2015–16 Football League Cup

The 2015–16 Football League Cup (known as the Capital One Cup for sponsorship purposes) was the 56th season of the Football League Cup. It began on 11 August 2015 and concluded on 28 February 2016.[1] It is a knock-out competition for the top 92 football clubs played in English football league system.

2015–16 Football League Cup
Capital One Cup, League Cup
Country England
 Wales
Dates11 August 2015 – 28 February 2016
Teams92
Defending championsChelsea
ChampionsManchester City (4th title)
Runners-upLiverpool
Matches played93
Goals scored284 (3.05 per match)
Attendance1,430,554 (15,382 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Kevin De Bruyne
(5 goals)

Chelsea were the defending champions, having beaten Tottenham Hotspur 2–0 in the previous season's final.[2] However, they were eliminated in the fourth round by Stoke City on penalties.

Manchester City won the final on 28 February, defeating Liverpool 3–1 in a penalty shoot-out after the match had finished 1–1 after extra-time.[3]

This was the final season in which the tournament was known as the Football League Cup, as it was renamed the EFL Cup in 2016 after the Football League was rebranded as the English Football League (EFL).[4]

FormatEdit

The League Cup is open to all 92 members of the Premier League and the Football League and is divided into seven rounds, organised so that 32 teams remain by the third round.[5] Teams involved in European competition during the season receive a bye to the third round, the remaining Premier League teams enter at the second round, and the remaining Football League teams enter at the first round.[5]

The League Cup is played as a knockout cup competition with each tie, except semi-finals, being played as a single match with the winner advancing to the next round. The semi-finals are played over two legs, with each team playing one leg at home, and the team that scores more goals on aggregate over the two legs advances to the finals. If the score is level after 90 minutes, or if the aggregate score is level for semi-finals, then thirty minutes of extra time is played, divided into two fifteen-minutes halves. If the aggregate scores in semi-finals are still level at the end of extra time the tie shall be decided by goals scored away from home counting twice, according to away goals rule. If the tie has not been decided during extra time, it will be decided by penalty shoot-out.[6]

In the first five rounds, the team drawn first will play at home ground, and in the semi-finals the team drawn first will play the first leg at home. The final shall be played on a neutral ground.[6]

Team allocationEdit

92 teams from the top four English tiers (Premier League, Football League Championship, Football League One and Football League Two) participated.

DistributionEdit

The tournament was organised so that 32 teams remained by the third round.[5] Teams involved in European competition received a bye to the third round, the remaining Premier League teams entered at the second round, and the remaining Football League teams entered at the first round.[5]

  • Teams involved in European competition enter at the third round.
  • The remaining Premier League teams entered at the second round.
  • The remaining Football League teams entered at the first round.
Clubs entering in this round Clubs advancing from previous round
First round
(72 clubs)
  • 24 clubs from Football League Two
  • 24 clubs from Football League One
  • 24 clubs from Football League Championship
  • N/A
Second round
(48 clubs)
  • 12 Premier League clubs (not involved in European competition)
  • 36 winners from first round
Third round
(32 clubs)
  • 8 Premier League clubs (involved in European competition)
  • 24 winners from second round
Fourth round
(16 clubs)
  • No other entries
  • 16 winners from third round
Fifth round
(8 clubs)
  • No other entries
  • 8 winners from fourth round
Semi-finals
(4 clubs)
  • No other entries
  • 4 winners from fifth round
Final
(2 clubs)
  • No other entries
  • 2 winners from semi-finals

TeamsEdit

The labels in the parentheses show how each team qualified for the place of its starting round (the numbers are positions from previous league season meaning that teams promoted to Premier League is listed as Championship teams but ranked above the teams relegated to Football League Championship, and the same applies for all other promotions and relegations):

