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How to watch Carabao Cup: Draws, fixtures for Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool in 2021-2022 League Cup

The Carabao Cup, also known as the League Cup or EFL Cup, is the first major trophy awarded in the English football season and one of three major domestic titles in England alongside the Premier League and FA Cup. In addition to silverware, the winner is also guaranteed a playoff round berth in the following season’s Europa Conference League, one of Europe’s top three club competitions.

We’re at the quarterfinal stage of the 2021-22 Carabao Cup with the three remaining single-elimination quarterfinals happening on Dec. 22. Manchester City is the current holder of the trophy, having won it in four straight seasons and six of the past eight. But the Citizens will be handing off the silverware after suffering elimination in the Round of 16 to West Ham. 

A total of 92 clubs from the top four divisions in English football compete for the Carabao Cup: Premier League (20 teams), Championship (22), League One (24) and League Two (24). The English Premier League clubs join in the second round, with those Premier League teams involved in European competitions joining in the third round. Here are the last eight teams standing in the quarterfinals: 

DateQuarterfinalsTime (ET)Streaming
Tues, Dec. 21Arsenal 5, Sunderland 1  
Wed, Dec. 22Tottenham vs. West Ham2:45 p.m.ESPN+
Wed, Dec. 22Brentford vs. Chelsea2:45 p.m.ESPN+
Wed, Dec. 22Liverpool vs. Leicester City2:45 p.m.ESPN+

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The first edition of the Carabao Cup was held in the 1960-1961 season and the trophy has been handed out in 61 straight years. Man City (8) and Liverpool (8) share the all-time lead for most titles. The last time a team outside the top tier won the trophy was Sheffield Wednesday, which upset Manchester United in the 1991 final. After Sunderland’s elimination in the quarterfinals, only Premier League teams remain in the running for the 2021-22 edition.

How to watch the Carabao Cup

  • Dates: July 31, 2021, to Feb. 27, 2022
  • TV Channels: None
  • Streaming: ESPN+

The Carabao Cup is carried exclusively in the USA by ESPN via its streaming platform, ESPN+, and every match beginning with the Round of 16 is available to be streamed. Select matches in the Third Round were also broadcast.

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There are seven English Premier League teams still alive in the competition. Crystal Palace and Newcastle United were ousted in the second round, while Watford, Everton, Norwich City, Wolves, Aston Villa and Manchester United were eliminated in the third round. Brighton, Burnley, Leeds United, Manchester City and Southampton bowed out in the Round of 16.

Why is it called the Carabao Cup?

Carabao is an energy drink produced in Thailand and distributed worldwide, and it became the competition’s title sponsor beginning with the 2017-18 edition.

Since the tournament’s inception, it was popularly known as the League Cup because it involved all the teams that played in the English football leagues. That explains the “EFL Cup” moniker that’s also often used, with EFL standing for ‘English Football League.’

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Carabao Cup draw, fixtures & results

The tournament is played in a straight single-game knockout format except for the semifinals, which are decided over a two-leg, aggregate goal series. The semifinal draw customarily takes place after the final quarterfinal match is played.

  • First Round: Tues/Wed, Aug. 10/11
  • Second Round: Tues/Wed, Aug. 24/25
  • Third Round (Round of 32): Tues/Wed, Sept. 21/22
  • Fourth Round (Round of 16): Tues/Wed, Oct. 26/27
  • Quarterfinals: Tues/Wed, Dec. 21/22
  • Semifinals, Leg 1: Tues/Wed, Jan. 4/5
  • Semifinals, Leg 2: Tues/Wed, Jan. 11/12
  • Final: Sun, Feb. 27

The upcoming schedule is followed by results from previous rounds below. Home teams are listed first and winners in bold. Lower division teams are noted in parentheses: CH = Championship (second tier), L1 = League One (third tier), L2 = League Two (fourth tier).

