Premier League and EFL Cup final: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Managerless Leicester look to prolong Liverpool hoodoo, scoring first could prove a burden again at Wembley and Palace must shrug off home discomforts

As our man Daniel Taylor recalled a few weeks ago, Southampton’s last appearance in a League Cup final led to a painful lesson in hubris for Alan Ball. Ball taunted John McGovern when David Peach put Saints ahead against Nottingham Forest in 1979 – “this is Wembley, son, try to enjoy it while you’re here!” – only to get his words gleefully quoted back at him when Forest replied with three decisive goals. More so than its FA Cup counterpart, the League Cup final has been notable for quite a few turnaround victories, ever since Rotherham United let a 2-0 first-leg lead slip against Aston Villa in the very first decider back in 1961. Other famous comeback wins include QPR’s effort from two goals down against West Brom in 1967; Liverpool hauling themselves back at the death against Spurs in 1982; Arsenal breaking Sheffield Wednesday hearts (and their own collarbones) in 1993; and José Mourinho’s Chelsea shushing Liverpool in 2005. First blood in these fixtures doesn’t always count: in the last ten years, five of the finals have been won by the team conceding first. (Chelsea v Arsenal in 2007, Spurs v Chelsea in 2008, Manchester United v Aston Villa in 2010, Liverpool v Cardiff in 2012, Manchester City v Sunderland in 2014.) So our advice to Saints and United this weekend? Enjoy Wembley. But if you go one up early doors, for goodness sake keep your counsel. SM

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