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How to watch Carabao Cup matches live online in the US

The Carabao Cup is back, with Manchester City chasing an incredible fourth straight title. Here's how to watch online.

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The Carabao Cup is back for another season and promises another year of thrills, cracking goals and upsets. It is being squeezed into a shorter timeframe in 2020/21 due to the impact of the coronavirus. Manchester City have had a stranglehold on the tournament in recent years, claiming four of the past five competitions and three straight overall.

City’s dominance has lifted them to seven Carabao Cup triumphs in total, one behind Liverpool for the all-time record. Who reigns supreme this year and, more importantly, how can you tune in?

How to watch the Carabao Cup in the US

In the United States, the Carabao Cup is broadcast on streaming service ESPN+. A complement to the company’s ESPN cable network, ESPN+ has a wide range of live and original content for sports fans to check out.

Live stream the Carabao Cup on ESPN+

ESPN+ is the home of the Carabao Cup for American soccer fans. For all the information you need on signing up to ESPN+, you can check out our complete guide.

It is showing plenty of content from this year’s Carabao Cup, including seven games in round three, featuring teams like Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United.

Stream Carabao Cup on ESPN+

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ESPN+ costs $5.99 a month or there is a yearly subscription for $49.99. As well as some great soccer action, you can also catch college sports, MLB, NHL and much more on the service, which is compatible with most devices. Your only other option is to get The Disney Bundle which includes a subscription to ESPN+, Disney+ and Hulu + Live TV for $12.99 per month.

History of the Carabao Cup

The 2020/21 Carabao Cup is the 61st season of what is traditionally known as the EFL Cup or the League Cup. Manchester City are the three-time defending champions and are yet again among the favourites to take out the silverware.

Round three is when the Premier League clubs enter the competition. It is also when the Carabao Cup traditionally starts to dish up some surprise results.

Last season, heavyweight EPL clubs Manchester United and Tottenham went to penalties, against League One side Rochdale and League two side Colchester respectively. Things went from bad to worse for Tottenham, who lost on penalties and were knocked out of the tournament.

Carabao Cup competition format

All clubs from the EFL and Premier League feature in the competition. Sides compete in a straight knockout format across every round this season. Usually the semi-finals use the home-and-away format, but not in 2020/21.

The final is set to be played at London’s Wembley Stadium on February 28, 2021, where the winner qualifies for the following season’s Europa League.

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