The Carabao Cup (English League Cup) brings together the best of the best from the English Premier League to slog it out against the other top sides from the three leagues below. Manchester City will enter as the defending champs but a good number of clubs have improved and will be looking to claim this year’s trophy when the Finals take place on the 2nd of March, 2020 (AEDT). Use this guide to see what’s available on live TV in Australia, and don’t miss a minute of these marquee matches when streaming them to a mobile device.
English League Cup 2020 TV Preview
This is the 60th edition of the Carabao Cup, formally known as the English League Cup. Like the Community Shield and FA Cup, this competition offers Premier League clubs a chance to win a prestigious piece of silverware. The format sees 92 teams from the Premier League and EFL divided into seven rounds, with sides competing in European competitions getting an automatic entry into the third round. The most successful club in the history of this tournament has been Liverpool, who have won it eight times, their most recent victory coming in 2012.
Manchester City are the defending champs having defeated Chelsea on penalties in the 2019 EFL Cup Final, which was hosted in Wembley Stadium last February. For Manchester City, it was the second consecutive time they claimed the English League Cup and sixth overall. For Chelsea, it was the third time they had made the final without going all the way, though they have won the tournament on six occasions. The perennially successful Liverpool had a particularly disappointing year, being knocked out in the third round. They’ll be desperate to return to the glory of days past having made it to the quarter-finals this year, but there is plenty of competition left in the form of Manchester City, Manchester United and Leicester City, and you won’t have to miss a minute when watching the EFL Cup online in Australia.
EFL Cup Final 2020 LIVE TV Fixtures (Sydney time)
|Monday 2 March||LIVE: Aston Villa v Manchester City||3.30am -5.30am||Kayo / Foxtel|
|Monday 2 March||Replay: Aston Villa v Manchester City||9.30pm – 11.30pm||Kayo / Foxtel|
*Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences. Currently, EFL Cup free to air TV broadcasts are not available in Australia. The next group of matches, the Semi Finals, will be drawn on 18 December after the conclusion of Oxford vs Manchester City. The first leg of the Semis will take place January 7-8, with the second leg being played January 28-29, and will be added as soon as the television rights are confirmed.
Watch or Stream the Carabao Cup Live
beIN Sports are the official Australian Carabao Cup broadcaster, and will be televising several live matches each week of play. You can access these English Leage Cup on beIN Sports telecasts through either Foxtel, Telstra, Foxtel Now or Kayo Sports. Foxtel, Telstra and Kayo Sports will also carry beIN’s coverage of the FFA Cup and La Liga, in addition to every match of the A League live with no ad-breaks during play.
If you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to look into the Kayo Sports 14 day free trial. With Kayo you will have access to the same beIN broadcasts as Foxtel, and can stream the EFL Cup live to eligible devices and browsers. The Live English League Cup Cup matches on the beIN channels will have a match tile on Kayo, where they will also be available to watch On Demand should you wish to catch up.
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EFL Semi Final Rivalries
Leicester City v Aston Villa
Both Leicester and Aston Villa hail from the midlands in England, and there is certainly no love lost between the two. Leicester are flying high in the Premier League this year thanks to their new manager, Brendan Rodgers, imposing an attacking mentality on his players, which has helped Jamie Vardy rediscover his goalscoring form. However, Aston Villa has one of the most promising talents in English football at their disposal in the shape of local boy Jack Grealish, a forward that has single handedly taken the Villains to within reaching distance of the Carabao Cup final.
Manchester United v Manchester City
This is easily one of the biggest rivalries in English football. These two Manchester clubs have dominated English football for the past 30 years, but it is City that has had more recent success, including a win in this competition last year. United have just started to find form again after a difficult start to the season, and a win for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men in a cup competition would be seen as further progress. However, City have one of the most talented squads in Europe, and it will be extremely difficult to stop the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and David Silva in their quest for more silverware.
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How to Watch the EFL Cup Online in Australia
Australian streaming services Kayo Sports and Foxtel Now work with a wide variety of devices that will enable you to stream the Carabao Cup online, including Telstra TV, Chrome browsers on both PCs and Macs, and iOS or Android mobile devices (which also let you connect Chromecast to your TV if you have the capability) and more:
|EFL Cup Streaming Device List||User Guide|
|PC/Mac||Yes, web browser only (Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Edge)|
|iOS/Android Phones/Tablets||Yes, via native apps (iOS 11 and Android 6 minimum).|
|Google Chromecast||Yes, the Chromecast Ultra or 3rd Generation required for 1080p HD, otherwise 720p.|
|Telstra TV||Yes, Split View not available; TTV1 limited to 720p.|
|Android TV||Yes, via app for version 7.0 and up.|
|Samsung Smart TVs||App in development – coming soon|
|PS4 and Xbox One||Apps in development – coming soon|