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It’s time for the Carabao Cup again this week as the remaining four teams in the competition battle for a place in the final

The first semi-final is a purely London affair Tottenham welcomes this evening (Tuesday, Jan.) Brentford from the championship 45 p.m. kickoff)

The winner will face Manchester United or Manchester City in the final at Wembley later this year

Some changes have been made to the EFL Cup format this season, including due to the revised schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic

This season, however, the last four games will be played as one-time games due to the coronavirus pandemic and an overloaded schedule

In contrast to the FA Cup, no neutral venues are used, as the ties are held first at the club’s venue

It has been decided that in the first five rounds of competition this season, all ties that end after 90 minutes will result in direct penalty shoot-outs without overtime

However, in the semi-finals and the final, overtime is used if the sides cannot be separated after 90 minutes

The traditional 30-minute period is then played, followed by a penalty shoot-out if necessary

Before the semi-finals, the EFL announced that the teams would be allowed to make up to five substitutions

The EFL said in a statement: “After consultation with the four clubs remaining in the competition, nine substitute players can now be named in the squad for the day of the match, five of whom may be on the field during the 90 minutes and, if necessary, the extra time”

“Each team may only have a maximum of three options (except half-time, full-time and half-time of overtime) to make substitutions during normal time

“However, if a tie goes into overtime, an additional option to use one or more substitutes is allowed, but only from the five eligible substitutes”

Manchester United extended their unbeaten run in the Premier League to 10 games when they recorded a deserved 2-1 win over Aston Villa on New Years Day

The goals from Anthony Martial and Bruno Fernandes did it as United kept pressure on defending champions and leaders Liverpool

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Video Assistant Referees (VAR) were not available in previous rounds – but will be used in the semi-finals and in the final

It should be on 28 February, but was played on Sunday 25 April 2021 postponed

The EFL explained the decision in a statement: “It is the goal of the league to hold the final with as many supporters as possible Therefore, it was decided to postpone the final from its original date”Sunday 28 February 2021 until later in the year

“The number of fans allowed depends on government guidelines at the time, and it is hoped that moving the date to later in the year will provide the best opportunity for clubs and their fans to attend in person “

Manchester City shook off troubles caused by a Covid-19 outbreak to sweep Chelsea aside at Stamford Bridge

The goals of Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and Kevin De Bruyne in the first half effectively ended the game before the break The home team could only get one consolation in stoppage time

This means that the Blues are in good hands ahead of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Manchester United on Wednesday at Old Trafford

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Due to the current coronavirus restrictions, no spectators are allowed in the stadiums for the two semi-finals

However, the final has been postponed to April in the hope that fans will be able to participate by then

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