  • PL: Premier League
  • CH: Football League Championship
  • L1: Football League One
  • L2: Football League Two
  • FC: Football Conference
  • 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, etc.: League position
Third round
Chelsea (PL 1st) Arsenal (PL 3rd) Tottenham Hotspur (PL 5th) Southampton (PL 7th)
Manchester City (PL 2nd) Manchester United (PL 4th) Liverpool (PL 6th) West Ham United (PL 12th)
Second round
Swansea City (PL 8th) Everton (PL 11th) Newcastle United (PL 15th) AFC Bournemouth (CH 1st)
Stoke City (PL 9th) West Bromwich Albion (PL 13th) Sunderland (PL 16th) Watford (CH 2nd)
Crystal Palace (PL 10th) Leicester City (PL 14th) Aston Villa (PL 17th) Norwich City (CH 3rd)
First round
Hull City (PL 18th) Reading (CH 19th) Doncaster Rovers (L1 13th) Plymouth Argyle (L2 7th)
Burnley (PL 19th) Brighton & Hove Albion (CH 20th) Walsall (L1 14th) Luton Town (L2 8th)
Queens Park Rangers (PL 20th) Rotherham United (CH 21st) Oldham Athletic (L1 15th) Newport County (L2 9th)
Middlesbrough (CH 4th) Bristol City (L1 1st) Scunthorpe United (L1 16th) Exeter City (L2 10th)
Brentford (CH 5th) Milton Keynes Dons (L1 2nd) Coventry City (L1 17th) Morecambe (L2 11th)
Ipswich Town (CH 6th) Preston North End (L1 3rd) Port Vale (L1 18th) Northampton Town (L2 12th)
Wolverhampton Wanderers (CH 7th) Millwall (CH 22nd) Colchester United (L1 19th) Oxford United (L2 13th)
Derby County (CH 8th) Wigan Athletic (CH 23rd) Crewe Alexandra (L1 20th) Dagenham & Redbridge (L2 14th)
Blackburn Rovers (CH 9th) Blackpool (CH 24th) Burton Albion (L2 1st) AFC Wimbledon (L2 15th)
Birmingham City (CH 10th) Swindon Town (L1 4th) Shrewsbury Town (L2 2nd) Portsmouth (L2 16th)
Cardiff City (CH 11th) Sheffield United (L1 5th) Bury (L2 3rd) Accrington Stanley (L2 17th)
Charlton Athletic (CH 12th) Chesterfield (L1 6th) Southend United (L2 5th) York City (L2 18th)
Sheffield Wednesday (CH 13th) Bradford City (L1 7th) Notts County (L1 21st) Cambridge United (L2 19th)
Nottingham Forest (CH 14th) Rochdale (L1 8th) Crawley Town (L1 22nd) Carlisle United (L2 20th)
Leeds United (CH 15th) Peterborough United (L1 9th) Leyton Orient (L1 23rd) Mansfield Town (L2 21st)
Huddersfield Town (CH 16th) Fleetwood Town (L1 10th) Yeovil Town (L1 24th) Hartlepool United (L2 22nd)
Fulham (CH 17th) Barnsley (L1 11th) Wycombe Wanderers (L2 4th) Barnet (FC 1st)
Bolton Wanderers (CH 18th) Gillingham (L1 12th) Stevenage (L2 6th) Bristol Rovers (FC 2nd)

Round and draw datesEdit

The schedule was as follows.[1][7]

Round Draw date First leg Second leg
First round 16 June 2015[8] 10 August 2015
Second round 13 August 2015[9] 24 August 2015
Third round 25 August 2015[10] 21 September 2015
Fourth round 23 September 2015[11] 26 October 2015
Fifth round 28 October 2015 30 November 2015
Semi-finals 2 December 2015 4 January 2016 25 January 2016
Final 28 February 2016

Note: Matches are played the week commencing on dates above, except the final which is fixed on the 28 February 2016.

First roundEdit

SeedingEdit

A total of 72 teams played in the first round: 24 teams from League Two (tier 4), 24 teams from League One (tier 3), and 24 teams from the Championship (tier 2).[8] The draw for the first round was held on 16 June 2015.[12] (Note: The numbers in parentheses are the tier for the team during the 2015–16 season.)

Seeded Unseeded

Barnsley (3)
Birmingham City (2)
Blackburn Rovers (2)
Blackpool (3)
Bolton Wanderers (2)
Bradford City (3)
Brentford (2)
Brighton & Hove Albion (2)
Bristol City (2)
Burnley (2)
Cardiff City (2)
Charlton Athletic (2)

Chesterfield (3)
Derby County (2)
Fleetwood Town (3)
Fulham (2)
Gillingham (3)
Huddersfield Town (2)
Hull City (2)
Ipswich Town
Leeds United (2)
Middlesbrough (2)
Millwall (3)
Milton Keynes Dons (2)

Nottingham Forest (2)
Peterborough United (3)
Preston North End (2)
Queens Park Rangers (2)
Reading (2)
Rochdale (3)
Rotherham United (2)
Sheffield United (3)
Sheffield Wednesday (2)
Swindon Town (3)
Wigan Athletic (3)
Wolverhampton Wanderers (2)

Accrington Stanley (4)
AFC Wimbledon (4)
Barnet (4)
Bristol Rovers (4)
Burton Albion (3)
Bury (3)
Cambridge United (4)
Carlisle United (4)
Colchester United (3)
Coventry City (3)
Crawley Town (4)
Crewe Alexandra (3)

Dagenham & Redbridge (4)
Doncaster Rovers (3)
Exeter City (4)
Hartlepool United (4)
Leyton Orient (4)
Luton Town (4)
Mansfield Town (4)
Morecambe (4)
Newport County (4)
Northampton Town (4)
Notts County (4)
Oldham Athletic (3)

Oxford United (4)
Plymouth Argyle (4)
Port Vale (3)
Portsmouth (4)
Scunthorpe United (3)
Shrewsbury Town (3)
Southend United (3)
Stevenage (4)
Walsall (3)
Wycombe Wanderers (4)
Yeovil Town (4)
York City (4)

MatchesEdit

The matches were played in the week commencing 10 August 2015.[1][7]

