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Carabao Cup

Carabao Cup: The Semi-Final preview

A place in April's showpiece Final is up for grabs...

31 December 2020

Just four teams remain on the road to Wembley... who will make it to this season's Carabao Cup Final?

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR v BRENTFORD

The first of the two Semi-Finals pits Premier League Tottenham Hotspur against Championship side Brentford. Managed by the joint-most successful manager in the competition's history, Jose Mourinho, Tottenham will be the favourites to progress, but high-flying Brentford have beaten four top-flight sides to reach this stage, and should not be underestimated. 

  • Tuesday 5 January
  • 7:45pm
  • Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Tottenham saw off another Championship side, Stoke City, to reach the last four, and will be hoping for more of the same here. Spurs saw off Chelsea on penalties to kick-start their Cup campaign back in November and, with the likes of Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min in their ranks, have a real opportunity to win the competition for the first time since 2007/08. “It would be massive to reach the Final," said Harry Winks, the boyhood Spurs fan who came through the club's Academy system, and they're now just one step away from doing so.

Brentford have overcome the odds to deservedly book their place in the Semis for the first time in their history. The only remaining EFL club in this season's competition, they have seen off Southampton, West Bromwich Albion, Fulham and, most recently, Newcastle United to get to this point, where they will be looking for a fifth Premier League scalp. Leading the line is Ivan Toney, last season's Sky Bet League One golden boot winner and current Sky Bet Championship top scorer, who is sure to be a threat. "There are very few times players can create totally new history," manager Thomas Frank has said, and this is one of them.

Did you know: This will be the fourth time the sides have been drawn against each other in this competition in the last 30 years. Tottenham won two-legged Round Two ties in 1992, 1998 and 2000. The Bees last faced Spurs in league competition in the 1949/50 season.

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MANCHESTER UNITED v MANCHESTER CITY

A fixture that needs no introduction, the Manchester derby is back, and this time there's a place in the Final on the line. After meeting at the same stage in last season's competition, United will be out for revenge... but can they stop City as Pep Guardiola's men look to lift the Cup for a fourth year in a row?

  • Wednesday 6 January
  • 7:45pm
  • Old Trafford

Manchester United's incredible away form continued in the Quarter-Finals, as the Reds saw off Everton at Goodison Park with strikes from Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial to reach the last four. Having already seen off Luton Town and Brighton and Hove Albion in earlier rounds, United have now scored eight goals and conceded zero on their road to Wembley so far. "We're one step from the Final and the spirit in the camp is really good," said Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is looking to win his first piece of silverware as manager of the club. With bragging rights also on the line, there's plenty at stake.

Manchester City have made this competition their own in recent years, and breezed past Arsenal in the last round to set up the big Semi-Final clash with United. AFC Bournemouth and Burnley have also been knocked out by the holders in 2020/21, and with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and last season's Alan Hardaker Trophy winner Phil Foden at their disposal, Guardiola's side may take some stopping. "In previous seasons, winning this competition has given us a real boost," the City boss wrote in last season's programme notes for the Final, and there's no doubt that another triumph will be firmly in his sights.

Did you know: Manchester United and Manchester City are just the second pair of teams to meet in the League Cup Semi-Finals in consecutive seasons, after Arsenal and Tottenham faced off in the last four in both 2006/07 and 2007/08. 

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