Will Liverpool and United meet in final?


There are four teams left in the EFL Cup this season and the majority of neutrals will want to see Manchester United clash with Liverpool in the final.

The two arch-rivals avoided each other when the semi-final draw was made, with Liverpool being paired with Southampton, while Manchester United have to overcome Hull City to reach the final.

Naturally, both of the bigger clubs are strong favourites to win their two-legged ties and claim their spot at Wembley, with the Red Devils first up when they entertain Hull at Old Trafford.

United are a 1.20 (1/5) chance with bet365 to beat the Tigers over two games, with Jose Mourinho’s side enjoying an excellent winning run which was extended on Saturday with a facile 4-0 FA Cup victory over Reading.

It might be a pipe dream, but the Red Devils could feasibly still land a quadruple this season, with United just about in the Premier League title race and they also have their resuming Europa League campaign next month.

Hull are 8.00 (7/1) with Sky Bet to claim their spot in the EFL Cup final, with the Tigers effectively having nothing to lose from having a crack at their illustrious opponents and they also have a Portuguese manager now at the helm.

Marco Silva is a newcomer to England having previously managed in his native country although this represents a chance for him to steer the club to a cup final and they will want to keep things tight at Old Trafford in the first leg to stay in the tie.

Meanwhile, Liverpool are no bigger than 1.36 (4/11) with William Hill to reach the EFL Cup final against a Southampton side that have gone off the boil recently, although they still found a way to win when beat Norwich City in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Claude Puel’s side would love to head to Anfield for the second leg with some kind of advantage and they are 3.00 (2/1) with Ladbrokes to win the first leg encounter. The great news is that they won’t have to face Sadio Mane who previously played for Southampton but is currently on African Cup of Nations duty.

Liverpool strangely drew a blank against Plymouth on Sunday afternoon after Jurgen Klopp decided to field a reserve team, although they are 2.40 (7/5) favourites with Stan James to win the first leg clash.

Southampton are 3.25 (9/4) with BetVictor to claim a place in the Wembley final and it might end up being closer than the odds suggest, with all the pressure on a Mane-less Liverpool.

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