11 August 2015 Accrington Stanley (4)2–2 (a.e.t.)
(3–4 p)
Hull City (2) Accrington
19:45 BST Crooks   105'
Gornell   115'
Report Akpom   92'
Luer   108'
Stadium: Crown Ground
Attendance: 2,118
Referee: David Webb
Penalties
Mingoia  
Windass  
Kee  
McConville  
Gornell  
Crooks  
  Luer
  Maguire
  Huddlestone
  Akpom
  Meyler
  Davies
11 August 2015 Blackburn Rovers (2)1–2 Shrewsbury Town (3) Blackburn
19:45 BST Lawrence   30' (o.g.) Report Collins   9'
Barnett   32'
Stadium: Ewood Park
Attendance: 5,280
Referee: Geoff Eltringham
11 August 2015 Brentford (2)0–4 Oxford United (4) Brentford, London
19:45 BST Report Sercombe   5'
Hylton   9'
Roofe   12'
Mullins   54'
Stadium: Griffin Park
Attendance: 5,177
Referee: Lee Collins
11 August 2015 Bristol Rovers (4)1–2 Birmingham City (2) Bristol
19:45 BST Harrison   65' Report Maghoma   57'
Shinnie   68'
Stadium: Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 5,650
Referee: Andy Davies
11 August 2015 Cardiff City (2) 1–0AFC Wimbledon (4)Cardiff, Wales
19:45 BST Noone   45' Report Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium
Attendance: 6,314
Referee: Brendan Malone
11 August 2015 Carlisle United (4) 3–1 (a.e.t.)Chesterfield (3)Carlisle
19:45 BST Ibehre   75'108'
Osei   120'
Report Dieseruvwe   84' Stadium: Brunton Park
Attendance: 2,950
Referee: Sebastian Stockbridge
11 August 2015 Charlton Athletic (2) 4–1Dagenham & Redbridge (4)Charlton, London
19:45 BST Watt   26'
Ahearne-Grant   40'
Bergdich   57'
Ghoochannejhad   77'
Report Doidge   69' Stadium: The Valley
Attendance: 5,100
Referee: Stuart Attwell
11 August 2015 Colchester United (3)0–1 (a.e.t.) Reading (2) Colchester
19:45 BST Report Gunter   115' Stadium: Colchester Community Stadium
Attendance: 2,706
Referee: Darren Drysdale
11 August 2015 Fleetwood Town (3)0–1 Hartlepool United (4) Fleetwood
19:45 BST Report Paynter   58' Stadium: Highbury Stadium
Attendance: 1,892
Referee: Gary Sutton
11 August 2015 Huddersfield Town (2)1–2 Notts County (4) Huddersfield
19:45 BST Wallace   35' Report Noble   42'56' Stadium: John Smith's Stadium
Attendance: 4,238
Referee: Jeremy Simpson
11 August 2015 Ipswich Town (2) 2–1Stevenage (4)Ipswich
19:45 BST Yorwerth   55'
Tabb   76'
Report Berra   34' (o.g.) Stadium: Portman Road
Attendance: 10,449
Referee: Frederick Graham
11 August 2015 Luton Town (4) 3–1Bristol City (2)Luton
19:45 BST Marriott   44'63'
Benson   59'
Report Robinson   71' Stadium: Kenilworth Road
Attendance: 3,948
Referee: James Linington
11 August 2015 Millwall (3)1–2 (a.e.t.) Barnet (4) Bermondsey, London
19:45 BST Morison   76' Report Akinde   11' (pen.)
Yiadom   102'
Stadium: The Den
Attendance: 4,454
Referee: Andrew Madley
11 August 2015 Milton Keynes Dons (2) 2–1Leyton Orient (4)Milton Keynes
19:45 BST Baudry   90' (o.g.)
Baker   90'
Report Lewington   36' (o.g.) Stadium: Stadium mk
Attendance: 5,444
Referee: Simon Hooper
11 August 2015 Morecambe (4)0–1 Sheffield United (3) Morecambe
19:45 BST Report Collins   90' Stadium: Globe Arena
Attendance: 2,168
Referee: Stephen Martin
11 August 2015 Northampton Town (4) 3–0Blackpool (3)Northampton
19:45 BST Hackett   20'
Calvert-Lewin   24'
Hoskins   29'
Report Stadium: Sixfields Stadium
Attendance: 2,549
Referee: James Adcock
11 August 2015 Nottingham Forest (2)3–4 Walsall (3) Nottingham
19:45 BST Walker   32'
Antonio   81'90'
Report Bradshaw   11'14'90' (pen.)
Sawyers   79'
Stadium: City Ground
Attendance: 5,237
Referee: Darren Handley
11 August 2015 Peterborough United (3) 2–0Crawley Town (4)Peterborough
19:45 BST Washington   2'
Maddison   49'
Report Stadium: London Road Stadium
Attendance: 2,500
Referee: Rob Lewis
11 August 2015 Plymouth Argyle (4)1–2 Gillingham (3) Plymouth
