Carabao Cup fixtures, draws, results, TV channel, and live streams for every round of EFL League Cup 2023/24

The 64th edition of the League Cup (also known as the Carabao Cup after its sponsor) got underway on August 8 and we’re now at the semifinal strage.

After the Community Shield won by Arsenal on August 6, the League Cup will be the first domestic trophy of the 2023/24 season awarded with the final to take place on Sunday, February 25, 2024 at Wembley Stadium in London. 

Manchester United are the holders of the trophy after defeating Newcastle United in the 2023 final. Last season’s finalists met in round four after being draw against one another, with the Magpies gaining revenge.

In addition to silverware, the winner of the EFL Cup earns a place in the 2024/25 UEFA Conference League playoffs with a chance to qualify for the group stage of that European cup competition.

How does the Carabao Cup work in 2023/24?

The EFL Cup (Carabao Cup for sponsorship reasons) features all 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 12 Premier League clubs not involved in European cup competitions joined in the second Round, and the remaining eight sides joining in the third Round.

  • First Round: Aug. 8-9, Aug. 16
  • Second Round: Aug. 29-30
  • Third Round (Rd of 32): Sept. 27-28
  • Fourth Round (Rd of 16): Oct. 31 – Nov. 1
  • Quarterfinals: Dec. 20-21
  • Semifinals: Jan. 9-10 (Leg 1), Jan. 23-24 (Leg 2)
  • Final: Sun, Feb. 25

Every round is single-elimination except for the semifinals, which are played over two legs. There is no extra time up to and including the quarter-finals (page 580 of regulations), with matches going straight to penalties if the score is level after 90 minutes.

However, extra time will be in effect for the semifinal second legs (no away goals tiebreaker) and the final, if necessary.

Carabao Cup semifinal draw, fixtures

The semifinal draw for the Carabao Cup was carried out at Anfield following Liverpool’s quarterfinal thrashing of West Ham.

These ties are two-legged matchups. The first legs will be played in the week commencing January 8, 2024, with the return legs in the week beginning January 22, 2024.

Semifinal first leg

Date Match
W/C Jan. 8, 2024 Middlesbrough vs. Chelsea
W/C Jan. 8, 2024 Liverpool vs. Fulham

Semifinal second leg

Date Match
W/C Jan. 22, 2024 Middlesbrough vs. Chelsea
W/C Jan. 22, 2024 Liverpool vs. Fulham

Carabao Cup quarterfinal draw, fixtures, results

The quarterfinal draw for the 2023/24 Carabao Cup was held at Old Trafford on Wednesday, November 1, after the conclusion of the final match in round four between Manchester United and Newcastle United.

All matches will took place in the week beginning December 18, 2023.

Date Match Highlights
Tues, Dec. 19 Everton 1-1 Fulham 
Fulham advance 7-6 on penalties
Highlights
Tues, Dec. 19 Chelsea 1-1 Newcastle United
Chelsea advance 4-2 on penalties
Highlights
Tues, Dec. 19 Port Vale 0-3 Middlesbrough Highlights
Weds, Dec. 20 Liverpool 5-1 West Ham Highlights to follow

Carabao Cup fourth round draw, fixtures, results

The fourth round of the competition trimmed the competition down to 16 teams for the next phase.

EFL League Two side Mansfield Town were the lowest-ranked team left in the competition and they were drawn against League One team Port Vale with defending champions Manchester United eliminated by Newcastle United.

Date Match Highlights
Tues, Oct. 31 Mansfield Town (L2) 0-1 Port Vale (L1) Highlights
Weds, Nov. 1 Ipswich Town (Ch) 1-3 Fulham (PL) Highlights
Weds, Nov. 1 Man United (PL) 0-3 Newcastle United (PL) Highlights
Weds, Nov. 1 Bournemouth (PL) 1-2 Liverpool (PL) Highlights
Weds, Nov. 1 Chelsea (PL) 2-0 Blackburn Rovers (Ch) Highlights
Weds, Nov. 1 West Ham (PL) 3-0 Arsenal (PL) Highlights
Weds, Nov. 1 Everton (PL) 3-0 Burnley (PL) Highlights
Tues, Oct. 31 Exeter City (L1) 2-3 Middlesbrough (Ch) Highlights

Carabao Cup third round results

In the Third Round, the eight Premier League clubs involved in European competition joined the 24 teams advancing from the opening round.

Championship high-flyers Ipswich produced something of an upset to beat Premier League Wolves 3-2 at home, particularly as Town had fallen two goals behind within 15 minutes.

In the major upset on the first night of the third round, Premier League strugglers Luton Town lost 1-0 at third-tier Exeter City.

