Sunderland 5/1 for League Cup

  • Last Updated: January 23 2014, 8:53 GMT

Sunderland are 5/1 to win the Capital One Cup after they beat Manchester United on penalties to reach the final.

Sunderland celebrate after their penalty shooutout win
Sunderland celebrate after their penalty shooutout win

There they'll face Manchester City, who breezed to a 9-0 aggregate win over West Ham to keep hopes of a quadruple alive. They're strong favourites at a general 1/6 to lift the trophy with BetVictor offering 5/1 about an upset.

bwin already have 90-minute betting up and make Sunderland 7/ shots to win the game, with City at 3/10.

Sunderland's path to the final was far less straightforward than that of City. Leading 2-1 after their semi-final first-leg against Manchester United, Gus Poyet's side were 1-0 down midway through the first half of the second-leg through a Jonny Evans header.

However, they battled back superbly well to take the game to extra-time, where they took the lead in the tie with a late goal from Phil Bardsley which owed much to David De Gea's mistake.

At this stage, Sunderland were 1/25 to make the final but United weren't done. Javier Hernandez fired home from close range with less than two minutes remaining to send the tie to penalties, at which point United were considered marginal favourites to progress.

They then went shorter still as Craig Gardner missed the first penalty for Sunderland, but Danny Welbeck followed suit and only Darren Fletcher was able to find the target for United. Ki Sung-Yueng stepped up to take Sunderland's fifth penalty and when he found the net, United were out.

It was yet another blow to new United manager David Moyes, who was cut to a a best of 12/1 (Ladbrokes) to be the next Premier League manager to lose his job as a consequence.

With United set to spend up to £40million on Juan Mata this week - he is set to have a medical at Old Trafford on Thursday - is is no surprise to see Moyes well down that list, one headed by West Ham boss Sam Allardyce at 2/1.

United's poor Premier League form means they are struggling to finish in the top four - that's now a 14/5 chance with Spreadex.

Their only real chance of landing silverware this season now appears to be the Champions League, which they're 18/1 to win with BetVictor.

Conversely, the same firm now make City just 1/25 to win a trophy this season and 50/1 for the Quadruple, something that could be backed at 80s at the start of the week.

It's now just 7/1 (Paddy Power) that City win the domestic Treble.

  • Posted at 2305 GMT on 22/01/2014; updated at 0850 GMT on 23/01/2014.