Carabao Cup 2019-20: Fixtures, teams, draw dates & all you need to know

Goal brings you all you need to know about this year’s edition of the Carabao Cup, where holders Man City will be aiming for their seventh title

The 2019-20 Carabao Cup kicked off in August, with Championship, League One and League Two sides entering the competition.

Last season, Manchester City won their second consecutive Carabao Cup after defeating Chelsea on penalties at Wembley Stadium and will be keen to add a seventh title to their trophy cabinet.

The final is set to be played on March 1, 2020 at Wembley Stadium.

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

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

Carabao Cup 2019-20 format

All 92 clubs competing in the Premier League and the English Football League enter the 2019-20 Carabao Cup, with participation distributed across the divisions.

The competition will be played over seven rounds, with single-leg ties throughout, except in the semi-finals.

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.

DateRoundClubs entering in this roundClubs advancing from previous roundNo of games
Aug 2019First round (70 clubs)24 clubs from League Two
24 clubs from League One
22 clubs from Championship
Aug 2019Second round (50 clubs)2 clubs from Championship
13 Premier League clubs (not involved in European competition)
35 winners from first round25
Sept 2019Third round (32 clubs)7 Premier League clubs (involved in European competition)25 winners from second round16
Oct 2019Fourth round (16 clubs)No entries16 winners from third round8
Dec 2019Quarter-finals (8 clubs)No entries8 winners from fourth round4
Jan 2020Semi-finals (4 clubs)No entries4 winners from fifth round2
Mar 1Final (2 clubs)No entries2 winners from semi-finals1

Carabao Cup 2019-20 quarter final

Liverpool have been paired with Aston Villa in the last eight, while Manchester United will take on League Two side Colchester United.

Holders Manchester City have been drawn away to Oxford United and an all-Premier League tie between Everton and Leicester City completes the matches.

Fixtures will be played the week of December 17, 2019.

Dec 17Aston Villa 5-0 LiverpoolSky Sports Football
Dec 18Everton vs Leicester CityNo
Dec 18Oxford United vs Manchester CitySky Sports Football
Dec 18Manchester United vs Colchester UnitedNo

Carabao Cup 2019-20 fourth round

The fourth round of the Carabao Cup has delivered two heavyweight clashes: Chelsea against Manchester United and Liverpool against Arsenal. 

Elsewhere, there will be three other all-Premier League ties, including Manchester City taking on Southampton.

The ties will be played on the week commencing October 28, 2019.

Oct 29Everton 2-0 WatfordNo
Oct 29Manchester City 3-1 SouthamptonNo
Oct 29Burton Albion 1-3 Leicester City No
Oct 29Crawley Town 1-3 Colchester United No
Oct 29Oxford United 1-1 Sunderland (4-2 pens.)No
Oct 30Aston Villa 2-1 WolvesNo
Oct 30Chelsea 1-2 Manchester United Sky Sports Main Event
Oct 30Liverpool 5-5 Arsenal (5-4 pens.)Sky Sports Football

Carabao Cup 2019-20 third round

The final seven Premier League sides joined the Carabao Cup at the third-round stage, including the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and defending champions Manchester City.

Colchester United completed a shock giant-killing victory over Tottenham when the two met in the third round, with the League Two side defeating the north Londoners in a penalty shootout.

Arsenal registered an emphatic 5-0 win over Nottingham Forest, while Everton saw Sheffield Wednesday off 2-0.

Manchester United barely survived by defeating League One side Rochdale on penalties, while Oxford United stunned West Ham with a 4-0 win.

Sep 24Watford 2-1 Swansea City
Sep 24Colchester United 1-1 Tottenham (4-3 pens.)
Sep 24Portsmouth 0-4 Southampton
Sep 24Preston North End 0-3 Manchester City
Sep 24Luton Town 0-4 Leicester City
Sep 24Sheffield Wednesday 0-2 Everton
Sep 24Crawley Town 1-1 Stoke City (5-3 pens.)
Sep 24Arsenal 5-0 Nottingham Forest
Sep 25Wolves 1-1 Reading (4-2 pens)
Sep 25Oxford United 4-0 West Ham
Sep 25Brighton 1-3 Aston Villa
Sep 25Sheffield United 0-1 Sunderland
Sep 25Burton Albion 2-0 Bournemouth
Sep 25MK Dons 0-2 Liverpool
Sep 25Manchester United 1-1 Rochdale (5-3 pens)
Sep 25Chelsea 7-1 Grimsby Town

Carabao Cup 2019-20 second round

Thirteen Premier League clubs have now joined the Carabao Cup at the second-round stage, with an additional two clubs from the Championship to add to the first-round winners. The draw was again split into ‘northern’ and ‘southern’ sections.

