Here's a handy guide to tell you all about the Carabao Cup this season.

It contains all fixtures and scores, the key data such as draws for the next rounds and when the semi-finals and finals will be played.

There is also information about the main rule changes introduced by the EFL in the League Cup 2018-1919.

We will keep this up to date throughout the season throughout the tournament.

When will the second round take place?

Tuesday, August 28th

7.45 pm Kick Offs, unless stated otherwise

Blackburn Rovers vs. Lincoln City

Burton Albion vs Aston Villa

Doncaster Rovers against Blackpool

Hull City against Derby County

Leeds United against Preston North End

Leicester town against Fleetwood Town

Middlesbrough against Rochdale

Sheffield Wednesday against Wolverhampton Wanderers

Walsall against Macclesfield Town

Stoke City v Huddersfield Town (8pm)

West Bromwich Albion vs. Mansfield Town (8pm)

Swansea City vs. Crystal Palace (7:30 pm)

AFC Wimbledon against West Ham United

AFC Bournemouth v Milton Keynes Dons

Brentford – Cheltenham

Brighton & Hove Albion against Southampton

Cardiff City against Norwich City

Fulham v Exeter city

Newport County vs Oxford United

Queens Park Rangers against Bristol Rovers

Wycombe Wanderers against Forest Green Rover


Everton against Rotherham United

Nottingham Forest against Newcastle United

Millwall v Plymouth Argyle

Reading in Watford (8 pm)

When will the "big boys" join in?

England's seven European representatives (Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Burnley) compete in the third round.

They will go into the hat with the 27 wins of the second round, making the third round a final 32.

When is the draw for the third round?

The third round of the Carabao Cup will take place on Thursday, August 30, shortly after 7pm.

It will be held at Sky Sports Studios in Isleworth, London.

The draw will be shown live during the Sky Sports' EFL Matters Show on Sky Sports Football.

The host is David Prutton, who will be assisted by former internationals David Seaman and Joleon Lescott.

When does the third round take place?

The games are played in the week beginning Monday 24 September.

Other important dates of the Carabao Cup

  • Round four weeks starting on October 29th
  • Quarterfinals – Week starts on December 17th
  • Semi-finals – weeks from 7th to 21st January 2019
  • Carabao Cup Final – Sunday, February 24, 2019


The EFL has announced a number of changes to the Carabao Cup this season.

Among them is the introduction of VAR – under certain circumstances – and the scrapping of extra time.

Will matches go into extra time?

No, that's a change for this season.

The 90-minute games of the competition were followed by a 30-minute extra time, with the penalties then decided if the result remained the same.

However, next season's full-time match level will go directly to penalties to determine the winner.

In addition to the abolition of the extension, the EFL announced that a penalty shoot-out format would return to the traditional alternative kicks and not the ABBA format, which was used in the competition last season.

Is VAR used in the Carabao Cup?

Yes. Something like that.

VAR is also used in the competition, but only in games in Premier League stadiums.

Do away goals have to count in the semi-final?

If the total score is the same at the end of the second game, additional time is played.

If the score is not reached at the end of the half-hour of extra time, the game is decided by away goals.

Goals away are scored twice.

Why is it called Carabao Cup?

Due to a sponsorship agreement, the league cup competition was renamed Carabao Cup.

The Football League and the Thai Energy Drink brand have signed a three-year contract.

The company's colors adorn the ribbons of the trophy and the game ball, as well as the carabao branding featured in every stadia game, including the last day of the Carabao Cup at Wembley.

First round results

Blackpool 3 Barnsley 1; Bristol City 0 Plymouth Argyle 1; Bristol Rovers 2 Crawley Town 1; Cambridge United 1 Newport 4; Carlisle United 1 Blackburn Rovers 5; Cheltenham Town 2 Colchester United 2; Cheltenham Town wins 6-5 on penalties; Crewe Alexandra 1 Fleetwood Town 1 (Fleetwood wins 4-3 on penalties); Exeter City 1 Ipswich Town 1 (Exeter wins 4-2 on penalties); Grimsby Town 0 Rochdale 2; Leeds United 2 Bolton Wanderers 1; Macclesfield Town 1 Bradford City 1 (Macclesfield win 4-2 on penalties); Mansfield Town 6 Accrington Stanley 1; Middlesbrough 3 Notts County 3 (Middlesbrough win 4-3 on penalties); Millwall 0 Gillingham 0 (Millwall win 3-1 on penalties) Milton Keynes Dons 3 Charlton Athletic 0; Nottingham Forest 1 Bury 1 (Wald win 10-9 on penalties); Norwich City 3 Stevenage 1; Oldham Athletic 0 Derby County 2; Oxford United 2 Coventry City 0; Portsmouth 1 AFC Wimbledon 2; Port Vale 0 Lincoln City 4; Preston Nordende 3 Morecambe 1; Queens Park Rangers 2 Peterborough United 0; Reading 2 Birmingham City 0; Rotherham United 3 Wigan Athletic 1; Scunthorpe United 1 Doncaster Rovers 2; Sheffield United 1 Hull City 1 (Hull win 5-4 on penalties); Shrewsbury Town 1 Burton Albion 2; Southend United 2 Brentford 4; Swindon Town 0 Forest Green Rover 1; Sunderland 0 Sheffield Wednesday 2; Tranmere Rovers 1 Walsall 3; Wycombe Wanderers 1 Northampton Town 1 (Wycombe wins 7-6 on penalties); West Bromwich Albion 1 Luton Town 0; Yeovil Town 0 Aston Villa 1.



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