2019–20 EFL Cup

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 clubs participating in the Premier League and the English Football League.

2019–20 EFL Cup
Carabao Cup, League Cup
Dates6 August 2019 – 1 March 2020
Defending championsManchester City
Matches played90
Goals scored296 (3.29 per match)
Attendance876,261 (9,736 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Liam Boyce (5 goals)
All statistics correct as of 7 January 2020.

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 enter the season's EFL Cup. Access is distributed across the top 4 leagues of the English football league system. For the first two rounds, the draw was regionalised into northern and southern clubs.

In the first round, 22 of 24 Championship clubs and all League One, and League Two clubs entered. Due to their financial crisis, Bury were later withdrawn from the competition and ultimately expelled from the EFL.[2] Sheffield Wednesday, who were Bury's first round opponents, advanced to the second round automatically as a result.

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 entered.

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.[3]

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
(8 clubs)
  • No clubs enter the quarter-finals
  • 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 roundEdit

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.[4]

  1. ^ The match was awarded to Sheffield Wednesday on 20 August 2019, following Bury's failure to provide clarity or evidence to the EFL regarding their ability to fulfill their financial obligations.[2][5]

Second roundEdit

A total of 50 teams played 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.[6]

  1. ^ Original match on 27 August 2019 was abandoned at half-time due to inclement weather, with the score 0–0.[7]

Third roundEdit

A total of 32 teams played in this round. Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, and Wolverhampton Wanderers entered in this round due to their European qualification. The draw was conducted on 28 August 2019 by Andy Hinchcliffe and Don Goodman.[8] The ties were played on the week commencing 23 September 2019.

Fourth roundEdit

A total of 16 teams played in this round (none of which were Championship sides). The draw was conducted at Stadium MK following the third round match between MK Dons and Liverpool on 25 September 2019.[9] Ties were played in the week commencing 28 October 2019.


A total of eight teams played in this round. The draw was made on 31 October 2019, by David James and Zoe Ball on BBC Radio 2's Breakfast Show. Ties were played in the week commencing 16 December 2019.[10]


A total of four teams will play in this round. The draw was made on 18 December 2019, by Dennis Wise and Chris Kamara at Oxford United's Kassam Stadium. First leg ties were played in the week commencing 6 January 2020, while the second legs will be played in the week commencing 27 January 2020.[11]

Manchester United (1)1–3Manchester City (1)
Rashford   70' Report
Attendance: 69,023
Referee: Mike Dean

Leicester City (1)1–1Aston Villa (1)
Iheanacho   74' Report Guilbert   28'
Attendance: 31,280
Aston Villa (1)vLeicester City (1)


The final will be played at Wembley Stadium on 1 March 2020.

Top goalscorersEdit

As of 8 January 2020.[12]

Note: Players and teams in bold are still active in the competition.

Rank Player Club Goals
1   Liam Boyce Burton Albion 5
2   Conor Hourihane Aston Villa 4
  Gabriel Martinelli Arsenal
  Marcus Rashford Manchester United
5   Michy Batshuayi Chelsea 3
  Kelechi Iheanacho Leicester City
  James Maddison Leicester City
  Raheem Sterling Manchester City
  Sam Surridge Swansea City
10 31 players 2


  1. ^ "Key dates announced ahead of 2019/20 season". English Football League. 17 April 2019. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  2. ^ a b "EFL Statement: Bury FC update". www.efl.com. The English Football League. 20 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Premier League, EFL, Scottish football: Ups, downs & European qualification". BBC Sport. 27 May 2019. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Carabao Cup 2019–20: Fixtures, teams, draw dates & all you need to know". Goal.com. 20 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Carabao Cup 2019–20: Bury face expulsion from EFL". BBC. 8 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Carabao Cup second round draw: Newcastle v Leicester, Nottingham Forest v Derby". BBC Sport. 13 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Grimsby A–A Macclesfield Town". BBC. 27 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Carabao Cup Round Three draw confirmed". www.efl.com. The English Football League. 28 August 2019. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Carabao Cup draw: Liverpool v Arsenal, Chelsea v Man Utd, Man City v Southampton". BBC Sport. 25 September 2019. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Carabao Cup quarter-finals: Colchester and Oxford to face Manchester giants". The Guardian. 31 October 2019. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  11. ^ Ireland, Shane (18 December 2019). "Carabao Cup draw live as Aston Villa discover semi-final opponents & TV channel details". Birmingham Mail.
  12. ^ "English League Cup 2019/2020: Top Scorers". World Football. Retrieved 18 December 2019.