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Carabao Cup 2020-21: Fixtures, teams, draw dates & all you need to know

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The 2020-21 edition of the Carabao Cup began in August, with Championship, League One and League Two sides entering the competition.

Premier League sides joined in the second round and third round, with the latter stages of the competition taking place in early 2021.

Goal has your complete guide, including participating teams, full draw information, fixture schedules and results.

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  1. Carabao Cup format
  2. Carabao Cup final
  3. Carabao Cup semi-finals
  4. Carabao Cup quarter-finals
  5. Carabao Cup fourth round
  6. Carabao Cup third round
  7. Carabao Cup second round
  8. Carabao Cup first round
  9. Carabao Cup on TV
  10. Carabao Cup rules
  11. Away goals
  12. Why is the League Cup called the Carabao Cup?
  13. Past winners

Carabao Cup 2020-21 format

All 92 clubs competing in the Premier League and the English Football League entered the 2020-21 Carabao Cup, with participation distributed across the divisions.

The competition was played over seven rounds, with single-leg ties throughout. The previous two-legged tie for the semi-final was scrapped in favour of one.

In round one, the draw was split into northern and southern clubs with 22 Championship sides and all League One and League Two clubs entering.

Carabao Cup 2020-21 final

Manchester City were the winners of the 2021 Carabao Cup final, defeating Tottenham 1-0 at Wembley. 

It was their fourth time in a row winning the tournament and their eighth time lifting the trophy overall.

The Carabao Cup 2020-21 final was played at Wembley Stadium on Sunday April 25, 2021. It kicked off at 4pm GMT (11am ET)

It had originally been scheduled for February 28, 2021, but the EFL made the decision to rearrange the date in order to increase the chances of supporters being able to attend - which they did.

Apr 25Tottenham 0-1 Manchester City

Carabao Cup 2020-21 semi-finals

The Carabao Cup 2020-21 semi-finals were played on January 4 and 5, 2021, with the ties contested over one leg rather than two to help with fixture congestion.

Tottenham booked their place in the final after seeing off Championship side Brentford with a 2-0 win in north London.

They were joined in the final by defending champions Manchester City, who overcame Manchester United at Old Trafford in a huge derby encounter.

Jan 5Tottenham 2-0 Brentford
Jan 6Manchester United 0-2 Manchester City

Carabao Cup 2020-21 quarter-finals

The quarter-final ties were played the week starting December 21.

Manchester City compounded Mikel Arteta's woes by inflicting a 4-1 defeat on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, closing off a potential avenue for redemption for the Gunners boss.

They were to be joined in the final four by local rivals Manchester United, who scored two late goals to see of Everton.

Championship promotion contenders Brentford sprung a surprise by beating Newcastle United.

Tottenham also faced Championship opposition in the form of Stoke City, beating them 3-1 at the bet365 Stadium.

Dec 22Brentford 1-0 Newcastle United
Dec 22Arsenal 1-4 Manchester City
Dec 23Stoke City 1-3 Tottenham
Dec 23Everton 0-2 Manchester United

Carabao Cup 2020-21 fourth round

The fourth round ties were played the week commencing September 28.

Tottenham advanced to the quarter-finals over Chelsea through penalty shootout, while Liverpool were outdone by Arsenal in the same manner.

Man Utd beat Brighton 3-0 to progress, while Man City registered victory against Burnley by the same scoreline.

Sep 29Tottenham 1-1 Chelsea (5-4 pens.)
Sep 30Newport County 1-1 Newcastle United  (4-5 pens.)
Sep 30Burnley 0-3 Manchester City
Sep 30Everton  4-1 West Ham
Sep 30Brighton 0-3 Manchester United
Oct 1Brentford 3-0 Fulham
Oct 1Aston Villa 0-1 Stoke City
Oct 1Liverpool 0-0 Arsenal (4-5 pens.)

Carabao Cup 2020-21 third round

The likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur were automatically registered for the third round due to their participation in European competitions.

Leyton Orient's match against Tottenham was called off due to the home side announcing positive Covid-19 cases , with Spurs handed a bye for the fourth round.