19:45 BST Tanner   78' Report Dack   85'
Hessenthaler   87'
Stadium: Home Park
Attendance: 5,120
Referee: Kevin Johnson
11 August 2015 Port Vale (3) 1–0Burnley (2)Burslem
19:45 BST Moore   82' Report Stadium: Vale Park
Attendance: 4,634
Referee: Trevor Kettle
11 August 2015 Rochdale (3) 1–1 (a.e.t.)
(5–3 p)
Coventry City (3)Rochdale
19:45 BST McDermott   45' Report Tudgay   84' Stadium: Spotland Stadium
Attendance: 1,986
Referee: Eddie Ilderton
Penalties
Rose  
Henderson  
Kennedy  
Rafferty  
Andrew  
  Tudgay
  Morris
  Maddison
  Lameiras
11 August 2015 Rotherham United (2) 1–0Cambridge United (4)Rotherham
19:45 BST Bowery   45' Report Stadium: New York Stadium
Attendance: 4,568
Referee: Christopher Sarginson
11 August 2015 Scunthorpe United (3)1–1 (a.e.t.)
(6–7 p)
Barnsley (3) Scunthorpe
19:45 BST Madden   52' (pen.) Report Scowen   47' (pen.) Stadium: Glanford Park
Attendance: 3,003
Referee: Graham Salisbury
Penalties
Madden  
Hopper  
Adelakun  
Laird  
Bishop  
Van Veen  
Mirfin  
McAllister  
  Winnall
  Hourihane
  Scowen
  Mawson
  Roberts
  Pearson
  Nyatanga
  Bree
11 August 2015 Sheffield Wednesday (2) 4–1Mansfield Town (4)Sheffield
19:45 BST João   13'
Semedo   19'
Lee   53'
Sougou   84'
Report Tafazolli   45' Stadium: Hillsborough Stadium
Attendance: 14,021
Referee: Mark Brown
11 August 2015 Southend United (3)0–1 Brighton & Hove Albion (2) Southend
19:45 BST Report LuaLua   90' Stadium: Roots Hall
Attendance: 4,485
Referee: Iain Williamson
11 August 2015 Swindon Town (3)1–2 Exeter City (4) Swindon
19:45 BST Obika   65' Report Nicholls   37'
Wheeler   42'
Stadium: County Ground
Attendance: 4,693
Referee: Charles Breakspear
11 August 2015 Wigan Athletic (3)1–2 Bury (3) Wigan
19:45 BST Grigg   46' (pen.) Report L. Clarke   63'89' (pen.) Stadium: DW Stadium
Attendance: 5,484
Referee: Mark Heywood
11 August 2015 Wolverhampton Wanderers (2) 2–1Newport County (4)Wolverhampton
19:45 BST Dicko   16'
Afobe   58' (pen.)
Report Boden   6' Stadium: Molineux Stadium
Attendance: 9,586
Referee: Darren Bond
11 August 2015 Wycombe Wanderers (4)0–1 Fulham (2) High Wycombe
19:45 BST Report Kačaniklić   69' Stadium: Adams Park
Attendance: 4,012
Referee: Gavin Ward
11 August 2015 Yeovil Town (4)0–3 Queens Park Rangers (2) Yeovil
19:45 BST Report Polter   16'
Emmanuel-Thomas   20'
Onouha   56'
Stadium: Huish Park
Attendance: 4,058
Referee: Oliver Langford
11 August 2015 York City (4) 2–2 (a.e.t.)
(4–2 p)
Bradford City (3)York
19:45 BST Summerfield   49' (pen.)
James Berrett   85'
Report Routis   21'
Hanson   90'
Stadium: Bootham Crescent
Attendance: 4,201
Referee: Mark Haywood
Penalties
Lowe  
Hyde  
Berrett  
Thompson  
Carson  
  McMahon
  Morris
  Routis
  Hanson
11 August 2015 Bolton Wanderers (2)0–1 Burton Albion (3) Bolton
20:00 BST Report Palmer   87' Stadium: Macron Stadium
Attendance: 5,842
Referee: Richard Clark
12 August 2015 Crewe Alexandra (3)1–3 Preston North End (2) Crewe
19:45 BST King   36' Report Hugill   5' (pen.)
Keane   13'
Brownhill   86'
Stadium: Gresty Road
Attendance: 2,852
Referee: Scott Duncan
12 August 2015 Oldham Athletic (3)1–3 Middlesbrough (2) Oldham
19:45 BST Philliskirk   90' Report Wildschut   23'
Stuani   41'61'
Stadium: Boundary Park
Attendance: 4,182
Referee: Carl Boyeson
12 August 2015 Portsmouth (4) 2–1Derby County (2)Portsmouth
19:45 BST McGurk   49'
Chaplin   76'
Report Shackell   73' Stadium: Fratton Park
Attendance: 11,573
Referee: Paul Tierney
13 August 2015 Doncaster Rovers (3) 1–1 (a.e.t.)
(4–2 p)
Leeds United (2)Doncaster
19:45 BST Williams   31' (pen.) Report L. Cook   14' Stadium: Keepmoat Stadium
Attendance: 8,361
Referee: Keith Hill
Penalties
Tyson  
Williams  
Forrester  
Wellens  
  Antenucci
  Murphy
  Byram
  Wood

