Carabao Cup reportedly set to start this month

The 2020/21 season is set to be kicked off with the first round of the Carabao Cup, which could be later this month according to Blackpool manager Neil Critchley.

The Carabao Cup is set to begin this month with Championship clubs set to play their respective ties on Saturday 29th August.

This is because the first round of the competition, which reportedly set to be played on Saturday 5th September, is an international weekend.

“We were due to play a game this month on August 29 but if you draw a Championship club in the Carabao Cup then they will play it on that date because it’s before the international break.” Critchley said to Lancashire Post.

“You just have to be ready to adapt all the time, but we’ve got our plans in place and we’ve got our games pencilled in. But we have to be ready for the unexpected and try to prepare as best as we can.”

That would mean any tie which involves a team for the second tier will be brought forward, which could see Town return to competitive action this month.

There were rumours circulating that the EFL might postpone the Carabao Cup next season, which would ease some fixture congestion, travel and financial implications on clubs.

However, it is anticipated that the Carabao Cup, alongside the trophy, will take place as normal this season.

The EFL are still to confirm the competitions start date and we expect confirmation, alongside the release of the fixture list, to happen within the next week to ten days.

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