The draw was conducted on September 6, and was played the week commencing September 21.

Sep 22Leyon Orient A-A Tottenham  (Spurs handed bye)
Sep 22Newport County 3-1 Watford
Sep 22West Brom 2-2 Brentford (4-5 pens.)
Sep 22West Ham 5-1 Hull City
Sep 22Luton Town 0-3 Man Utd
Sep 23Preston North End 0-2 Brighton
Sep 23Chelsea 6-0 Barnlsey
Sep 23Fleetwood Town 2-5 Everton
Sep 23Fulham 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday
Sep 23Leicester City 0-2 Arsenal
Sep 23Millwall 0-2 Burnley
Sep 23Morecambe 0-7 Newcastle United
Sep 23Stoke City 1-0 Gillingham
Sep 24Bristol City 0-3 Aston Villa
Sep 24Lincoln City 2-7 Liverpool
Sep 24Manchester City 2-1 Bournemouth

Carabao Cup 2020-21 second round

Fifty teams were involved in round two of the Carabao Cup, including Premier League clubs that are not participating in European competition.

Like previous years, the draw was again split into 'northern' and 'southern' sections. The draw for the second round was made on September 6.

Sep 15Bournemouth 0-0 Crystal Palace (pens. 11-10)
Sep 15Bradford City 0-5 Lincoln City
Sep 15Burton Albion 1-3 Aston Villa
Sep 15Derby County 1-2 Preston North End
Sep 15Fleetwood Town 2-1 Port Vale
Sep 15Gillingham 1-1 Coventry City (5-4 pens.)
Sep 15Leyton Orient 3-2 Plymouth Argyle
Sep 15Middlesbrough 0-2 Barnsley
Sep 15Millwall 3-1 Cheltenham Town
Sep 15Morecambe 1-0 Oldham Athletic
Sep 15Newcastle United 1-0 Blackburn Rovers
Sep 15Newport County 1-0 Cambridge United
Sep 15Oxford United 1-1 Watford (0-3 pens.)
Sep 15Reading 0-1 Luton Town
Sep 15Rochdale 0-2 Sheffield Wednesday
Sep 15West Ham United 3-0 Charlton Athletic
Sep 16Bristol City 4-0 Northampton Town
Sep 16Everton 3-0 Salford City
Sep 16Ipswich Town 0-1 Fulham
Sep 16Leeds United 1-1  Hull City  (8-9 pens.)
Sep 16Southampton 0-2 Brentford
Sep 16West Brom 3-0 Harrogate Town
Sep 17Brighton 4-0 Portsmouth
Sep 17Burnley 1-1 Sheffield United (5-4 pens.)
Sep 17Wolves 0-1 Stoke

Carabao Cup 2020-21 first round

Seventy clubs participated in the first round, with 24 teams from League Two (tier four), 24 from League One (tier three), and 22 from the Championship (tier two).

The draw was divided between 'northern' and 'southern' sections. Teams were drawn against a team from the same section.