Aug 27Nottingham Forest 3-0 Derby County
Aug 27Preston North End 2-2 Hull City (5-4 pens.)
Aug 27Fulham 0-1 Southampton
Aug 27Southend United 1-4 MK Dons
Aug 27Plymouth Argyle 2-4 Reading
Aug 27Bristol Rovers 1-2 Brighton
Aug 27Crewe Alexandra 1-6 Aston Villa
Aug 27Burton Albion 4-0 Morecambe
Aug 27Crystal Palace 0-0 Colchester United (4-5 pens.)
Aug 27Sheffield United 2-1 Blackburn Rovers
Aug 27Crawley Town 1-0 Norwich City
Aug 27Leeds United 2-2 Stoke City (4-5 pens.)
Aug 27Watford 3-0 Coventry City
Aug 27Rochdale 2-1 Carlisle United
Aug 27Newport County 0-2 West Ham
Aug 27Oxford United 2-2 Millwall (4-2 pens.)
Aug 27Cardiff City 0-3 Luton Town
Aug 28QPR 0-2  Portsmouth
Aug 28Lincoln City 2-4  Everton
Aug 28Swansea City 6-0 Cambridge United
Aug 28Bournemouth 0-0 Forest Green Rovers (3-0 pens.)
Aug 28Rotherham United 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday
Aug 28Burnley 1-3 Sunderland
Aug 28Newcastle United 1-1 Leicester City  (2-4 pens.)
Sep 10Grimsby Town 0-0 Macclesfield Town (5-4 pens.)

Carabao Cup 2019-20 first round

Seventy clubs will participate 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 for this round, which took place on June 20, was divided between ‘northern’ and ‘southern’ sections. Teams were drawn against a team from the same section.

Aug 6Portsmouth 3-0 Birmingham City
Aug 13Colchester United 3-0 Swindon
Aug 13AFC Wimbledon 2-2 (2-4 pens) MK Dons
Aug 13Oxford United 1-0 Peterborough United
Aug 13QPR 3-3 (5-4 pens) Bristol City
Aug 13Plymouth Argyle 2-0 Leyton Orient
Aug 13Wycombe Wanderers 1-1 (2-4 pens) Reading
Aug 13Charlton Athletic 0-0 (3-5 pens) Forest Green Rovers
Aug 13Gillingham 2-2 (1-4 pens) Newport County
Aug 13Stevenage 1-2 Southend United
Aug 13Luton Town 3-1 Ipswich Town
Aug 13Walsall 2-3 Crawley Town
Aug 13Bristol Rovers 3-0 Cheltenham Town
Aug 13Brentford 1-1 (4-5 pens) Cambridge United
Aug 13Coventry City 4-1 Exeter City
Aug 13Swansea City 3-1 Northampton Town
Aug 13West Brom 1-2 Millwall
Aug 13Tranmere Rovers 0-3 Hull City
Aug 13Grimsby Town 1-0 Doncaster Rovers
Aug 13Wigan Athletic 0-1 Stoke City
Aug 13Port Vale 1-2 Burton Albion
Aug 13Nottingham Forest 1-0 Fleetwood Town
Aug 13Bradford City 0-4 Preston North End
Aug 13Blackpool 2-2 (2-4 pens) Macclesfield Town
Aug 13Blackburn Rovers 3-2 Oldham Athletic
Aug 13Mansfield Town 2-2 (5-6 pens) Morecambe
Aug 13Accrington Stanley 1-3 Sunderland
Aug 13Scunthorpe United 0-1 Derby County
Aug 13Rochdale 5-2 Bolton Wanderers
Aug 13Huddersfield Town 0-1 Lincoln City
Aug 13Middlesbrough 2-2 (2-4 pens) Crewe Alexandra
Aug 13Shrewsbury Town 0-4 Rotherham United
TBDSheffield Wednesday A-A Bury (Sheffield Wednesday win via walkover)
Aug 13Salford City 0-3 Leeds United
Aug 13Barnsley 0-3 Carlisle United

Carabao Cup 2019-20 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 2019-20 rules

The English Football League (EFL) clubs voted to implement a number of changes to this year’s Carabao Cup at the annual EFL Summer Conference in Portugal, held in June 2018. Extra-time will be abandoned for all rounds except for the final, with ties advancing straight to penalty shoot-outs in the event that the scoreline 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, with Premier League matches occurring at the weekend a few days before and after.

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.

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

Following on from the abolition of extra-time, 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  no away goals rule implemented – a rule which started from last season.

In previous editions of the competition, 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, though, no such rule will be considered and second-leg stalemates will be decided ultimately by a penalty shoot-out.

As regulation 14.5 of the tournament explains: “In the semi-final ties, if the aggregate score is level at the end of the second game no extra time shall be played and the tie shall be decided by the taking of kicks from the penalty mark in accordance with procedures as approved by IFAB.”

Why is the League Cup called the Carabao Cup?

Up 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

Liverpool Carling Cup 2012

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

They have been runners-up in the competition four times, with their last final appearance that they didn’t win coming in 2016 when they were defeated by Manchester City in a shootout.

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Man City lifted their sixth Carabao Cup in 2019 when they beat Chelsea on penalties, while 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 each, with the win in 2008 being the last time the north London side last lifted a piece of silverware.

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

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