THE EFL Cup is down to the final four this week as the competition moves into the semi-finals.
And there’s a way teams can make an additional two substitutions from the semi-final stage.
Teams can make a fifth sub from the EFL Cup semi-finals
How can teams make five subs in EFL Cup semi-finals?
EFL Cup semi-finals are one-legged this season.
Should the match end in a draw after 90 minutes, extra time and then potentially penalties will be played.
The EFL have said teams will be able to make FIVE subs per game for the remainder of the competition, but they have to be made in the allocated opportunity periods.
EFL said in a statement released on Monday: “Each team is only permitted a maximum of three opportunities (excluding half time, full time and half time of extra time) to make substitutions during normal time.
“However, if a tie goes to extra time, an additional opportunity to use a substitute(s) will also be permitted but only from the five substitutes allowed.”
Currently in the Premier League teams can only make three substitutions per game after clubs voted against using five subs.
Brandon Williams comes on a sub for Man Utd in the EFL Cup
Though leading figures in the league such as Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola have voiced their displeasure at this.
Liverpool manager Klopp said: “Everybody knows my opinions about it.
“Everyone knows 10 clubs voted against it. It was not about advantages, it was only about player welfare. And they voted against it.
“Pretty much only they voted against them in the whole world. “I don’t know which other leagues only have three subs. There must be a good reason for it, for all these leagues and clubs to vote for it.”
What are the EFL Cup semi-finals?
Tuesday, January 5
- Tottenham vs Brentford (7.45pm)
Wednesday, January 6
- Man Utd vs Man City (7.45pm)
When is the EFL Cup final?
The EFL Cup final has been moved from February 28 to Sunday April 25, 2021.
This decision has been made in a bid to have as many fans as possible attend the Wembley showdown which will kick off at 4pm.
“It is the objective of the League to stage the final with as many supporters in attendance as possible.
“And the decision has therefore been taken to move the final from its original date of Sunday February 28, 2021 to later in the year.
“The number of fans permitted will be dependent on Government guidance in place at the time.
“And it is hoped that moving the date to later in the year will give clubs and their fans the best opportunity to attend in person.”