shootout.

Manchester United have not conceded a goal in the Carabao Cup since round three and four of the last five winners of the competition have kept a clean sheet in the final. Manchester United to win to nil is excellent value at 14/5.

Marcus Rashford is arguably the most in-form player in England at the moment with 13 goals in Manchester United's last 15 matches in all competitions. Rashford is the top scorer in this season's Carabao Cup with five goals and will be well-supported in the goal scorer markets.

One man to keep an eye on in the buildup to the final on the 26th February is Manchester United's forgotten man, Jadon Sancho. The Red Devils big-money signing did not feature at all between November and January but has recently returned to the first team. Sancho got on the scoresheet for the first time since September during the week and if he can build on that, he could provide real value in both the first and any time goal scorer markets.

Match Odds

  • Manchester United: 5/4
  • Draw: 23/10
  • Newcastle United: 21/10

Carabao Cup final winners:

  • Manchester United: 4/6
  • Newcastle United: 23/20

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