The Carabao Cup was one of the very few competitions to be unaffected by the coronavirus pandemic during the 2019-20 season, with Man City being crowned champions on 1 March.
However, it's a different story this time around, despite the final being scheduled for late February. The EFL Cup is subject to the same stringent health and safety measures as the rest of English football, which include regular testing and matches behind closed doors.
More than ever, then, we'll be relying on the TV to get our football fix.
While you'll need to pay to watch the Carabao Cup in the UK, there are now three different ways to catch the action. Here's everything you need to know.
How to watch the Carabao Cup on Sky Sports
Sky Sports has the rights to show all 183 games live, but it picks and chooses the best ties, particularly in the early rounds.
The cheapest standalone plan currently costs £18 a month, or you can get all the Sky Sports channels at a reduced price of £23pm for 18 months. See the full range of subscriptions on the Sky website.
How to watch the Carabao Cup on Now TV
If you don't want to commit to a Sky contract and satellite dish on your house, that's not a problem. The Sky-owned Now TV streaming service is a great alternative.
Now TV is available on a wide range of devices including smartphones and games consoles and now offers HD quality if you buy the Now TV Boost option.
Your options are a Day Pass (24 hours of access) from £9.99 but it's going to make much more sense to get the Month Pass if you plan to watch every weekend.
It's normally £33.99pm but Sky has an offer on for the start of the season meaning you can get it for £25pm for 12 months.
You can stream on up to two devices, or three if you get Now TV Boost.
How to watch the Carabao Cup on carabaocup.live
New for the 2020-21 season, carabaocup.live is the official streaming site of the Carabao Cup. It's got the biggest selection of games on offer, usually most of the ties that Sky Sports has chosen not to broadcast.
After signing up, you can purchase an HD live stream of any match listed for a set fee of £10. Just head to the website now to get started.
Carabao Cup fixture list
There's a full guide to all the upcoming Carabao Cup fixtures on the EFL website. There are some great ties to look forward to in the 4th round, with all times listed for the UK:
- Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Chelsea (Tottenham win 5-4 on pens)
- Newport 1-1 Newcastle - (Newcastle win 5-4 on pens)
- Burnley 0-3 Man City
- Brighton 0-3 Man Utd
- Everton 4-1 West Ham
- Brentford vs Fulham - 5.30pm - Sky Sports
- Aston Villa vs Stoke - 7pm - carabaocup.live
- Liverpool vs Arsenal - 7.45pm - Sky Sports
How to watch the Carabao Cup abroad
If you're a British viewer living abroad (or planning to travel at some point) and you still want to watch using your existing UK services, then you can also use a VPN to 'browse from the UK' and access both your Sky Sports and Now TV subscriptions.