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Carabao Cup: Is there extra time and penalties in this season’s competition, and will VAR be in use?

The EFL season is well underway – and that means early season Carabao Cup action.

Before the big-guns join, teams from the Championship, League One and League Two must battle it out in the first round of fixtures on August 14.

Manchester City lifted the League Cup last season

Is there extra time and penalties in the Carabao Cup?

With fixture congestion a real issue for EFL clubs, action has been taken this season.

There will be no 30 minutes extra-time in the Carabao Cup, with games going straight to a penalty shootout if they finish level.

Shootouts have reverted back to the traditional format, rather than the ABBA penalty format which was used last season.

The EFL hopes the change will help reduce fatigue in players after the midweek games.

And the competition will only bring in a two-legged format once it reaches the semi-final stage.

Will VAR be used?

Premier League clubs voted against the Video Assistant Referee being used this term in the top-flight.

But in the Carabao Cup it will be used in some of the later rounds, if the stadium used to host the games has the capability.

Last year the semi-finals and final saw the use of VAR.

Round One Draw


Blackpool vs Barnsley

Carlisle vs Blackburn

Crewe vs Fleetwood

Grimsby vs Rochdale

Leeds vs Bolton Wanderers (talkSPORT2 coverage)

Macclesfield vs Bradford

Mansfield vs Accrington

Middlesbrough vs Notts County

Nottingham Forest vs Bury

Oldham vs Derby

Port Vale vs Lincoln

Preston vs Morecambe

Rotherham vs Wigan

Scunthorpe vs Doncaster

Sheffield United vs Hull

Shrewsbury vs Burton

Sunderland vs Sheffield Wednesday

Tranmere vs Walsall


Bristol Vity vs Plymouth

Bristol Rovers vs Crawley

Cambridge vs Newport

Cheltenham vs Colchester

Exeter vs Ipswich

Millwall vs Gillingham

MK Dons vs Charlton

Norwich vs Stevenage

Oxford vs Coventry

Portsmouth vs AFC Wimbledon

QPR vs Peterborough

Reading vs Birmingham

Southend vs Brentford

Swindon vs Forest Green Rovers

West Brom vs Luton

Wycombe vs Northampton

Yeovil vs Aston Villa

Listen to live coverage of Leeds vs Bolton on talkSPORT2 from 7.30pm on Tuesday, August 14. 

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