Carabao Cup: Draw, fixtures, results & guide to each round

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Goal brings you all you need to know about the competition, which saw Manchester City come from behind to defeat Bristol City in their first-leg

The Carabao Cup is currently at the semi-final stage, leaving just four teams still in the running for the trophy.

The competition sees a total of 92 clubs take part as they aim to navigate their way to the final at Wembley, which is scheduled to take place on Sunday, February 25 in 2018.

Reigning champions Manchester United's hopes of a sixth title were dashed in shock fashion by Bristol City, while eight-time winners Liverpool were eliminated in the third round.

With just the semi-finals now underway,  Goal brings you all you need to know about the 2017-18 Carabao Cup.


WHAT IS THE CARABAO CUP?


The Carabao Cup is the new name given to the EFL Cup or the English League Cup due to a sponsorship deal with Carabao, a Thai energy drink.

The competition was founded in 1960 and is open to all 92 clubs competing in the four fully professional tiers of English football (the Premier League, Championship, League One and League Two).

Previous sponsorships have seen the League Cup go through many monikers, including the Milk Cup, Coca-Cola Cup, Carling Cup and Capital One Cup, among others.


SEMI-FINALS


Date Match Venue
Jan 9 Manchester City 2-1 Bristol City Etihad Stadium
Jan 10 Chelsea 0-0 Arsenal Stamford Bridge
Jan 23 Bristol City Manchester City Ashton Gate
Jan 24 Arsenal vs Chelsea Emirates Stadium

The draw for the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup took place on Wednesday, December 20 , following the conclusion of the fifth-round games.

Unlike the earlier rounds, the semis will be held over two legs, with Chelsea and Manchester City drawn to play the opener at home in their respective ties.


FIFTH ROUND


Date Match Venue
Dec 19 Arsenal 1-0 West Ham Emirates Stadium
Dec 19 Leicester City 1-1 (3-4P) Manchester City King Power Stadium
Dec 20 Chelsea 2-1 Bournemouth Stamford Bridge
Dec 20 Bristol City 2-1 Manchester United Ashton Gate

The draw for the fifth round of the Carabao Cup took place on Thursday, October 26 , following the conclusion of the fourth-round games.

Once again the draw received plenty of attention for all the wrong reasons, with the live ceremony cancelled and all four ties announced at once over an hour later than expected due to technical problems.

It had been scheduled to be streamed live on Twitter from the social network's London headquarters, with Sam Matterface hosting alongside former England cricket player Phil Tufnell and ex-England rugby star Matt Dawson.

Arsenal booked their place in the semi-final with a narrow 1-0 win over West Ham, while Manchester City played out a dramatic game on Sky Sports, beating Leicester City on penalties.

Manchester United suffered a huge upset at the hands of hosts Bristol City - the only non-Premier League club left - while Chelsea squeezed past Bournemouth.


FOURTH ROUND


Date Match Venue
Oct 24 Arsenal 2-1 Norwich City (AET) Emirates Stadium
Oct 24 Bournemouth 3-1 Middlesbrough Dean Court
Oct 24 Bristol City 4-1 Crystal Palace Ashton Gate
Oct 24 Leicester City 3-1 Leeds United King Power Stadium
Oct 24 Manchester City 0-0 (6-5p) Wolves Etihad Stadium
Oct 24 Swansea City 0-2 Manchester United Liberty Stadium
Oct 25 Chelsea 2-1 Everton Stamford Bridge
Oct 25 Tottenham 2-3 West Ham Wembley

The fourth-round draw took place immediately after the third round ended .

Eleven of the participants in the last 16 were Premier League clubs, with the remainder coming from the Championship.

This round saw West Ham triumph over Tottenham at Wembley thanks to a dramatic comeback, while holders Manchester United defeated Swansea City. Chelsea, who made light work of Sunderland in the last round, inflicted further woe on managerless Everton.