  • Premier League: 17 clubs
  • Championship: 7 clubs
  • League One: 4 clubs
  • League Two: 4 clubs
Date Match Highlights
Tue, Sept. 26 Bradford City (L2) 0-2 Middlesbrough (Ch) Highlights
Tue, Sept. 26 Exeter City (L1) 1-0 Luton Town (PL) Highlights
Tue, Sept. 26 Ipswich Town (Ch) 3-2 Wolves (PL) Highlights
Tue, Sept. 26 Mansfield Town (L2) 2-2 Peterborough United (L1) 
Mansfield advance 3-1 on penalties
Highlights
Tue, Sept. 26 Port Vale (L1) 2-1 Sutton (L2) Highlights
Tue, Sept. 26 Salford City (L2) 0-4 Burnley (PL) Highlights
Tue, Sept. 26 Manchester United (PL) 3-0 Crystal Palace (PL) Highlights
Wed, Sep. 27 Aston Villa (PL) 1-2 Everton Highlights 
Wed, Sep. 27 Blackburn Rovers (Ch) 5-2 Cardiff City (Ch) Highlights
Wed, Sep. 27 Bournemouth 2-0 Stoke City (Ch) Highlights
Wed, Sep. 27 Brentford (PL) 0-1  Arsenal (PL) Highlights
Wed, Sep. 27 Chelsea (PL) 1-0 Brighton & Hove Albion Highlights
Wed, Sep. 27 Fulham (PL) 2-1 Norwich City (Ch) Highlights 
Wed, Sep. 27 Lincoln City (L1) 0-1 West Ham (PL) Highlights 
Wed, Sep. 27 Liverpool (PL) 3-1 Leicester City (Ch) Highlights
Wed, Sep. 27 Newcastle United (PL) 1-0 Manchester City (PL) Highlights

Carabao Cup second round results

In the Second Round, the 12 Premier League clubs not involved in European competition joined the 36 teams advancing from the opening round.

Fulham overcame Tottenham Hotspur in a penalty shootout, Chelsea came from behind to beat AFC Wimbledon, and Nottingham Forest were knocked out by an injury-time winner against Burnley. 

Wrexham were knocked out by fellow League Two side Bradford City. 

  • Premier League: 12 clubs
  • Championship: 14 clubs
  • League One: 10 clubs
  • League Two: 12 clubs
Date Match Highlights
Tue, Aug. 29 Swansea (Ch) 2-3 Bournemouth (PL) Highlights
Tue, Aug. 29 Stoke City (Ch) 6-1 Rotherham (Ch) Highlights
Tue, Aug. 29 Wrexham (L2) 1-1 Bradford City (L2)
Bradford City advance 4-3 on penalties
Highlights
Tue, Aug. 29 Bolton (L1) 1-3 Middlesbrough (Ch) Highlights
Tue, Aug. 29 Port Vale (L1) 0-0 Crewe Alexandra (L2)
Port Vale advance 2-0 on penalties
Highlights
Tue, Aug. 29 Sheffield Wed. (Ch) 1-1 Mansfield (L2)
Mansfield advance 5-4 on penalties
Highlights
Tue, Aug. 29 Wolves (PL) 5-0 Blackpool (L1) Highlights
Tue, Aug. 29 Tranmere (L2) 0-2 Leicester City (Ch) Highlights
Tue, Aug. 29 Bristol City (Ch) 0-1 Norwich City (Ch) Highlights
Tue, Aug. 29 Plymouth (Ch) 2-4 Crystal Palace (PL) Highlights
Tue, Aug. 29 Portsmouth (L1) 1-1 Peterborough (L1)
Peterborough advance 5-4 on penalties
Highlights
Tue, Aug. 29 Luton Town (PL) 3-2 Gillingham (L2) Highlights
Tue, Aug. 29 Fulham (PL) 1-1 Tottenham (PL)
Fulham advance 5-3 on penalties
Highlights
Tue, Aug. 29 Exeter City (L1) 1-1 Stevenage (L1)
Exeter advance 5-3 on penalties
Highlights
Tue, Aug. 29 Wycombe (L1) 0-1 Sutton United (L2) Highlights
Tue, Aug. 29 Birmingham City (Ch) 1-3 Cardiff City (Ch) Highlights
Tue, Aug. 29 Newport County (L2) 1-1 Brentford (PL)
Brentford advance 3-0 on penalties
Highlights
Tue, Aug. 29 Salford City (L2) 1-1 Leeds United (Ch)
Salford advance 9-8 on penalties
Highlights
Tue, Aug. 29 Reading (L1) 2-2 Ipswich Town (Ch)
Ipswich advance 3-1 on penalties
Highlights
Wed, Aug. 30 Chelsea (PL) 2-1 AFC Wimbledon (L2)

Highlights

Wed, Aug. 30

Sheffield United (PL) 0-0 Lincoln City (L1)
Lincoln advance 3-2 on penalties

Highlights
Wed, Aug. 30 Harrogate Town (L2) 0-8 Blackburn (Ch) Highlights
Wed, Aug. 30 Nott’m Forest (PL) 0-1 Burnley (PL) Highlights
Wed, Aug. 30 Doncaster (L2) 1-2 Everton (PL) Highlights

Carabao Cup First Round fixtures, results

The opening round of the Carabao Cup saw all 72 clubs from the Championship (2nd division), League One (3rd division), and League Two (4th division) take part.