Second roundEdit

SeedingEdit

A total of 48 teams play in the second round: 12 teams which enter in this round, and the 36 winners of the first round. The 12 teams entering this round are the teams from the 2015–16 Premier League not involved in any European competition.[9] The draw for the second round was held on 13 August 2015.[13] (Note: The numbers in parentheses are the tier for the team during the 2015–16 season.)

Seeded Unseeded

AFC Bournemouth (1)
Aston Villa (1)
Birmingham City (2)
Brighton & Hove Albion (2)
Cardiff City (2)
Charlton Athletic (2)
Crystal Palace (1)
Everton (1)
Fulham (2)
Hull City (2)
Ipswich Town (2)
Leicester City (1)

Middlesbrough (2)
Newcastle United (1)
Norwich City (1)
Queens Park Rangers (2)
Reading (2)
Sheffield Wednesday (2)
Stoke City (1)
Sunderland (1)
Swansea City (1)
Watford (1)
West Bromwich Albion (1)
Wolverhampton Wanderers (2)

Barnet (4)
Barnsley (3)
Burton Albion (3)
Bury (3)
Carlisle United (4)
Doncaster Rovers (3)
Exeter City (4)
Gillingham (3)
Hartlepool United (4)
Luton Town (4)
Milton Keynes Dons (2)
Northampton Town (4)

Notts County (4)
Oxford United (4)
Peterborough United (3)
Port Vale (3)
Portsmouth (4)
Preston North End (2)
Rochdale (3)
Rotherham United (2)
Sheffield United (3)
Shrewsbury Town (3)
Walsall (3)
York City (4)

MatchesEdit

The matches were played in the week commencing 24 August 2015.[1][7]

25 August 2015 Aston Villa (1) 5–3 (a.e.t.)Notts County (4)Aston, Birmingham
19:45 BST Traoré   24'
Sinclair   50'78' (pen.)99'
Bennett   111'
Report Snijders   16'
Stead   45' (pen.)
Burke   56'
Stadium: Villa Park
Attendance: 21,430
Referee: Christopher Kavanagh
25 August 2015 Walsall (3) 2–1Brighton & Hove Albion (2)Walsall
19:45 BST Lalkovič   65'
Henry   86'
Report Jake Forster-Caskey   39' (pen.) Stadium: Bescot Stadium
Attendance: 2,968
Referee: Peter Bankes
25 August 2015 Crystal Palace (1) 4–1 (a.e.t.)Shrewsbury Town (3)Selhurst, London
19:45 BST Gayle   41' (pen.)
Murray   95' (pen.)
Lee Chung-yong   97'
Zaha   114'
Report Tootle   9' Stadium: Selhurst Park
Attendance: 10,978
Referee: Darren Bond
25 August 2015 Sheffield Wednesday (2) 1–0Oxford United (4)Sheffield
19:45 BST Nuhiu   55' Report Stadium: Hillsborough Stadium
Attendance: 11,799
Referee: David Webb
25 August 2015 Portsmouth (4)1–2 Reading (2) Portsmouth
19:45 BST Chaplin   40' Report Blackman   64'
McCleary   84'
Stadium: Fratton Park
Attendance: 18,190
Referee: Gavin Ward
25 August 2015 Hartlepool United (4)0–4 AFC Bournemouth (1) Hartlepool
19:45 BST Report Kermorgant   30'
Gosling   34'
Stanislas   44'64'
Stadium: Victoria Park
Attendance: 4,890
Referee: Carl Boyeson
25 August 2015 Fulham (2) 3–0Sheffield United (3)London
19:45 BST McCormack   62' (pen.)75'
Dembélé   90'
Report Stadium: Craven Cottage
Attendance: 5,927
Referee: Dean Whitestone
25 August 2015 Milton Keynes Dons (2) 2–1 (a.e.t.)Cardiff City (2)Milton Keynes
19:45 BST Baker  78'
Murphy  108'
Report Revell  53' Stadium: Stadium:MK
Attendance: 5,617
Referee: Tim Robinson
25 August 2015 Hull City (2) 1–0Rochdale (3)Kingston upon Hull
19:45 BST Luer   9' Report Stadium: KC Stadium
Attendance: 10,430
Referee: Mark Haywood
25 August 2015 Sunderland (1) 6–3Exeter City (4)Sunderland
19:45 BST Rodwell   12'64'
Defoe   16'39'87'
Watmore   78'
Report Oyeleke   19'
Wheeler   31'
McCready   43'
Stadium: Stadium of Light
Attendance: 14,360
Referee: Stuart Attwell
25 August 2015 Bury (3)1–4 Leicester City (1) Bury
19:45 BST Mayor   49' Report Dodoo   25'86'90'
Kramarić   41'
Stadium: Gigg Lane
Attendance: 4,914
Referee: Andrew Madley
25 August 2015 Doncaster Rovers (3)1–4 (a.e.t.) Ipswich Town (2) Doncaster
19:45 BST Williams   23' Report Pitman   58'
McGoldrick   102'
Alabi   105'
Fraser   113'
Stadium: Keepmoat Stadium
Attendance: 3,729
Referee: Scott Duncan
25 August 2015 Rotherham United (2)1–2 Norwich City (1) Rotherham
19:45 BST Green  80' Report Howson  22'
van Wolfswinkel  68'
Stadium: New York Stadium
Attendance: 5,648
Referee: Kevin Wright
25 August 2015 Swansea City (1) 3–0York City (4)Swansea
19:45 BST Dyer   2'
Grimes   64'
Emnes   88'
Report Stadium: Liberty Stadium
Attendance: 10,174
Referee: James Adcock
25 August 2015 Queens Park Rangers (2)1–2 Carlisle United (4) London
19:45 BST Emmanuel-Thomas   40' Report Asamoah   37'
Kennedy   79'
Stadium: Loftus Road
Attendance: 5,501
Referee: James Linington
25 August 2015 Peterborough United (3)1–4 Charlton Athletic (2) Peterborough
19:45 BST J Anderson   90' Report Kennedy   3'
Ahearne-Grant   53' (pen.)
Kashi   76'
Vetokele   87'
Stadium: London Road
Attendance: 2,771
Referee: Gary Sutton
25 August 2015 Birmingham City (2) 2–0Gillingham (3)Birmingham
19:45 BST Thomas   35'72' Report Stadium: St Andrew's
Attendance: 9,275
Referee: Graham Salisbury
25 August 2015 Newcastle United (1) 4–1Northampton Town (4)Newcastle-upon-Tyne
19:45 BST Thauvin   3'
de Jong   8'
Janmaat   56'
Williamson   63'
Report Richards   10' (pen.) Stadium: St James' Park
Attendance: 26,923
Referee: David Coote
25 August 2015 Wolverhampton Wanderers (2) 2–1Barnet (4)Wolverhampton
19:45 BST Enobokhare   3'
Ojo   58'
Report Dembélé   76' Stadium: Molineux Stadium
Attendance: 7,384
Referee: Mark Heywood
25 August 2015 Burton Albion (3)1–2 (a.e.t.) Middlesbrough (2) Burton upon Trent
19:45 BST Friend   24' (o.g.) Report Stuani   70'109' Stadium: Pirelli Stadium
Attendance: 3,414
Referee: Mark Brown
25 August 2015 Luton Town (4)1–1 (a.e.t.)
(7–8 p)
Stoke City (1) Luton
19:45 BST McGeehan   90' Report Walters   67' Stadium: Kenilworth Road
Attendance: 6,099
Referee: Paul Tierney
Penalties
Benson  
McGeehan  
Lee  
Wilkinson  
Hall  
O'Donnell  
Smith  
Griffiths  
  Walters
  Joselu
  Bardsley
  Sidwell
  Wilson
  Diouf
  Wollscheid
  Cameron
25 August 2015 Preston North End (2) 1–0Watford (1)Preston
19:45 BST Vermijl   8' Report Stadium: Deepdale
Attendance: 6,250
Referee: Stephen Martin
25 August 2015 West Bromwich Albion (1) 0–0 (a.e.t.)
(5–3 p)
Port Vale (3)West Bromwich
20:00 BST Report Stadium: The Hawthorns
Attendance: 13,915
Referee: Keith Stroud
Penalties
Lambert  
Yacob  
McManaman  
Fletcher  
Chester  
  Leitch-Smith
  Duffy
  Purkiss
  Foley
26 August 2015 Barnsley (3)3–5 (a.e.t.) Everton (1) Barnsley
19:45 BST Winnall   22'
Watkins   28'
Crowley   60'
Report Mirallas   51'
Naismith   59'
Lukaku   78'115'
Roberts   96' (o.g.)
Stadium: Oakwell
Attendance: 12,290
Referee: Simon Hooper

