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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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."
|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.
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.
|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.