2014–15 Football League Cup

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2014–15 Football League Cup
Capital One Cup, League Cup
Country  England
 Wales
Dates 11 August 2014 – 1 March 2015
Teams 92
Champions Chelsea (5th title)
Runners-up Tottenham Hotspur
Matches played 93
Goals scored 276 (2.97 per match)
Top goal scorer(s) Benik Afobe
(6 goals)

The 2014–15 Football League Cup, known as the Capital One Cup for sponsorship reasons, was the 55th season of the competition. It is a knock-out competition for the top 92 football clubs in England and Wales.

The holders were Manchester City who beat Sunderland 3–1 in the previous season's final at Wembley on 2 March 2014.[1] City were eventually knocked out in the fourth round by Newcastle United.

The first round kicked off on 11 August 2014 and consisted of a North/South split with only regional teams drawn against each other.[2]

The first round included newly promoted Luton Town and Cambridge United from League Two. Premier League teams relegated to the Championship usually receive a bye to the second round, however, this season Cardiff City entered the first round. The remaining Championship, League One and League Two clubs contested the first round, with non-European Premier League sides entering in the second and those involved in European competition entering in the third round.

Chelsea won the trophy after a 2–0 win against Tottenham Hotspur in the final.[3][4]

First round

The draw for the first round took place on 17 June 2014 at 10:00 BST. Ties were played during the week commencing 11 August 2014.

The 24 teams of League Two, the 24 teams of League One, and 22 teams from the Championship (70 teams altogether) entered in this round. The two Championship teams exempted from this round were Norwich City and Fulham, the two highest-finishing relegated teams from the 2013–14 Premier League; Cardiff City were also relegated, however they were not given a bye since they finished last. The draw was as follows:[5]

Numbers within brackets represent a team's league level in the 2014–15 season, level 1 being the Premier League, level 2 the Championship, and so on.

Second round

The 35 winners from Round One were joined by 13 teams from the Premier League (not taking part in European competitions), and the remaining two teams from the Championship (i.e. Norwich and Fulham, the two highest finishing relegated Premier league teams from last season). The remaining 7 Premier League teams participating in the UEFA Champions League or Europa League, received a bye into the third round.[6]

The draw for the second round took place on 13 August 2014. Ties were played during the week commencing 25 August 2014.[7]

Third round

The seven Premier League teams participating in European club competition (UEFA Champions League or Europa League) – holders Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Hull City, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur – entered the tournament in this round. They were joined by the 25 winners from Round Two.

The draw for the third round took place on 27 August 2014 live on Sky Sports.[8][9] Ties were played during the week commencing 22 September 2014.[7]

Fourth round

The draw for the fourth round took place on 24 September 2014. Ties were played during the week commencing 27 October 2014.[7]

Fifth round

The draw for the fifth round took place on 29 October 2014. Ties were played during the week commencing 15 December 2014.[7]

Semi-finals

The draw for the semi-finals took place on 17 December 2014[7] after the televised game between Bournemouth and Liverpool.[10]

First leg

First-leg matches were played during the week commencing 19 January 2015.[7]

Second leg

Second-leg matches were played during the week commencing 26 January 2015.[7]

Final

The League Cup Final was held on 1 March 2015 at Wembley Stadium.[7]

Broadcasting rights

The live television rights for the competition were held by the subscription channel Sky Sports, who have held rights to the competition since 1996–97. BBC TV had highlights rights, under the title The League Cup Show.[12]

These matches were televised live by Sky Sports:

Round Live TV games
First round Carlisle United vs Derby County, Coventry City vs Cardiff City[13]
Second round Milton Keynes Dons vs Manchester United, Bradford City vs Leeds United[14]
Third round Liverpool v Middlesbrough, Tottenham Hotspur vs Nottingham Forest[15]
Fourth round Shrewsbury Town vs Chelsea, Manchester City vs Newcastle United[16]
Fifth Round Derby County vs Chelsea, AFC Bournemouth vs Liverpool [17]
Semi-finals All 4 matches[18]
Final Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspur

Match ball

The official match ball for the 2014–15 competition was the Mitre Delta V12S.[19]

References

  1. ^ "Manchester City 3-1 Sunderland". 2 March 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Capital One Cup Round 1 seeding". 10 June 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham: John Terry strike and Kyle Walker's own goal win Capital One Cup for Blues as boss Jose Mourinho collects first trophy of second spell at Wembley". Daily Mail. 1 March 2015. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "John Terry and Diego Costa on target as Blues win Capital One Cup final". Daily Telegraph. 2 March 2015. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "League Cup: MK Dons host AFC Wimbledon in first round". bbc.co.uk. BBC Sport. 17 June 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Rules". Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h "Competition Round and Draw Dates". capitalonecup.co.uk. July 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Capital One Cup third-round draw: Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool all given home ties". Daily Mail. 27 August 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "We reveal the draw for the Third Round of the 2014/15 Capital One Cup". capitalonecup.co.uk. 27 August 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "Bournemouth vs Liverpool and Tottenham vs Newcastle; plus semi-final draw - Capital One Cup LIVE". 17 December 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Anthony Taylor to referee Capital One Cup Final". capitalonecup.co.uk. The Football League. 12 February 2015. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  12. ^ "The League Cup Show". BBC One. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "Capital One Cup Round 1 TV games announced". capitalonecup.co.uk. 18 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "Capital One Cup Round 2 TV games announced". capitalonecup.co.uk. 14 August 2014. 
  15. ^ "Capital One Cup Round 3 TV games announced". Capital One Cup. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  16. ^ "Capital One Cup Round 4 TV games announced". 26 September 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  17. ^ "Capital One Cup Round 5 TV games announced". 30 October 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  18. ^ "Capital One Cup Semi-Final schedule confirmed". 19 December 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  19. ^ "The Mitre Delta V12S – It's here.". 12elfthman.com. 5 August 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
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