Third roundEdit

TeamsEdit

A total of 32 teams play in the third round: 8 teams which enter in this round, and the 24 winners of the second round. The 8 teams entering this round are the teams from the 2015–16 Premier League involved in European competition in the 2015–16 season. There was no seeding in this round. The lowest ranked team in this round is Carlisle United who play in the Football League Two in the fourth division of English football.[14]

MatchesEdit

The matches were played in the week commencing 21 September 2015.[1][7]

22 September 2015 Middlesbrough (2) 3–0Wolverhampton Wanderers (2)Middlesbrough
19:45 BST Adomah   37'64'
Fabbrini   57'
Report Stadium: Riverside Stadium
Attendance: 13,368
Referee: Kevin Wright
22 September 2015 Hull City (2) 1–0Swansea City (1)Kingston upon Hull
19:45 BST Meyler   41' Report Stadium: KC Stadium
Attendance: 16,286
Referee: James Linington
22 September 2015 Leicester City (1) 2–1 (a.e.t.)West Ham United (1)Leicester
19:45 BST Dodoo   6'
King   116'
Report Zárate   27' Stadium: King Power Stadium
Attendance: 21,268
Referee: Peter Bankes
22 September 2015 Aston Villa (1) 1–0Birmingham City (2)Aston, Birmingham
19:45 BST Gestede   62' Report Stadium: Villa Park
Attendance: 34,442
Referee: Robert Madley
22 September 2015 Fulham (2)0–1 Stoke City (1) Fulham, London
19:45 BST Report Crouch   33' Stadium: Craven Cottage
Attendance: 9,100
Referee: Stuart Attwell
22 September 2015 Sunderland (1)1–4 Manchester City (1) Sunderland
19:45 BST Toivonen   83' Report Agüero   9' (pen.)
De Bruyne   25'
Mannone   33' (o.g.)
Sterling   36'
Stadium: Stadium of Light
Attendance: 21,644
Referee: Roger East
22 September 2015 Preston North End (2)2–2 (a.e.t.)
(2–3 p)
AFC Bournemouth (1) Preston
19:45 BST Hugill   84'
Johnson   118' (pen.)
Report MacDonald   23'
Pugh   96'
Stadium: Deepdale
Attendance: 5,643
Referee: Nigel Miller
Penalties
Hugill  
Keane  
Reid  
Browne  
Johnson  
  Stanislas
  Cook
  Gosling
  Pugh
22 September 2015 Reading (2)1–2 Everton (1) Reading
20:00 BST Blackman   36' Report Barkley   62'
Deulofeu   73'
Stadium: Madejski Stadium
Attendance: 19,435
Referee: Keith Hill
23 September 2015 Norwich City (1) 3–0West Bromwich Albion (1)Norwich
19:45 BST Jarvis   62'
Lafferty   85'
Pocognoli   90' (o.g.)
Report Stadium: Carrow Road
Attendance: 19,015
Referee: Craig Pawson
23 September 2015 Tottenham Hotspur (1)1–2 Arsenal (1) Tottenham, London
19:45 BST Chambers   56' (o.g.) Report Flamini   26'78' Stadium: White Hart Lane
Attendance: 35,687
Referee: Andre Marriner
23 September 2015 Crystal Palace (1) 4–1Charlton Athletic (2)Selhurst, London
19:45 BST Campbell   51'
Gayle   59' (pen.)74' (pen.)86'
Report Sarr   65' Stadium: Selhurst Park
Attendance: 16,576
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
23 September 2015 Newcastle United (1)0–1 Sheffield Wednesday (2) Newcastle-upon-Tyne
19:45 BST Report McGugan   76' Stadium: St James' Park
Attendance: 33,986
Referee: Christopher Kavanagh
23 September 2015 Walsall (3)1–4 Chelsea (1) Walsall
19:45 BST O'Connor   45' Report Ramires   10'
Rémy   41'
Kenedy   52'
Pedro   90'
Stadium: Bescot Stadium
Attendance: 10,525
Referee: Lee Mason
23 September 2015 Milton Keynes Dons (2)0–6 Southampton (1) Milton Keynes
19:45 BST Report Rodriguez   5'48' (pen.)
Mané   10'25'
Long   68'75'
Stadium: Stadium:mk
Attendance: 10,189
Referee: Keith Stroud
23 September 2015 Manchester United (1) 3–0Ipswich Town (2)Old Trafford, Manchester
20:00 BST Rooney   23'
Pereira   60'
Martial   90+2'
Report Stadium: Old Trafford
Attendance: 56,607
Referee: Simon Hooper
23 September 2015 Liverpool (1) 1–1 (a.e.t.)
(3–2 p)
Carlisle United (4)Liverpool
20:00 BST Ings   23' Report Asamoah   34' Stadium: Anfield
Attendance: 42,518
Referee: Andrew Madley
Penalties
Milner  
Can  
Lallana  
Coutinho  
Ings  
  Grainger
  Dicker
  Joyce
  McQueen
  Héry

