2018–19 EFL Cup

2018–19 EFL Cup
Carabao Cup, League Cup
Country  England
Dates 14 August 2018 – 24 February 2019
Teams 92
Defending champions Manchester City
Matches played 60
Goals scored 180 (3 per match)
Top goal scorer(s) Tyler Walker (3 goals)

The 2018–19 EFL Cup is the 59th season of the EFL Cup. 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. The first round was played on 14 August 2018, ten days after the start of the Football League season.[1] Manchester City are the defending champions. The final will be held at Wembley Stadium in London on 24 February 2019.[2]


In June 2018, it was announced that there would be a number of changes to the competition after a vote by all of the English Football League clubs at their annual EFL Summer Conference in Portugal.[3][4] Extra time would be scrapped for all rounds except for the final with the tie progressing straight to a penalty shoot-out in the event of a draw after 90 minutes.[5] This was introduced in order to reduce "additional fatigue issues".[5] The ABBA penalty system trial would also be scrapped and the format for a penalty shoot-out would return to the ABAB format.[5] Seeding was removed for the first two rounds however the first round remained organised on a regional basis.[5] Video assistant referees (VAR) were also authorised for use at matches played at Premier League club grounds.[5]


All 92 clubs in the Premier League and English Football League will enter the 2018–19 EFL Cup. Access is distributed across leagues.[6]

In the first round, the draw was regionalised into northern and southern clubs with 22 Football League Championship clubs and all Football League One and Football League Two clubs entering in this round.[6]

The following round, the two remaining Championship clubs Swansea City and Stoke City (who finished 18th and 19th respectively in the 2017–18 Premier League season), and the Premier League clubs not involved in either the UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League entered.[6]

Arsenal, Burnley, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur all receive byes to the third round owing to their participation in European competition.[7]

The first round draw was held on 15 June 2018 in Vietnam.[6] The second round draw was held on 16 August 2018 in the UK, drawn by Mick McCarthy and Chris Waddle.[8]

Clubs entering in this round Clubs advancing from previous round No 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 other entries
  • 16 winners from third round


Fifth round
(8 clubs)
  • No other entries
  • 8 winners from fourth round


(4 clubs)
  • No other entries
  • 4 winners from fifth round

2 (over 2 legs each)

(2 clubs)
  • No other entries
  • 2 winners from semi-finals


First round


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 first round draw was made as follows:[9]

Second round


A total of 50 clubs played in the second round with 13 teams from the Premier League joining in this round (teams without international liabilities), also the 2 remaining Championship teams entered. 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.


Third round

The draw was held on 30 August 2018.[10] The seven remaining Premier League clubs involved in European competition joined the 25 match-winners from the previous round.[11]

Broadcast Rights

These matches were televised live by Sky Sports:

Round Live TV Games
First round Yeovil Town vs Aston Villa, Sunderland vs Sheffield Wednesday
Second round AFC Wimbledon vs West Ham United, Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle United


  1. Tottenham Hotspur have submitted a request to the EFL for this game to be played at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes, as neither Wembley Stadium nor Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will be available to host. The EFL will consider this request on 6 September.[12]


  1. "2018/19 Season Fixtures Release Date Confirmed". Coventry City F.C. 6 March 2018. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  2. "Carabao Cup to use VAR at all Premier League grounds next season". Metro. 24 May 2018. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  3. "Extra-time to be scrapped in Carabao Cup while seeding in first two rounds is also dropped". Plymouth Herald. 24 May 2018. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  4. "2018/19: Carabao Cup rule changes". The Football League. 25 February 2018. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 "Carabao Cup: Extra time scrapped & VAR to be used at Premier League grounds". BBC Sport. 8 June 2018. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  6. 1 2 3 4 "Carabao Cup: Vietnam to host 2018–19 first-round draw". BBC Sport. 11 June 2018. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  7. "Premier League and Football League: Ups & downs and European qualification". BBC Sport. 28 May 2018. Retrieved 9 June 2018.
  8. "Carabao Cup second-round draw: West Ham to visit League One AFC Wimbledon". BBC Sport. 16 August 2018. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  9. "Carabao Cup: Round One Draw Confirmed". EFL.com. 15 June 2018. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  10. https://www.efl.com/news/2018/august/carabao-cup-round-three-draw2/
  11. "Carabao Cup third-round draw: Liverpool drawn at home to Chelsea". BBC Sport. 30 August 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  12. "Carabao Cup update". Tottenham Hotspur. 30 August 2018.
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