Six rounds, 92 games and 256 goals all come down to the Carabao Cup 2022 Final. The silverware showdown is now less than a week away and the countdown has officially commenced.
Here’s all you need to know ahead of the showdown...
When and where is the Final taking place?
The Carabao Cup Final, contested between Chelsea and Liverpool, takes place on Sunday 27 February, with kick-off pencilled for 16:30 at Wembley Stadium.
The West Londoners have been allocated the East side of the National Stadium, whilst the Reds will be housed in the West side of Wembley for the showpiece Final.
The order of events is as follows:
14:30: Turnstiles open
15:30: Team news
15:40: Players warm-up
16:23: Players enter the pitch
16:26: National anthem
What is the history behind the game?
The Reds could set a new record, having lifted the League Cup eight times since the competition’s formation, going on to win the trophy four times in succession between 1981 and 1984. The Carabao Cup 2022 Final will mark almost a decade to the day that Liverpool last won the competition in 2012, with captain Jordan Henderson – aged just 21 at the time – the only player remaining from the League Cup-winning side, featuring in the Final against Cardiff City.
Chelsea, however, have won the competition more recently; the Blues ran out 2-0 winners over cross-city rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the 2015 Final. And it was in 2005 that these two teams went head-to-head for the silverware, meeting at the Millennium Stadium in the Final, which Chelsea ran out 3-2 winners. Tuchel’s side have now completed the set with their Club World Cup success just a fortnight before the Carabao Cup Final.
The Merseysiders are no strangers to the Final, with the 2022 showdown being the 13th League Cup Final the Reds have competed in, whilst Chelsea, who have taken the crown on five occasions, have been involved in eight League Cup Finals.
Chelsea: 1964/65, 1997/98, 2004/05, 2006/07, 2014/15
Liverpool: 1980/81, 1981/82, 1982/83, 1983/84, 1994/95, 2000/01, 2002/03, 2011/12
Who is officiating the game?
Referee Stuart Attwell is also familiar with the capital, having officiated at Wembley on numerous occasions, including the 2016 Sky Bet League One Play-Off Final. With over 150 Premier League games under his belt, the PGMOL-appointed official is also a FIFA List match official and most recently acted as VAR during Euro 2020.
Similarly, Assistant Referees Dan Cook and Dan Robathan have also stepped out at the home of football. Cook acted as the Assistant Referee at the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final, whilst Robathan, who recently surpassed his 100th top-flight match, was the Reserve Assistant Referee at the 2021 Carabao Cup Final, returning a year later as an Assistant Referee.
Fourth Official Andy Madley has a wealth of experience, having officiated over 200 EFL and Premier League matches, and his domestic experience is combined with recent UEFA and FIFA appointments following his FIFA nomination back in 2020. The team will also be completed by Reserve Assistant Referee, Tim Wood.
The Carabao Cup Final will involve the use of video assistant referees (VAR). The VAR official is Darren England, and he will be supported by Simon Bennett as the Assistant VAR.
How can I watch the Final?
The game is being broadcast live on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event from 3.30pm. Highlights will also be shown on Quest at 9pm on Sunday evening.
Around 34 million supporters have attended Carabao Cup matches this season prior to Sunday's Final. The drama of this season’s competition has captured the attention of fans across the UK on TV, with a peak of 2.45 million watching the Semi-Final First-Leg between Liverpool and Arsenal. In total, over 13.8 million have watched live Carabao Cup games on Sky Sports. Sunday’s Final will be shown live in over 175 territories. Over one million fans have watched the Carabao Cup on Quest this season.
What else do I need to know if I'm travelling to the game?
All you need to know on fan guidance when travelling to Wembley Stadium can be found here.
How can I follow the Final?
Live updates, including all the action and the build-up from the Carabao Cup Final 2022, can be found on the EFL’s official social channels.
You can follow us on Twitter (@Carabao_Cup), Facebook (@TheCarabaoCup) and Instagram (@TheCarabaoCup), along with the #CarabaoCupFinal hashtag.