There was some controversy regarding substitution rules in the games involving Arsenal and Manchester City, with questions asked over the wording of the provision that allows teams to make a fourth change in extra time.


THIRD ROUND


Date Match Venue
Sep 19 Aston Villa 0-2 Middlesbrough Villa Park
Sep 19 Bournemouth 1-0 Brighton (AET) Dean Court
Sep 19 Brentford 1-3 Norwich City Griffin Park
Sep 19 Bristol City 2-0 Stoke City Ashton Gate
Sep 19 Burnley 2-2 (3-5 P) Leeds United Turf Moor
Sep 19 Crystal Palace 1-0 Huddersfield Town Selhurst Park
Sep 19 Leicester City 2-0 Liverpool King Power Stadium
Sep 19 Reading 0-2 Swansea City Madejski Stadium
Sep 19 Tottenham 1-0 Barnsley Wembley Stadium
Sep 19 West Ham 3-0 Bolton Wanderers Olympic Stadium
Sep 19 Wolves 1-0 Bristol Rovers (AET) Molineux
Sep 20 Arsenal 1-0 Doncaster Rovers Emirates Stadium
Sep 20 Chelsea 5-1 Nottingham Forest Stamford Bridge
Sep 20 Everton 3-0 Sunderland Goodison Park
Sep 20 Manchester United 4-0 Burton Albion Old Trafford
Sep 20 West Brom 1-2 Manchester City The Hawthorns

The draw for the third round of the competition took place on August 24 . Bizarrely, the draw was held in Beijing, China at 11:15 local time, which means that fans in the UK were forced to get up at 04:15 BST if they wished to follow it live.

The remaining seven Premier League clubs, including the cup holders Manchester United, entered the competition at this stage, joining the 25 winners from the second round.

Why was the draw in China?

The English Football League have stated that while they understand not everyone will agree with the timing and manner of the third-round draw, it was staged in Beijing with the goal of maximising exposure in the UK as well as the Chinese and south-east Asian markets.

A statement issued on the EFL's website explains that showcasing the competition in those particular markets is "not only an important factor for the EFL but also [their] new sponsors Carabao, who, like [them], plan to use the growing global appeal of the competition to reach new audiences".

The statement added: "Once the logistics have been completed in Beijing, the UK will be waking up and the breakfast media will be able to report and get reaction on the 16 ties that will take place next month, which we feel is an interesting move away from the usual post-game evening draws."


SECOND ROUND


Date Match Venue
Aug 22 Accrington Stanley 1-3 West Brom Crown Ground
Aug 22 Aston Villa 4-1 Wigan Athletic Villa Park
Aug 22 Birmingham City 1-2 Bournemouth St Andrew's
Aug 22 Brighton 1-0 Barnet Falmer Stadium
Aug 22 Bolton Wanderers 3-2 Sheffield Wednesday Macron Stadium
Aug 22 Cardiff City 1-2 Burton Albion Cardiff City Stadium
Aug 22 Carlisle United 1-2 Sunderland Brunton Park
Aug 22 Crystal Palace 2-1 Ipswich Town Selhurst Park
Aug 22 Doncaster Rovers 2-0 Hull City Keepmoat Stadium
Aug 22 Fulham 0-1 Bristol Rovers Craven Cottage
Aug 22 Leeds United 5-1 Newport County Elland Road
Aug 22 Middlesbrough 3-0 Scunthorpe United Riverside Stadium
Aug 22 MK Dons 1-4 Swansea City Stadium MK
Aug 22 Norwich City 4-1 Charlton Athletic Carrow Road
Aug 22 Queens Park Rangers 1-4 Brentford Loftus Road
Aug 22 Reading 3-1 Millwall (AET) Madejski Stadium
Aug 22 Sheffield United 1-4 Leicester City Bramall Lane
Aug 22 Watford 2-3 Bristol City Vicarage Road
Aug 23 Blackburn Rovers 0-2 Burnley Ewood Park
Aug 23 Cheltenham Town 0-2 West Ham Whaddon Road
Aug 23 Huddersfield Town 2-1 Rotherham United Kirklees Stadium
Aug 23 Newcastle United 2-3 Nottingham Forest (AET) St James' Park
Aug 23 Southampton 0-2 Wolves St Mary's Stadium
Aug 23 Stoke City 4-0 Rochdale bet365 Stadium
Sep 12 Barnsley 3-2 Derby County Oakwell Stadium

Thirteen Premier League clubs and two Championship teams entered the competition at the second-round stage, joining the 35 winners from the first round.