Fourth roundEdit

TeamsEdit

A total of 16 teams play in the fourth round, all winners of the third round. There is no seeding in this round. The draw for the fourth round was held on 23 September 2015 after the North London derby.[11] (Note: The numbers in parentheses are the tier for the team during the 2015–16 season.) The lowest ranked teams in this round are Hull City, Middlesbrough, and Sheffield Wednesday who all play in the Football League Championship in the second division of English football.[15]

MatchesEdit

The matches were played in the week commencing 26 October 2015.[1][7][16]

27 October 2015 Everton (1) 1–1 (a.e.t.)
(4–3 p)
Norwich City (1)Liverpool
19:45 GMT Osman   68' Report Bassong   51' Stadium: Goodison Park
Attendance: 31,694
Referee: Roger East
Penalties
Deulofeu  
Barkley  
Lukaku  
Gibson  
  Dorrans
  Whittaker
  Hoolahan
  Grabban
  Redmond
27 October 2015 Sheffield Wednesday (2) 3–0Arsenal (1)Sheffield
19:45 GMT Wallace   27'
Lucas João   40'
Hutchinson   51'
Report Stadium: Hillsborough Stadium
Attendance: 35,065
Referee: Graham Scott
27 October 2015 Hull City (2) 1–1 (a.e.t.)
(5–4 p)
Leicester City (1)Kingston upon Hull
19:45 GMT Hernández   106' Report Mahrez   100' Stadium: KC Stadium
Attendance: 16,818
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Penalties
Hernández  
Maloney  
Huddlestone  
Akpom  
Meyler  
  Mahrez
  Drinkwater
  Inler
  Wasilewski
  Vardy
27 October 2015 Stoke City (1) 1–1 (a.e.t.)
(5–4 p)
Chelsea (1)Stoke-on-Trent
19:45 GMT Walters   52' Report Rémy   90+1' Stadium: Britannia Stadium
Attendance: 24,886
Referee: Kevin Friend
Penalties
Adam  
Odemwingie  
Shaqiri  
Wilson  
Arnautović  
  Willian
  Oscar
  Rémy
  Zouma
  Hazard
28 October 2015 Manchester City (1) 5–1Crystal Palace (1)Manchester
19:45 GMT Bony   22'
De Bruyne   44'
Iheanacho   59'
Yaya Touré   76' (pen.)
García   90'
Report Delaney   89' Stadium: Etihad Stadium
Attendance: 40,585
Referee: Paul Tierney
28 October 2015 Liverpool (1) 1–0AFC Bournemouth (1)Liverpool
19:45 GMT Clyne   17' Report Stadium: Anfield
Attendance: 41,948
Referee: Mike Jones
28 October 2015 Southampton (1) 2–1Aston Villa (1)Southampton
19:45 GMT Yoshida   51'
Pellè   77'
Report Sinclair   90' (pen.) Stadium: St Mary's Stadium
Attendance: 31,314
Referee: Keith Stroud
28 October 2015 Manchester United (1)0–0 (a.e.t.)
(1–3 p)
Middlesbrough (2) Manchester
20:00 GMT Report Stadium: Old Trafford
Attendance: 67,258[17]
Referee: Lee Mason
Penalties
Rooney  
Pereira  
Carrick  
Young  
Leadbitter  
Nugent  
Downing  
Gibson  

Fifth roundEdit

TeamsEdit

A total of 8 teams play in the fifth round, all winners of the fourth round. There is no seeding in this round. The draw for the fifth round was held on 28 October after the completion of the fourth round.[18]

MatchesEdit

The matches were played in the week commencing 30 November 2015.[1][7] The lowest ranked teams in this round are Hull City, Middlesbrough, and Sheffield Wednesday who all play in the Football League Championship in the second division of English football.

