The EFL Cup, currently known as the Carabao Cup for sponsorship reasons, is an annual knockout football competition. Check out where to watch.
Carabao Cup : Where to watch | Everton | Fantasy
The 2022–23 EFL Cup is the 63rd season of the EFL Cup (known as the Carabao Cup for sponsorship reasons).
The competition is open to all clubs participating in the Premier League and the English Football League.
Also the winner of the competition qualifies for the play-off round of the 2023–24 UEFA Europa Conference League.
Liverpool are the defending champions, having beaten Chelsea on penalties to secure a record 9th title in the previous season’s final.
Where to watch Carabao Cup
The 16 Carabao Cup ties will be played over three days, with the first round of fixtures kicking off at 19:45 (GMT) on Tuesday 8 November.
Seven games will be played on Tuesday, with eight taking place on Wednesday 9 November. The final tie is scheduled to kick off at 20:00 on Thursday 10 November.
Two Carabao Cup third round ties have been selected for live TV coverage.
On Wednesday, the gargantuan all-Premier League affair between Manchester City and Chelsea will be broadcasted on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football.
The same two channels will then host Manchester United’s tie against Aston Villa on Thursday.
The draw threw up some big third-round ties with the undoubted standout being Manchester City vs Chelsea. Both managers will undoubtedly field weaker starting XIs, but there will still be an abundance of quality on display at the Etihad on Wednesday night.
Carabao Cup Everton
Frank Lampard was fiercely critical of his Everton side’s performance as they slumped out of the League Cup, increasing the pressure on the manager four days before they return to the Vitality Stadium for a crucial Premier League meeting.
Lampard made 11 changes to starting line-up but insisted his team should have been more than capable of progressing into the fourth round.
Instead, they trailed from the moment Jamal Lowe put Bournemouth ahead in the seventh minute and rarely looked like working their way back into the game.
Demarai Gray’s 66th-minute goal was the only positive for the visitors but that came after Junior Stanislas had doubled the lead following a Mason Holgate error early in the second half and Emiliano Marcondes and Jaidon Anthony completed the the home side’s comfortable win late on.
But “The fans have had to endure a poor performance, there’s no doubt,” said Lampard. “When they come to support and the players perform as they did we have to hold our hands up and say it’s not good enough.
The Premier League’s top seven don’t enter the secondary domestic cup until the third round so Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United have just one fixture each this Game Week.
West Ham don’t have any Carabao Cup commitments just yet but Game Week 3 is a double for them (just as Game Week 2 was) because of their Europa Conference League play-off against Viborg.
The Hammers beat their Danish opponents 3-1 in the first leg at the London Stadium last night with Jarrod Bowen (£4.4m), Michail Antonio (£4m) and Gianluca Scamacca (£2.6m) all on the scoresheet.
It’s entirely possible David Moyes will rest some of his first team regulars in Denmark on Thursday night having established a two-goal lead in the tie but that remains to be seen.
So let’s take a closer look at the double headers awaiting the Premier League teams who will be active in the Carabao Cup in midweek.
- Aston Villa: Crystal Palace (h), Bolton (a)
- Bournemouth: Arsenal (h), Norwich (a)
- Brentford: Fulham (a), Colchester (a)
- Brighton: West Ham (a), Forest Green (a)
- Crystal Palace: Aston Villa (a), Oxford (a)
- Everton: Nottingham Forest (h), Fleetwood (a)
- Fulham: Brentford (h), Crawley (a)
- Leeds: Chelsea (h), Barnsley (h)
- Leicester: Southampton (h), Stockport (a)
- Newcastle: Man City (h), Tranmere (a)
- Nottingham Forest: Everton (a), Grimsby (a)
- Southampton: Leicester (a), Cambridge (a)
- Wolves: Spurs (a), Preston (h)
The very nature of the Carabao Cup means all the Premier League teams will start as favourites in midweek but upsets are likely, especially as rotation is inevitable.
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