The Premier League clubs playing in European competitions get a bye through to the third round.

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Bristol City managed to knock out Premier League side Watford, while Newcastle United were beaten by Nottingham Forest and Wolves saw off Southampton away from home.


FIRST ROUND


Date Match Venue
Aug 8 Accrington Stanley 3-2 Preson North End Crown Ground
Aug 8 AFC Wimbledon 1-3 Brentford (AET) Kingsmeadow
Aug 8 Barnsley 4-3 Morecambe Oakwell Stadium
Aug 8 Birmingham City 5-1 Crawley Town St Andrew's
Aug 8 Bradford City 2-3 Doncaster Rovers Valley Parade
Aug 8 Bristol City 5-0 Plymouth Argyle Ashton Gate
Aug 8 Bristol Rovers 4-1 Cambridge Unite Memorial Stadium
Aug 8 Cardiff City 2-1 Portsmouth (AET) Cardiff City Stadium
Aug 8 Coventry City 1-3 Blackburn Rovers Ricoh Arena
Aug 8 Exeter City 1-2 Charlton Athletic St James Park
Aug 8 Fleetwood Town 1-2 Carlisle United (AET) Highbury Stadium
Aug 8 Forest Green 0-1 MK Dons (AET) The New Lawn
Aug 8 Luton Town 0-2 Ipswich Town Kenilworth Road
Aug 8 Mansfield Town 0-1 Rochdale Field Mill
Aug 8 Millwall 2-0 Stevenage The Den
Aug 8 Norwich City 3-2 Swindon Town Carrow Road
Aug 8 Nottingham Forest 2-1 Shrewsbury Town City Ground
Aug 8 Oxford United 3-4 Cheltenham Town Kassam Stadium
Aug 8 Peterborough United 1-3 Barnet London Road Stadium
Aug 8 Queens Park Rangers 1-0 Northampton Town Loftus Road
Aug 8 Rotherham United 2-1 Lincoln City New York Stadium
Aug 8 Scunthorpe United 3-3 (6-5p) Notts County St James' Park
Aug 8 Sheffield Wednesday 4-1 Chesterfield Hillsborough Stadium
Aug 8 Southend United 0-2 Newport County Roots Hall
Aug 8 Wigan Athletic 2-1 Blackpool DW Stadium
Aug 8 Wolves 1-0 Yeovil Town Molineux Stadium
Aug 8 Wycombe Wanderers 0-2 Fulham Adams Park
Aug 8 Reading 2-0 Gillingham Madejski Stadium
Aug 9 Colchester United 1-2 Aston Villa Colchester Community Stadium
Aug 9 Crewe Alexandra 1-2 Bolton Wanderers Gresty Road
Aug 9 Leeds United 4-1 Port Vale Elland Road
Aug 9 Oldham Athletic 2-3 Burton Albion Boundary Park
Aug 9 Sheffield United 3-2 Walsall Bramall Lane
Aug 10 Bury 0-1 Sunderland Gigg Lane
Aug 22 Grimsby Town 0-1 Derby County Blundell Park

A total of 70 teams compete in the first round of the competition. Twenty-four teams are drawn from League One and League Two, with 22 Championship teams taking part.

All games were played on August 8 and 9 with the exception of Bury vs Sunderland, which took place on August 10, and Grimsby Town vs Derby County, which took place on August 22.

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