They were drawn into 36 single-elimination knockout matches based on geography with a draw involving northern clubs and a separate draw for southern-based clubs.

Matches level after 90 minutes went straight to penalties.

Date Match/Result Highlights
Tue, Aug 8 Huddersfield 2-3 Middlesbrough Highlights
Tue, Aug 8 Swansea 3-0 Northampton Town Highlights
Tue, Aug 8 Mansfield Town 2-0 Grimsby Town Highlights
Tue, Aug 8 Newport County 3-1 Charlton Highlights
Tue, Aug 8 Peterborough 1-1 Swindon Town
(Peterborough advance 4-1 on pens)
Highlights
Tue, Aug 8 Plymouth Argyle 2-0 Leyton Orient Highlights
Tue, Aug 8 Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Barrow Highlights
Tue, Aug 8 Gillingham 3-1 Southampton Highlights
Tue, Aug 8 Forest Green 1-3 Portsmouth Highlights
Tue, Aug 8 Rotherham 1-1 (4-2) Morecambe
(Rotherham advance 4-2 on pens)
Highlights
Tue, Aug 8 Cheltenham 0-2 Birmingham City Highlights
Tue, Aug 8 Accrington Stanley 1-1 Bradford City
(Bradford advance 4-1 on pens)
Highlights
Tue, Aug 8 Stevenage 1-1 Watford
(Stevenage advance 4-3 on pens)
Highlights
Tue, Aug 8 Hull City 1-2 Doncaster Highlights
Tue, Aug 8 Millwall 0-4 Reading Highlights
Tue, Aug 8 Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Stockport
Sheffield Wed. advance 4-1 on pens)
Highlights
Tue, Aug 8 Sunderland 1-1 Crewe Alexandra
(Crewe advance 5-3 on pens)
Highlights
Tue, Aug 8 Notts County 0-2 Lincoln City Highlights
Tue, Aug 8 Preston North End 2-2 Salford City
(Salford City advance 4-2 on pens)
Highlights
Tue, Aug 8 Harrogate Town 1-0 Carlisle Highlights
Tue, Aug 8 Barnsley 2-2 Tranmere Rovers
(Tranmere advance 7-6 on pens)
Highlights
Tue, Aug 8 Exeter City 2-1 Crawley Town Highlights
Tue, Aug 8 Derby County 0-2 Blackpool Highlights
Tue, Aug 8 Blackburn Rovers 4-3 Walsall Highlights
Tue, Aug 8 Port Vale 3-2 Fleetwood Highlights
Tue, Aug 8 Sutton United 2-2 Cambridge United
(Sutton advance 6-5 on pens)
Highlights
Tue, Aug 8 MK Dons 0-2 Wycombe Highlights
Tue, Aug 8 Stoke City 2-1 West Brom Highlights
Tue, Aug 8 Wrexham 0-0 Wigan Athletic
(Wrexham advance 4-2 on pens)
Highlights
Wed, Aug. 9 Leeds United 2-1 Shrewsbury Highlights
Wed, Aug. 9 Bristol City 5-1 Oxford United Highlights
Wed, Aug. 9 AFC Wimbledon 2-1 Coventry City Highlights
Wed, Aug. 9 Cardiff City 2-2 Colchester
(Cardiff advance 3-0 on pens)
Highlights
Wed, Aug. 9 Ipswich Town 2-0 Bristol Rovers Highlights
Wed, Aug. 9 Burton 0-2 Leicester City Highlights
Wed, Aug. 16 QPR 0-1 Norwich City Highlights

Carabao Cup live streams, TV channel 2023/24

  UK USA Canada Australia
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’s 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?

This knockout tournament has historically been called the League Cup or EFL Cup, which unlike the FA Cup which is overseen by the English Football Association (FA), is instead organised by the English Football League (EFL).

The EFL in the past incorporated each of the top four divisions of English football before the formation of the Premier League in 1992/93. Today, the EFL is comprised of the second-tier Championship, third-tier League One, and fourth-tier League Two. But Premier League clubs are still invited to participate in the League Cup (EFL Cup) every season.

Beginning in the 1990s, corporations began paying to attach their name to this tournament and the sponsor names caught on for brief periods when it was known as the Coca-Cola Cup, the 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 that is popularly used today.

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