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

By | December 21, 2020

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

Manchester City lifted their seventh Carabao Cup and third title in a row after beating Aston Villa in last season’s final back in March.

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

  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 enter the 2020-21 Carabao Cup, with participation distributed across the divisions.

The competition will be 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

The Carabao Cup 2020-21 final will be played at Wembley Stadium on February 28, 2021.

Date Fixture
Feb 28 Winner of semi-final 1 vs Winner of semi-final 2

Carabao Cup 2020-21 semi-finals

The Carabao Cup 2020-21 semi-finals will be played from January 4, 2021.

Date Fixture
Jan 4 (TBC) TBC
Jan 4 (TBC) TBC

Carabao Cup 2020-21 quarter-finals

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

Arsenal take on Manchester City in what is arguably the game of the round, while Manchester United visit Everton.

Tottenham and Newcastle United have Championship opposition as they play Stoke City and Brentford respectively.

Date Fixture
Dec 22 Brentford vs Newcastle United
Dec 22 Arsenal vs Manchester City
Dec 23 Stoke City vs Tottenham
Dec 23 Everton vs 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.

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

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

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

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


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.