Veqta, the only OTT service dedicated to sports in India, will exclusively live-stream the English Football League Cup games in the country this season. In a first for India a football tournament will not be broadcast on television, but will only be available live via digital medium.
All the EFL matches including quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final will be streamed live and exclusive on the Veqta.in website and the Veqta Sports Android application.
Veqta co-founder and director Varun Mathur said, “We are thrilled to be streaming the matches Live for the English Football League (Carabao Cup) in India. India has one of the largest fan bases in the world for top English football clubs, with the top six clubs having more than 50 million fans in the country. Veqta is excited to bring to the fans of top English Football teams like Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham, all the action from all the rounds of the Carabao Cup (EFL) in 2017-18. We are committed to bringing the best of world football to fans in India through the platform.”
The eight matches will be spread across two days Wednesday and Thursday, 25 and 26 October 2017 at 12.15 am onwards (IST). Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea, and Tottenham Hotspur along with 11 other teams will battle it out for qualification to the quarter-finals.
Swansea vs Manchester United is one of the key games. United, the defending EFL Cup champions, will be looking to bounce back after their embarrassing defeat at Huddersfield Town over the weekend, which was their first league defeat this season. Swansea, placed 15th in the PL table with 8 points in nine games, face United in their EFL second encounter this season. The last one was dominated by United during a 4-0 win at the Liberty stadium. United are tied at the second position in the PL table with 20 points from nine games.
Arsenal and Norwich City will be another key duel. After a boisterous 5-2 thumping of Everton on Sunday, Arsenal look to be back in form after what was a disappointing start to the league season for them. Virtually out of the Premier League title race, the London giants’ Wenger will be considering the Carabao Cup to be a key trophy this season to justify his position at the helm of Arsenal. The Last 8 games between Arsenal and Norwich have resulted in 5 wins for the Gunners, 2 draw and a win for Norwich.
Chelsea versus Everton will be yet another major NFL day. Everton Manager Ronald Koeman is looking to save his job after the team’s 2-5 defeat at home at the hands of Arsenal on Sunday. The result had pushed Everton down to the relegation zone of the PL table. Chelsea have won all the three previous encounters between the two clubs, scoring 10 goals to Everton’s none.
The EFL Cup, also known as the Carabao Cup, is an annual knockout football competition in men’s domestic English football.