The semifinals of the 2022/23 Carabao Cup see four Premier League teams vying for a place in the final on Sunday, February 26.
Newcastle United remain in pursuit of their first major honour since 1955 and they take a 1-0 aggregate goal lead into the second leg of their semifinal series against Southampton. The Saints are still capable of the surprise after knocking off Manchester City in the quarterfinals.
Manchester United seized control of their tie with Nottingham Forest, claiming a 3-0 victory at the City Ground to put one foot in the final already.
The two finalists will be determine by February 1 and they will have a month to prepare for the final at Wembley Stadium.
Carabao Cup Semifinals
The draw for the semis took place on January 11, with the first legs of the semi-finals played on January 24 and 25. The return games will take place on January 31 and February 1.
All semifinal matches kick off at 20:00 GMT or 15:00 ET.
|Match||1st Leg||2nd Leg||Aggregate
|Southampton vs. Newcastle||SOU 0-1 NEW||Tue, Jan. 31
(at St. James’ Park)
|Nott’m Forest vs. Man United||NOT 0-3 MUN
||Wed, Feb. 1
(at Old Trafford)
Carabao Cup Quarterfinals
Two late Marcus Rashford goals allowed Man United to shake off Charlton Athletic, while Dan Burn and Joelinton were on target after halftime for Newcastle at an expectant St James’ Park in their victory over Leicester City
Southampton, then the Premier League’s bottom club, caused the sensation of the round as they ransacked a wretched Manchester City, with Sekou Mara and Moussa Djenepo getting the goals.
Raul Jimenez salvaged a draw for Wolves after their former defender Willy Boly opened the scoring for Forest. But goalkeeper Dean Henderson turned into the shootout hero as his Forest side prevailed 4-3 on spot kicks.
|Tues, Jan. 10||Man United 3-0 Charlton Athletic||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tues, Jan. 10||Newcastle 2-0 Leicester City||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Weds, Jan. 11||Southampton 2-0 Man City||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Weds, Jan. 11||Nott’m Forest 1-1 Wolves
(Forest adv. 4-3 on pens)
How does the Carabao Cup work in 2022/23?
The EFL Cup (Carabao Cup for sponsorship reasons) began with 92 participating clubs from the top four tiers of English football: Premier League (20 clubs), Championship (24 clubs), League One (24), and League Two (24).
The 13 Premier League clubs not involved in European cup competitions joined in the 2nd Round, and the remaining seven sides in the 3rd Round.
- 1st Round: Aug. 9-11
- 2nd Round: Aug. 23-25
- 3rd Round (Rd of 32): Nov. 8-10
- 4th Round (Rd of 16): Dec. 20-22
- Quarter-finals: Jan. 10-12
- Semi-finals: Jan. 24-26 (Leg 1), Jan. 31-Feb. 2 (Leg 2)
- Final: Sun, Feb. 26
Every round is single-elimination except for the semifinals, which are played over two legs (no away goals tiebreaker). There is no extra time up to and including the quarter finals, with matches level after 90 minutes going straight to penalties.
However, extra time will be in effect for the semifinal second legs and the final, if necessary.
The final is traditionally held at Wembley Stadium in London.
Carabao Cup 4th Round (Round of 16)
The competition was reduced to the final 16 teams at this stage and it delivered some thrilling action.
Manchester City downed reigning champions Liverpool in a five-goal thriller, while Brighton were knocked out by League One side Charlton Athletic on penalties.
The Carabao Cup 4th Round draw was held on November 10.
|December 20||Wolves 2, Gillingham 0||HIGHLIGHTS|
|December 20||Southampton 2, Lincoln City 1||HIGHLIGHTS|
|December 20||Newcastle United 1, Bournemouth 0||HIGHLIGHTS|
|December 20||MK Dons 0, Leicester City 3||HIGHLIGHTS|
|December 21||Charlton Athletic 0, Brighton 0
(Charlton win 4-3 on penalties)
|December 21||Blackburn Rovers 1, Nott’m Forest 4||HIGHLIGHTS|
|December 21||Manchester United 2, Burnley 0||HIGHLIGHTS|
|December 22||Manchester City 3, Liverpool 2||HIGHLIGHTS|
Carabao Cup 3rd Round (Round of 32)
Round Three is where the remaining Premier League sides entered the competition. As it happened, several of them fell by the wayside.
While Manchester City enjoyed a good result against Chelsea, and Liverpool scraped through on penalties, there were others who were eliminated at this hurdle — including Arsenal, the Premier League leaders at the time of the matches.
