Carabao Cup ‘starts next season for the Premier League’ to save the competition amid planning chaos with some top teams ready to handle early rounds as part of their preparations for the season
- Next season’s Premier League is expected to start on September 12
- But some top teams may have played Carabao Cup games at the time
- The first two rounds of the competition will be played before September 12
- The second round could be played during the international break in early September
The Carabao Cup will “kick off next season for the Premier League” to ensure league survival amid a compressed calendar.
The 2020-21 Premier League season will likely begin on September 12, but some top teams could have played competitively by then.
That is because, according to The Sun.the first round of the Carabao Cup will be played in late August and the second round during the international break in early September.
Manchester City lift the Carabao Cup after their 2-1 win over Aston Villa in March – next season’s league could start ahead of the start of the Premier League season
The first two rounds of the Carabao Cup 2020-21 could be played before the start of the Premier League season on September 12
Alternatively, the first round starts on September 5, the day England will play for Iceland in its opening game for the UEFA Nations League.
Some leading teams that would play in the Champions League or Europa League reportedly wanted to have the Carabao Cup canceled at least for the following season.
But the tournament remains a money spinner for the EFL, accounting for a third of their income through a 10 percent share of the gate earnings for each draw.
Its continuation increases the chances of the Mid-Week Carabao Cup rounds clashing with Champions League and Europa League matches.
The two European leagues for this season only close on August 23, pushing back the start date for next season.
It means scenarios like the one Liverpool faced last season when their Carabao Cup quarter-final draw against Aston Villa clashed with their performance at the FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar.
Gareth Southgate’s English squad will play on September 5, but some Premier League teams may play in the second round of the Carabao Cup
Liverpool lined up a youthful team against Aston Villa in this season’s quarterfinals with the first team in Qatar for the FIFA Club World Cup
The young Liverpool squad was defeated 5-0, but at least managed to fill their fixture
It led to the first team flying to the Middle East, while a reserve led by under-23 coach Neil Critchley was defeated 5-0 at Villa Park.
The Premier League teams playing in Europe usually enter the Carabao Cup in the third round, with every other division of the top division starting in the second round.
That increases the possibility that the second round will equal preseason for most Premier League clubs.
Regardless, elite clubs tend to have a weakened or youthful attitude in the early rounds.
However, their team strength invariably continues with the last seven League Cup finals won by Manchester City (five times), Chelsea and Manchester United.
In recent years, the Scottish League Cup has mainly been played during the preseason.