There’s been a few changes to the League Cup for this season made by the EFL following a vote by the member clubs.
The main change is that there will no longer be extra time in the ties, the games will go straight to penalties if the scores are level at 90 mins.
The EFL also announced that they will revert back to the old format of penalties, ditching the new ABBA format which was used last season and basically confused everyone.
The first two rounds will remain split into Northern and Southern sections as before, and it was also announced that VAR will be used in all games which take place at Premier League grounds, which sounds a bit weird if you ask me.
The EFL said: “The rationale put forward by the EFL is that withdrawing the additional 30 minutes of play would directly address any additional fatigue issues that are occasionally caused when the midweek ties go beyond the traditional 90-minute period…”
The first round of the competition will take place this week with Arsenal’s first involvement during the week of the 25th/26th of September, where we will be hoping to go one better than losing in the final last season.