The Carabao Cup 3rd Round draw was held on August 25.
|Tue. Nov. 8||Stevenage 1, Charlton Athletic 1
(Charlton advance 5-4 on PKs)
|Tue. Nov. 8||Bristol City 1, Lincoln City 3||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue. Nov. 8||Bournemouth 4, Everton 1||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue. Nov. 8||MK Dons 2, Morcambe 1||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue. Nov. 8||Leicester City 3, Newport County 0||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue. Nov. 8||Burnley 3, Crawley Town 1||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue. Nov. 8||Brentford 1, Gillingham 1
(Gillingham advance 6-5 on PKs)
|Wed. Nov. 9||Wolves 1, Leeds United||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Wed. Nov. 9||Nottingham Forest 2, Tottenham 0||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Wed. Nov. 9||Arsenal 1, Brighton 3||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Wed. Nov. 9||Southampton 1, Sheffield Wednesday 1
(Southampton advance 6-5 on PKs)
|Wed. Nov. 9||West Ham 2, Blackburn Rovers 2
(Blackburn advance 10-9 on PKs)
|Wed. Nov. 9||Newcastle United 0, Crystal Palace 0
(Newcastle advance 3-2 on PKs)
|Wed. Nov. 9||Manchester City 2, Chelsea||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Wed. Nov. 9||Liverpool 0, Derby County 0
(Liverpool advance 3-2 on PKs)
|Thurs. Nov. 10||Manchester United 4-2 Aston Villa||HIGHLIGHTS|
Carabao Cup 2nd Round
The 2nd Round featured the 35 winners from the 1st Round joined by the 13 Premier League clubs not involved in European competition, and the two relegated clubs from the Premier League who finished in 18th (Burnley) and 19th place (Watford) last season.
The Premier League sides gave a good account of themselves with only Fulham falling to lower-division Crawley. Leicester City and Bournemouth needed penalties to advance from their matchups.
The Carabao Cup 2nd Round draw was held on Sky Sports on Wednesday, August 10.
|Date||Match||Time (BST / ET)|
|Tue. Aug 23||Walsall 0, Charlton Athletic 1||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue. Aug 23||Sheffield Wednesday 3, Rochdale 0||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue, Aug 23||Shrewsbury 0, Burnley 1||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue, Aug 23||Bolton 1, Aston Villa 4||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue, Aug 23||Derby County 1, West Brom 0||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue, Aug 23||Wolves 2, Preston North End 1||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue, Aug 23||Fleetwood 0, Everton 1||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue, Aug 23||Rotherham 0, Morecambe 1||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue, Aug 23||Barrow 2, Lincoln City 2
(Lincoln advance 3-1 on PKs)
|Tue, Aug 23||Stockport County 0, Leicester City 0
(Leicester advance 3-1 on PKs)
|Tue, Aug 23||Bradford City 1, Blackburn 2||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue, Aug 23||Grimbsy Town 0, Nottingham Forest 3||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue, Aug 23||Stevenage 1, Peterborough 0||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue, Aug 23||Norwich City 2, Bournemouth 2
(Bournemouth advance 5-3 on PKs)
|Tue, Aug 23||Newport County 3, Portsmouth 2||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue, Aug 23||Oxford United 0, Crystal Palace 2||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue, Aug 23||Watford 0, MK Dons 2||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue, Aug 23||Colchester 0, Brentford 2||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue, Aug 23||Crawley 2, Fulham 0||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue, Aug 23||Cambridge 0, Southampton 3||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue, Aug 23||Gillingham 0, Exeter 0
(Gillingham advance 6-5 on PKs)
|Wed, Aug 24||Leeds United 3 vs. Barnsley 1||FT|
|Wed, Aug 24||Tranmere Rovers 1 vs. Newcastle 2||FT|
|Wed, Aug 24||Wycombe 1 vs. Bristol City 3||FT|
|Wed, Aug 24||Forest Green Rovers 0 vs. Brighton 3||FT|
Here are the 50 clubs that qualified to the 2nd Round:
|No. of clubs||Clubs qualified|
|Prem. League||13||Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Brentford, Brighton, Crystal Palace, Everton, Fulham, Leeds, Leicester, Newcastle, Nott’m Forest, Southampton, Wolves|
|Championship||8||Blackburn, Bristol City, Burnley, Norwich City, Preston North End, Rotherham, Watford, West Brom|
|League One||17||Barnsley, Bolton, Cambridge, Charlton, Derby, Exeter, Fleetwood, Forest Green, Lincoln City, MK Dons, Morecambe, Oxford, Peterborough, Portsmouth, Sheffield Wednesday, Shrewsbury, Wycombe|
|League Two||12||Barrow, Bradford, Colchester, Crawley, Gillingham, Grimsby, Newport, Rochdale, Stevenage, Stockport, Tranmere, Walsall|
Carabao Cup 1st Round results
It was a disastrous 1st Round for Championship clubs, with 14 of the 22 teams suffering instant elimination from the knockout tournament.
