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2013–14 Football League Cup

The 2013–14 Football League Cup (known as the Capital One Cup for sponsorship reasons) was the 54th season of the Football League Cup, a knock-out competition for the top 92 football clubs played in English football league system. Swansea City were the defending champions, but were eliminated by Birmingham City in the 3rd round.

2013–14 Football League Cup
Capital One Cup, League Cup
Country England
Dates5 August 2013 – 2 March 2014
Defending championsSwansea City
ChampionsManchester City (3rd title)
Matches played93
Goals scored255 (2.74 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Edin Džeko
Álvaro Negredo
(6 goals each)

Numbers within brackets represented a team's league level in the 2013–14 season, level 1 being the Premier League, level 2 the Championship, and so on.

On 16 December 2013, it was announced that goal-line technology would be used in three of the four quarter-finals and any subsequent matches in the Capital One Cup.[1] The system was used the very next day, in the SunderlandChelsea quarter-final, in which an own-goal from Lee Cattermole was allowed.[2]

The cup was won by Manchester City who defeated Sunderland 3–1 in the final.[3][4][5] This was their first League Cup trophy since 1976 and their third win overall.

First roundEdit

The draw for the first round took place on 17 June 2013 at 09:30 BST. Ties were played during the week commencing 5 August 2013.[6]

Second roundEdit

The draw for the second round took place on 8 August 2013 at 12:30 BST. All the Premier League clubs that were not partaking in European competition (UEFA Champions League or Europa League) entered in this round along with Reading who were one of the two best relegated teams from the prior season. Wigan Athletic, who were the other of the two best relegated teams did not enter in this round, due to winning the FA Cup and thus a place in the UEFA Europa League. They entered in the third round. All ties were played during the week commencing 26 August 2013.

Third roundEdit

The draw for the third round took place live on Sky Sports on 28 August 2013.[7][deprecated source] All the clubs partaking in European competition (holders Swansea City, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Wigan Athletic) entered here, as well as the winning teams from the second round. Only Crystal Palace from the Premier League failed to make it to the third round, and only Bristol City, Swindon Town, Peterborough United and Tranmere Rovers remained from League One.

Fourth roundEdit

The draw for the fourth round took place on 25 September 2013 live on Sky Sports.[8] All ties were originally to be played during the week commencing 28 October 2013,[9] but the game between Sunderland and Southampton was later moved to 6 November 2013.[10] Birmingham City, Burnley and Leicester City were the only teams outside of the Premier League left in the competition, all three compete in the Championship.

Fifth roundEdit

The draw for the fifth round took place on 30 October 2013.[11] All ties were played during the week commencing 16 December 2013.[9] Leicester City, who compete in the Championship, were the only team outside of the Premier League left in the competition.[12]


The draw for the semi-finals took place on 18 December 2013 after the televised game between Stoke City and Manchester United.

First legEdit

Second legEdit


Manchester City (1)3–1Sunderland (1)
Touré   55'
Nasri   56'
Navas   90'
Report Borini   10'
Attendance: 84,697

Top scorersEdit

Edin Džeko (left) and Álvaro Negredo, both playing for Manchester City, were joint top goalscorers in the competition with six goals each.
Rank Player Club Goals[13]
1 Edin Džeko Manchester City 6
Álvaro Negredo Manchester City
3 Lee Tomlin Peterborough United 5
4 Saido Berahino West Bromwich Albion 4
Danny Ings Burnley
Kenwyne Jones Stoke City
Hugo Rodallega Fulham
Javier Hernández Manchester United
Chris Wood Leicester City
10 David Amoo Carlisle United 3
Fabio Borini Sunderland
Matt Derbyshire Nottingham Forest
Lloyd Dyer Leicester City
Chris Martin Derby County
Yaya Touré Manchester City

Broadcasting rightsEdit

The domestic broadcasting rights for the competition were held by the subscription channel Sky Sports, who have held rights to the competition since 1996–97. During this season Sky had exclusive live broadcasting rights.

These matches were broadcast live by Sky Sports on television:

Round Live TV games
First round Preston North End vs Blackpool, Morecambe vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Second round Liverpool vs Notts County, Morecambe vs Newcastle United
Third round Swindon Town vs Chelsea, Manchester United vs Liverpool
Fourth round Arsenal vs Chelsea, Newcastle United vs Manchester City
Fifth Round Sunderland vs Chelsea, Stoke City vs Manchester United
Semi-finals (both legs) All Matches
Final Manchester City vs Sunderland


  1. ^ "Football League to use goal-line technology in Capital One Cup". BBC Sport.
  2. ^ "Sunderland 2–1 Chelsea". BBC Sport.
  3. ^ "Manchester City win League Cup as Touré wonder goal sparks comeback". Guardian. 2 March 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Manchester City 3 Sunderland 1: Yaya Toure hails his greatest ever goal in Capital One Cup final". The Independent. 2 March 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  5. ^ "Manchester City v Sunderland, Capital One Cup final: as it happened". Daily Telegraph. 2 March 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  6. ^ "Round 1 draw". Capital One Cup. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  7. ^ "Suarez's comeback is at OLD TRAFFORD as Capital One Cup draw pits bitter rivals United and Liverpool against each other". Daily Mail. 28 August 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  8. ^ "League Cup draw: Arsenal host Chelsea in fourth round". BBC Sport. 25 September 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2013.
  9. ^ a b "Competition Round Dates". FL Interactive Limited. Archived from the original on 30 August 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2013.
  10. ^ "Round 4 tie re-scheduled". CapitalOneCup. 18 October 2013. Archived from the original on 17 October 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2013.
  11. ^ "Round 5 draw details". Capital One Cup. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  12. ^ "Spurs to face West Ham in League Cup quarter-finals". BBC Sport. 30 October 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  13. ^ "Capital One Cup Stats: Top Goal Scorers – 2013/14". ESPN FC. Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN). Retrieved 27 August 2013.