man city league cup winners Manchester City have won four straight League Cups.

Here is the schedule for the 2021-22 League Cup.

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About the EFL Cup

The League Cup, also known as the EFL Cup or the Carabao Cup, is England’s second most important knockout competition after the FA Cup.

The League Cup is a knockout competition for all 92 clubs in the Premier League and Football League — the top four levels of the pyramid of English leagues.

EFL stands for English Football League, and the Cup is sponsored by Carabao, a Thai energy drink company. In the past, it’s been known as the Carling Cup, the Milk Cup and many other names.

The 2021-22 EFL Cup will be played for the 62nd time. After a year of COVID adjustments, the Cup is back to the normal schedule.

Manchester City are the four-time defending champions; they defeated Tottenham Hotspur, 1-0, in the 2021 final at Wembley.

The winner of the competition qualifies for the play-off round of the next season’s Europa Conference League (if they fail to have already qualified for the Champions League or the Europa League).

Here is more info about the League Cup. And here is the schedule for the 2021-22 FA Cup.

How to Watch the League Cup in the USA

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Watch the League Cup on ESPN+ in the US.

2021-22 League Cup Schedule

First Round: August 10-11, 2021

All 48 clubs from EFL League One and League Two are joined by 22 clubs from the EFL Championship, for a total of 35 games. The two clubs who finished 18th and 19th in the Premier League last season, West Bromwich Albion and Fulham, sit this one out.

Second Round: August 24-25, 2021

The 35 winners from the First Round are joined by the last two clubs from the Championship and the 13 Premier League clubs not involved in European competition. That’s 50 clubs and 25 games.

Third Round: September 21-22, 2021

All 25 winners advance from the Second Round plus the seven Premier League clubs that are also playing in Europe: Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Leicester City, West Ham, and Tottenham.

Fourth Round (of 16): October 26-27, 2021

16 winners advance from the Third Round.

Quarterfinals: December 21-22, 2021

8 winners advance from the Fourth Round.

Semifinals: January 4-5 and 11-12, 2022

Winners from the quarterfinals play two legs, one at each ground.

2022 League Cup Final

The two winners from the semifinals advance to the final of the 2021-22 EFL Cup, which will be played February 27, 2022 at Wembley Stadium.

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