When is the Carabao Cup final, are fans allowed and where can I watch it?

All the important details to know about the 2021 League Cup final

Karl Matchett
Thursday 07 January 2021 07:33
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The Carabao Cup semi-finals took place this week with all four teams having been dreaming of a date at Wembley and a chance to lift silverware, as well as guaranteeing a spot in European football next season.

On Tuesday night, Brentford travelled to Tottenham Hotspur in the first of the semis, while Manchester United then hosted neighbours City in a derby in the other last-four clash.

It means Spurs will face City in the final, a Jose Mourinho against Pep Guardiola classic.

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The last five seasons have seen the Manchester clubs dominate this competition, with City winning four of them and United the other - and Pep Guardiola’s team have won three in a row, looking now to emulate Liverpool’s record of four successive League Cup wins achieved in the 1980s.

Jose Mourinho has already spoken about his intention to try and make this his first trophy with Tottenham, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had also encouraged his team to prove they can be winners.

Here’s everything you need to know about the League Cup final.

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When is it?

The final will take place at Wembley on Sunday, 25 April 2021. The kick-off time is currently scheduled for 4pm.

Where can I watch it?

Both the semi-finals and the final itself will be shown live via Sky Sports. The games will also be streamed via the Sky Go app.

If you’re not a Sky customer you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.

Why is it later than normal?

The match was put back two months by the EFL in the hope that more fans would be allowed to attend. The original date was scheduled for 28 February, but it was changed in December.

Will fans be allowed in?

With lockdown restrictions in England still on the increase at the start of the year, no supporters are allowed into any elite-level matches at present.

The current plans are due to last until March, after which time a new assessment will be made on the restrictions to wider society and where the public may gather in numbers.

It is unlikely the EFL will announce any definitive ticketing plans until after this time, but during the regionalised ‘tiers’ there were supporters allowed into a number of clubs. Liverpool, Everton and others had up to 2,000 socially distanced fans in per match for a short while.

Who is going to be in the final?

Spurs will be there having beat Brentford in the first semi-final. They will play Manchester City after they beat United, meaning each of the last seven finals will have been won by the Cityzens - or Jose Mourinho.

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