2019–20 EFL Cup

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2019–20 EFL Cup
Carabao Cup, League Cup
Country England
Dates6 August 2019 – 1 March 2020
Matches played34
Goals scored107 (3.15 per match)
Attendance9,913 (292 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)9 players (2 goals)

The 2019–20 EFL Cup is the 60th season of the EFL Cup. Also known as the Carabao Cup for sponsorship reasons, the competition is open to all 92 clubs participating in the Premier League and the English Football League. Manchester City are the defending champions, having retained the title in 2019. The final will be held at Wembley Stadium in London on 1 March 2020.[1]


All 92 clubs in the Premier League and English Football League will enter the season's EFL Cup. Access is distributed across leagues. The distribution below is based on the one used in 2018–19

In the first round, the draw was regionalised into northern and southern clubs with 22 of 24 Championship clubs and all League One, and League Two clubs entering in this round.

The following round, the two remaining Championship clubs Cardiff City and Fulham (who finished 18th and 19th respectively in the 2018–19 Premier League season), and the Premier League clubs not involved in either the Champions League or Europa League enter.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, and Wolverhampton Wanderers all received byes to the third round owing to their participation in European competitions.[2]

Clubs entering in this round Clubs advancing from previous round Number of games
First round
(70 clubs)
  • 24 clubs from EFL League Two
  • 24 clubs from EFL League One
  • 22 clubs from EFL Championship
  • N/A
Second round
(50 clubs)
  • 2 clubs from EFL Championship
  • 13 Premier League clubs (not involved in European competition)
  • 35 winners from first round
Third round
(32 clubs)
  • 7 Premier League clubs (involved in European competition)
  • 25 winners from second round
Fourth round
(16 clubs)
  • No clubs enter the fourth round
  • 16 winners from third round
Fifth round
(8 clubs)
  • No clubs enter the fifth round
  • 8 winners from fourth round
(4 clubs)
  • No clubs enter the semi-finals
  • 4 winners from fifth round
2 (over 2 legs each)
(2 clubs)
  • No clubs enter the final
  • 2 winners from semi-finals

First round[edit]

A total of 70 clubs played in the first round: 24 from League Two (tier 4), 24 from League One (tier 3), and 22 from the Championship (tier 2). The draw for this round was split on a geographical basis into 'northern' and 'southern' sections. Teams were drawn against a team from the same section. The draw was made by John Barnes and Ray Parlour on 20 June 2019.[3]

  1. ^ Match suspended due to Bury failing to provide clarity or evidence to the EFL regarding their ability to fulfil their financial obligations.

Second round[edit]

A total of 50 teams take part in the second round, including Fulham and Cardiff City from the Championship, as well as the Premier League clubs that are not involved in European competition. The draw was made on 13 August 2019 by Gary Neville and Paul Robinson.[5]


  1. ^ "Key dates announced ahead of 2019/20 season". English Football League. 17 April 2019. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Premier League, EFL, Scottish football: Ups, downs & European qualification". BBC Sport. 27 May 2019. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Carabao Cup 2019-20: Fixtures, teams, draw dates & all you need to know". Goal.com. 20 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Carabao Cup 2019-20: Bury face expulsion from EFL". BBC sport.com. 8 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Carabao Cup second round draw: Newcastle v Leicester, Nottingham Forest v Derby". BBC Sport. 13 August 2019.