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The League Cup has been an ever-present on the football calendar since 1960-61 and is widely regarded as the second most prestigious cup competition in English football, behind only the FA Cup. Having been known as the Capital One Cup for sponsorship purposes since 2013, the League Cup has now been re-branded as the EFL Cup from 2016 onwards.

Though the competition has attracted criticism for allegedly being an unwelcome distraction to top Premier League clubs' domestic and European duties, it is perhaps best known for its unpredictability and tendency to produce a number of upsets.

The likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool have all been dumped out of the competition in recent years, and in 2013 Bradford City – of the basement division – beat three top-flight sides on their way to a stunning cup final clash with Swansea City at Wembley Stadium. Could more upsets be on the cards in 2017/18?

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EFL CUP HISTORY

The EFL Cup may sit in the shadow of the FA Cup, but English football's secondary cup competition continues to offer clubs a great chance at silverware and no team has taken it more times than Liverpool who have lifted this trophy on no less than eight occasions.

Manchester United closed the gap in 2016/17 as Jose Mourinho led the Red Devils to a fifth final success in his first season in charge, and they now rank second all time alongside Aston Villa and Chelsea, one ahead of Tottenham Hotspur, Nottingham Forest and Manchester City.

And while the big guns have dominated this competition over the past few years, there have been some surprise finalists in the past decade with the biggest of them being Bradford City, who stunned THREE Premier League clubs en route to the 2013 final where the League Two club were finally beaten by Swansea City.

EFL CUP WINNERS

NUMBERTEAM
8Liverpool
5Manchester United
5Aston Villa
5Chelsea
4Tottenham Hotspur
4Nottingham Forest
4Manchester City
3Leicester City
2Arsenal
2Norwich City
2Birmingham City
2Wolverhampton Wanderers
1West Bromwich Albion
1Middlesbrough
1Queens Park Rangers
1Leeds United
1Stoke City
1Luton Town
1Sheffield Wednesday
1Swindon Town
1Oxford United
1Blackburn Rovers
1Swansea City

EFL CUP RECORDS

MOST EFL CUP FINAL APPEARANCES: Liverpool - 12

MOST EFL CUP FINAL DEFEATS: Arsenal - 5 (1968, 1969, 1988, 2007, 2011)

MOST GOALS IN AN EFL CUP FINAL: 5 - Queens Park Rangers 3–2 West Bromwich Albion (1967), Aston Villa 3–2 Everton (1977, Replay), Nottingham Forest 3–2 Southampton (1979), Luton Town 3–2 Arsenal (1988), Chelsea 3–2 Liverpool (2005), Swansea City 5–0 Bradford City (2013), Manchester United 3–2 Southampton (2017)

BIGGEST EFL CUP FINAL WIN: Swansea City 5-0 Bradford City (2013)

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