Third-tier League One had more than double the teams making it through to the 2nd Round.
|Tue, Aug 2||Cambridge United 1, Millwall 0||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue, Aug 9||Shrewsbury 3, Carlisle 2||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue, Aug 9||Blackpool 0, Barrow 0
(Barrow advance 4-3 pens)
|Tue, Aug 9||Accrington Stanley 2, Tranmere 2
(Tranmere advance 12-11 on pens)
|Tue, Aug 9||AFC Wimbledon 0, Gillingham 2||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue, Aug 9||Northampton Town 1, Wycombe 2||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue, Aug 9||Oxford United 2, Swansea 2
(Oxford advance 5-3 on pens)
|Tue, Aug 9||Rochdale 2, Burton 0||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue, Aug 9||Cheltenham 0, Exeter City 7||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue, Aug 9||Charlton 1, Queens Park Rangers 1
(Charlton advance 5-3 on pens)
|Tue, Aug 9||Morecambe 0, Stoke City 0
(Morecambe advance 5-3 on pens)
|Tue, Aug 9||Mansfield Town 1, Derby County 2||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue, Aug 9||Bradford City 2, Hull City 1||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue, Aug 9||Crawley Town 1, Bristol Rovers 0||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue, Aug 9||Huddersfield 1, Preston North End 4||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue, Aug 9||Ipswich Town 0, Colchester 1||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue, Aug 9||Grimsby Town 4, Crewe Alexandra 0||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue, Aug 9||Bolton Wanderers 5, Salford City 1||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue, Aug 9||Norwich City 2, Birmingham City 2
(Norwich advance 4-2 on pens)
|Tue, Aug 9||Harrogate Town 0, Stockport 1||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue, Aug 9||Doncaster 0, Lincoln City 3||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue, Aug 9||Luton Town 2, Newport County 3||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue, Aug 9||MK Dons 1, Sutton United 0||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue, Aug 9||Forest Green 2, Leyton Orient 0||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue, Aug 9||Fleetwood 1, Wigan Athletic 0||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue, Aug 9||Cardiff City 0, Portsmouth 3||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue, Aug 9||Walsall 2, Swindon Town 0||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Tue, Aug 9||Reading 1, Stevenage 2||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Wed, Aug 10||Coventry City 1, Bristol City 4||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Wed, Aug 10||Blackburn 4, Hartlepool 0||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Wed, Aug 10||Plymouth Argyle 0, Peterborough 2||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Wed, Aug 10||Sheffield Wednesday 2, Sunderland 0||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Wed, Aug 10||Port Vale 1, Rotherham 2||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Wed, Aug 10||Middlesbrough 0, Barnsley 1||HIGHLIGHTS|
|Thu, Aug 11||West Brom 1, Sheffield United 0||HIGHLIGHTS|
Carabao Cup TV channel, live streams 2022/23
|TV channel||Sky Sports||—||—||beIN Sports|
|Streaming||Sky Go, NOW TV||ESPN+||DAZN||beIN Connect, Kayo Sports|
UK: Sky Sports is the exclusive broadcaster of the Carabao Cup in the UK.
USA: ESPN streaming platform ESPN+ is the home of the Carabao Cup in the USA. Select matches from early rounds are available to be streamed, followed by all matches from the Round of 16 through to the final.
Canada: DAZN has the Carabao Cup streaming rights in Canada with select matches carried from the early rounds.
Australia: The Carabao Cup broadcaster for fans in Australia is beIN Sports.
Why is it called Carabao Cup?
The knockout tournament has long been known as the League Cup or EFL Cup since it is organised by the English Football League, which is comprised of the second-tier Championship, third-tier League One, and fourth-division League Two.
Beginning in the 1990s, sponsors began attaching their name to this tournament and the sponsor names caught on: Coca-Cola Cup, Worthington’s Cup, and the Carling Cup.
The latest sponsor is Thai energy drink company Carabao, which bought the title rights of the knockout tournament beginning with the 2017/18 edition, leading to the use of the Carabao Cup moniker.