Carabao Cup Quarterfinals

DateQuarterfinalsTime (ET)Streaming
Tues, Dec. 21Arsenal 5, Sunderland 1  
Wed, Dec. 22Tottenham vs. West Ham2:45 p.m.ESPN+
Wed, Dec. 22Brentford vs. Chelsea2:45 p.m.ESPN+
Wed, Dec. 22Liverpool vs. Leicester City2:45 p.m.ESPN+

Carabao Cup Semifinals

DateMatchTime (ET)Streaming
Tues/Wed, Jan. 4/5Semi #1 – Leg 1TBDESPN+
Tues/Wed, Jan. 4/5Semi #2 – Leg 1TBDESPN+
Tues/Wed, Jan. 11/12Semi #1 – Leg 2TBDESPN+
Tues/Wed, Jan. 11/12Semi #2 – Leg 2TBDESPN+

Carabao Cup Final

DateMatchTime (ET)Streaming
Sun, Feb. 27TBDTBDESPN+

Carabao Cup Results 2021-22

Below are the results of the previous rounds of the 2021-2022 edition of the competition:

Carabao Cup Fourth Round (Round of 16)

DateMatch 
Tues, Oct. 26Chelsea 1, Southampton 1 (4-3 PKs)Highlights
Tues, Oct. 26Arsenal 2, Leeds United 0Highlights
Tues, Oct. 26QPR (CH) 0, Sunderland (L1) 0 (1-3 PKs)Highlights
Wed, Oct. 27West Ham 0, Manchester City 0 (5-3 PKs)Highlights
Wed, Oct. 27Burnley 0, Tottenham Hotspur 1Highlights
Wed, Oct. 27Stoke City (CH) 1, Brentford 2Highlights
Wed, Oct. 27Leicester City 2, Brighton 2 (4-2 PKs)Highlights
Wed, Oct. 27Preston North End (CH) 0, Liverpool 2Highlights

Carabao Cup Third Round (Round of 32)

DateMatch 
Tues, Sept. 21Brentford 7, Oldham Athletic (L2) 0Highlights
Tues, Sept. 21Burnley 4, Rochdale (L2) 1Highlights
Tues, Sept. 21Fulham (CH) 0, Leeds United 0 (5-6 PKs)Highlights
Tues, Sept. 21Manchester City 6, Wycombe (L1) 1Highlights
Tues, Sept. 21Norwich City 0, Liverpool 3Highlights
Tues, Sept. 21Preston North End (CH) 4, Cheltenham (L1) 1Highlights
Tues, Sept. 21QPR (CH) 2, Everton 2 (8-7 PKs)Highlights
Tues, Sept. 21Sheffield United (CH) 2, Southampton 2 (2-4 PKs)Highlights
Tues, Sept. 21Watford 1, Stoke City (CH) 3Highlights
Tues, Sept. 21Wigan (L1) 0, Sunderland (L1) 2Highlights
Wed, Sept. 22Brighton 2, Swansea City (CH) 0Highlights
Wed, Sept. 22Arsenal 3, AFC Wimbledon (L1) 0Highlights
Wed, Sept. 22Chelsea 1, Aston Villa 1 (4-3 PKs)Highlights
Wed, Sept. 22Manchester United 0, West Ham 1Highlights
Wed, Sept. 22Millwall (CH) 0, Leicester City 2Highlights
Wed, Sept. 22Wolves 2, Tottenham Hotspur 2 (2-3 PKs)Highlights

Carabao Cup Second Round

DateMatch 
Tues, Aug. 24Oldham 0, Accrington Stanley 0 (5-4 PKs)Highlights
Tues, Aug. 24Brentford 3, Forest Green 1Highlights
Tues, Aug. 24Millwall 3, Cambridge United 1Highlights
Tues, Aug. 24Norwich City 6, Bournemouth 0Highlights
Tues, Aug. 24Cardiff City 0, Brighton 2Highlights
Tues, Aug. 24Birmingham City 0, Fulham 2Highlights
Tues, Aug. 24Huddersfield 1, Everton 2Highlights
Tues, Aug. 24Sheffield United 2, Derby County 1Highlights
Tues, Aug. 24Nottingham Forest 0, Wolves 4Highlights
Tues, Aug. 24Blackpool 2, Sunderland 3Highlights
Tues, Aug. 24Barrow 0, Aston Villa 6Highlights
Tues, Aug. 24Wigan 0, Bolton 0 (5-4 PKs)Highlights
Tues, Aug. 24Stoke City 2, Doncaster 0Highlights
Tues, Aug. 24QPR 2, Oxford United 0Highlights
Tues, Aug. 24Watford 1, Crystal Palace 0Highlights
Tues, Aug. 24Northampton 0, AFC Wimbledon 1Highlights
Tues, Aug. 24Swansea City 4, Plymouth Argyle 1Highlights
Tues, Aug. 24Stevenage 2, Wycombe 2 (3-5 PKs)Highlights
Tues, Aug. 24Gillingham 1, Cheltenham 1 (4-5 PKs)Highlights
Tues, Aug. 24Morecambe 2, Preston North End 4Highlights
Tues, Aug. 24Shrewsbury 0, Rochdale 2Highlights
Tues, Aug. 24Leeds United 3, Crewe Alexandra 0Highlights
Wed, Aug. 25Newcastle 0, Burnley 0 (3-4 PKs)Highlights
Wed, Aug. 25West Brom 0, Arsenal 6Highlights
Wed, Aug. 25Newport 0, Southampton 8Highlights