1 December 2015 Middlesbrough (2)0–2 Everton (1) Middlesbrough
19:45 GMT Report Deulofeu   20'
Lukaku   28'
Stadium: Riverside Stadium
Attendance: 31,628
Referee: Roger East
1 December 2015 Stoke City (1) 2–0Sheffield Wednesday (2)Stoke-on-Trent
19:45 GMT Afellay   30'
Bardsley   75'
Report Stadium: Britannia Stadium
Attendance: 26,779
Referee: Jon Moss[19]
1 December 2015 Manchester City (1) 4–1Hull City (2)Manchester
19:45 GMT Bony   12'
Iheanacho   80'
De Bruyne   82'87'
Report Robertson   90+2' Stadium: Etihad Stadium
Attendance: 38,246
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
2 December 2015 Southampton (1)1–6 Liverpool (1) Southampton
19:45 GMT Mané   1' Report Sturridge   25'29'
Origi   45'68'86'
Ibe   73'
Stadium: St Mary's Stadium
Attendance: 31,592
Referee: Robert Madley

Semi-finalsEdit

TeamsEdit

A total of four teams played in the Semi-finals, all winners of the fifth round. There was no seeding in this round. The draw for the semi-final was held on 2 December 2015 and all of the teams were from Premier League (top tier).[20]

MatchesEdit

The semi-finals are played over two legs, with each team playing one leg at home, and the team that scores more goals on aggregate over the two legs advances to the finals.

First legEdit

The first leg matches were played on 5 and 6 January 2016.[1][7]

5 January 2016 (2016-01-05) Stoke City (1) 0−1 Liverpool (1) Stoke-on-Trent
20:00 GMT Report Ibe   37' Stadium: Britannia Stadium
Attendance: 27,369
Referee: Anthony Taylor
6 January 2016 (2016-01-06) Everton (1) 2–1 Manchester City (1) Liverpool
20:00 GMT Funes Mori   45'
Lukaku   78'
Report Navas   76' Stadium: Goodison Park
Attendance: 34,027
Referee: Robert Madley

Second legEdit

The second leg were played on 26 and 27 January 2016.[1][7]

26 January 2016 (2016-01-26) Liverpool (1) 0−1 (a.e.t.)
(1−1 agg.)
(6−5 p)
Stoke City (1)Liverpool
19:45 GMT Report Arnautović   45+1' Stadium: Anfield
Attendance: 43,091
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Penalties
Lallana  
Can  
Benteke  
Firmino  
Milner  
Lucas  
Allen  
  Walters
  Crouch
  Whelan
  Afellay
  Shaqiri
  Van Ginkel
  Muniesa
27 January 2016 (2016-01-27) Manchester City (1) 3–1
(4–3 agg.)
Everton (1)Manchester
19:45 GMT Fernandinho   24'
De Bruyne   70'
Agüero   76'
Report Barkley   18' Stadium: Etihad Stadium
Attendance: 50,048
Referee: Martin Atkinson

FinalEdit

The League Cup Final was held on 28 February 2016 at Wembley Stadium.[1][7]

Liverpool1−1 (a.e.t.)Manchester City
Coutinho   83' Report Fernandinho   49'
Penalties
Can  
Lucas  
Coutinho  
Lallana  
1−3   Fernandinho
  Navas
  Agüero
  Touré
Attendance: 86,206

Top goalscorersEdit

 
Kevin De Bruyne was the top scorer in the competition with five goals for Manchester City.

[21]

Rank Player Club Goals
1   Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City 5
2   Joe Dodoo Leicester City 4
  Dwight Gayle Crystal Palace
  Romelu Lukaku Everton
  Scott Sinclair Aston Villa
  Cristhian Stuani Middlesbrough
7   Tom Bradshaw Walsall 3
  Jermain Defoe Sunderland
  Sadio Mané Southampton
  Divock Origi Liverpool

Broadcasting rightsEdit

The live television rights for the competition were held by the subscription channel Sky Sports, who have held rights to the competition since 1996–97 apart from 2001-02 when the short-lived ITV Digital had exclusive coverage of that season's League Cup competition as part of the original three year TV deal with The Football League.

These matches were televised live by Sky Sports:

Round Live TV games
First round Portsmouth vs Derby County, Doncaster Rovers vs Leeds United[22]
Second round Luton Town vs Stoke City, Barnsley vs Everton[23]
Third Round Aston Villa vs Birmingham City, Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal[24]
Fourth Round Sheffield Wednesday vs Arsenal, Liverpool vs AFC Bournemouth[25]
Fifth Round Middlesbrough vs Everton, Southampton vs Liverpool[26]
Semi-finals All 4 Matches
Final Liverpool vs Manchester City

See alsoEdit

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