Aug 29Preston North End 4-0 Mansfield Town
Aug 29Blackburn Rovers 3-2 Doncaster Rovers
Aug 29Stoke City 0-0 Blackpool (5-4 pens.)
Aug 29Stevenage 3-3 Portsmouth (1-3 pens.)
Sep 4Burton Albion 1-1 Accrington Stanley (4-2 pens.)
Sep 4Middlesbrough 4-3 Shrewsbury Town
Sep 5Derby County 0-0 Barrow (3-2 pens.)
Sep 5Plymouth Argyle 3-2 Queens Park Rangers
Sep 5Crawley Town 1-3 Millwall
Sep 5Gillingham 1-0 Southend United
Sep 5Bristol City 2-0 Exeter City
Sep 5Walsall 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday (2-4 pens.)
Sep 5Tranmere Rovers 1-1 Harrogate Town (7-8 pens.)
Sep 5Crewe Alexandra 1-2 Lincoln City
Sep 5Huddersfield Town 0-1 Rochdale
Sep 5Bolton Wanderers 1-2 Bradford City
Sep 5Fleetwood Town 3-2 Wigan Athletic
Sep 5Grimsby Town 1-1 Morecambe (3-4 pens.)
Sep 5Scunthorpe United 1-2 Port Vale
Sep 5Sunderland 0-0 Hull City (4-5 pens.)
Sep 5Salford City 1-1 Rotherham United (4-2 pens.)
Sep 5Barnsley 1-0 Nottingham Forest
Sep 5Oldham Athletic 3-0 Carlisle United
Sep 5Swindon Town 1-3 Charlton Athletic
Sep 5Forest Green Rovers 1-2 Leyton Orient
Sep 5Milton Keynes Dons 0-1 Coventry City
Sep 5Peterborough United 0-1 Cheltenham Town
Sep 5Northampton Town 3-0 Cardiff City
Sep 5Luton Town 3-1 Norwich City
Sep 5Birmingham City 0-1 Cambridge United
Sep 5Newport County 2-0 Swansea City
Sep 5Oxford United 1-1 Wimbledon (4-3 pens.)
Sep 5Reading 3-1 Colchester United
Sep 5Ipswich Town 3-0 Bristol Rovers
Sep 6Brentford 1-1 Wycombe Wanderers (4-2 pens.)

Carabao Cup 2020-21 on TV

In the United Kingdom, the Carabao Cup will be broadcast and live-streamed on Sky Sports.

In the United States, the competition will be shown on ESPN channels.

Carabao Cup 2020-21 rules

As was the case in 2019-20,   extra-time will be abandoned for all rounds except for the final, with ties advancing straight to penalties in the event that the score is a draw at the end of regular time .

This was introduced in order to limit issues of "additional fatigue", as Carabao Cup fixtures typically take place in the middle of the week.

The ABBA penalty system trial was also eliminated, with the format for penalty shoot-outs now reverting to the standard ABAB penalty-taker order.

Seeding has also been removed from the first two rounds.

Video assistant refereeing (VAR) will continue to be in use in fixtures played at Premier League grounds.

Additionally, this will mark the first instance in which the winner will also qualify for the play-offs of the brand-new Europa Conference League, instead of the second qualifying round of the Europa League.

All ties will be played as single legs.

Will away goals count in the Carabao Cup semi-finals?

If both teams are level after the end of full-time during the second leg of either of the semi-final ties, the game will go directly to a penalty shoot-out with a  no away goals rule implemented - a rule which began in 2018-19.

Previously, the away-goal rule was used in the semi-final stage in the same manner as it is in the Champions League knockout rounds. If, for instance, the away team scored a goal in the first leg that ended in a 1-1 draw, with the second leg ending 0-0, then that team would have progressed to the final courtesy of the away-goals rule.

Now, no such rule will be considered and second-leg stalemates will be decided ultimately by a penalty shoot-out.

Why is the League Cup called the Carabao Cup?

Until 2016, the tournament was named the English Football League Cup (EFL Cup) instead of the League Cup, following the rebranding of the Football League to the English Football League.

Officially, the EFL Cup is known as the Carabao Cup due to the energy drink being the tournament's official sponsors.

Prior to Carabao's sponsorship of the tournament starting from 2017, the competition was called the EFL Cup (2016-17), the Capital One Cup (2012-13 to 2015-16), the Carling Cup (sponsored by Molson Coors from 2003-04 to 2011-12), the Worthington Cup (sponsored by Worthington's from 1998-99 to 2002-03), and the Coca-Cola Cup (from 1992-93 to 1997-98).

Carabao & League Cup past winners

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Liverpool have won the Carabao Cup the most times, winning their eighth in 2012 when they defeated Cardiff City on penalties.

Behind them are Man City, who lifted their seventh Carabao Cup in 2020 when they beat Aston Villa through penalty shootout. Manchester United, Aston Villa and Chelsea have all won the Carabao Cup five times each.

Tottenham and Nottingham Forest have both won the competition four times apiece.

Only lists teams who have won the competition the most times.