Carabao Cup First Round

DateMatch 
Sat, July 31Bournemouth 5, Milton Keynes Dons 0Highlights
Sun, Aug. 1Sheffield Wed. 0, Huddersfield 0 (2-4 PKs)Highlights
Tues, Aug. 10Blackburn 1, Morecambe 2Highlights
Tues, Aug. 10Derby County 3, Salford City 3 (5-3 PKs)Highlights
Tues, Aug. 10Hartlepool 0, Crew Alexandra 1Highlights
Tues, Aug. 10Mansfield Town 0, Preston North End 3Highlights
Tues, Aug. 10Port Vale 1, Sunderland 2Highlights
Tues, Aug. 10Sheffield United 1, Carlisle 0Highlights
Tues, Aug. 10Stoke City 2, Fleetwood Town 1Highlights
Tues, Aug. 10Reading 0, Swansea City 3Highlights
Tues, Aug. 10Millwall 2, Portsmouth 1Highlights
Tues, Aug. 10Forest Green 2, Bristol City 2 (6-5 PKs)Highlights
Tues, Aug. 10Crawley Town 2, Gillingham 2 (9-10 PKs)Highlights
Tues, Aug. 10Cardiff City 3, Sutton United 2Highlights
Tues, Aug. 10Bristol City 0, Cheltenham Town 2Highlights
Tues, Aug. 10Walsall 0, Doncaster 0 (3-4 PKs)Highlights
Tues, Aug. 10Shrewsbury 2, Lincoln City 2 (4-2 PKs)Highlights
Tues, Aug. 10Rotherham 1, Accrington Stanley 2Highlights
Tues, Aug. 10Oldham Athletic 2, Tranmere 2 (4-3 PKs)Highlights
Tues, Aug. 10Hull City 1, Wigan Athletic 1 (7-8 PKs)Highlights
Tues, Aug. 10Harrogate Town vs. Rochdale (forfeit)News
Tues, Aug. 10Bolton 0, Barnsley 0 (5-4 PKs)Highlights
Tues, Aug. 10Barrow 1, Scunthorpe United 0Highlights
Tues, Aug. 10Stevenage 2, Luton Town 2 (3-0 PKs)Highlights
Tues, Aug. 10Peterborough 0, Plymouth Argyle 4Highlights
Tues, Aug. 10Ipswich Town 0, Newport County 1Highlights
Tues, Aug. 10Exeter 0, Wycombe 0 (3-4 PKs)Highlights
Tues, Aug. 10Charlton 0, AFC Wimbledon 1Highlights
Tues, Aug. 10Cambridge 0, Swindon Town 0 (3-1 PKs)Highlights
Tues, Aug. 10Birmingham City 1, Colchester 0Highlights
Wed, Aug. 11Leyton Orient 1, QPR 1 (3-5 PKs)Highlights
Wed, Aug. 11Blackpool 3, Middlesbrough 0Highlights
Wed, Aug. 11Nottingham Forest 2, Bradford City 1Highlights
Wed, Aug. 11Coventry City 1, Northampton 2Highlights
Wed, Aug. 11Burton Albion 1, Oxford United 1 (2-4 PKs)Highlights



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