Ace Football previews the Carabao Cup match between Tottenham and Brentford, and offers betting tips, odds, line-ups, and team news.
Tottenham and Brentford lock horns on Tuesday night in north London fo in a Carabao Cup semi-final tie, with the prize being a ticket to Wembley for the final itself.
The prospect of silverware at the end of the tunnel will keep both squads fired up in the chilly conditions. Both clubs have gone an age since last winning any trophies. But at the end of the night, there can only be one winner. And as Jose Mourinho so wisely put it, ‘the only thing more important than semi-finals is finals’.
On the back of a nice break over the weekend, along with their impressive run in the Carabao Cup, Brentford will hope to wreak havoc in London. The question is can the hosts take the heat?
Tottenham Form & Stats
Harry Kane and Son Heung-min made headlines again in the 3-0 win over Leeds United. The pair equaled Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton’s record for the most combined goals in Premier League history on 13. And with the season yet to reach the halfway mark, they’ll fancy their chances of snatching sole bragging rights to the record.
The victory also eased some pressure off Tottenham. December wasn’t an easy month, having to play eight games in all competitions with very little rest. Results naturally suffered, as a result, causing the club to suffer costly back-to-back defeats to Liverpool and Leicester.
But the hosts recovered to win two of their last three games ahead of Brentford’s visit. Spurs outclassed Stoke City 3-1 in their quarter-final clash after overcoming Chelsea and Colchester on penalties. And with a four-time EFL cup-winning coach in Mourinho on board, they’re hopeful of a first trophy since 2008.
Key Team Stats
- Won 2 of their last 3 games (D1).
- Won 8 of their last 15 League Cup semi-finals.
- Jose Mourinho has won 15 of his 17 domestic cup games against non-Premier League sides (D1 L1).
- Last lost to Brentford in March 1948.
Brentford Form & Stats
The stats make a great read indeed. Brentford have won their last four games in all competitions and are unbeaten in their last 16 matches overall (W9 D7). They’ve moved up to fourth in the Championship and sit just two points off an automatic promotion spot. And if that wasn’t enough already, the visitors could book a ticket to Wembley on Tuesday.
Make no mistake about it, Brentford are in the semi-finals on merit. The Bees overcame Premier League sides in Southampton, West Brom, Fulham, and Newcastle to reach the last four. Therefore, they won’t be intimidated by Spurs.
The cancellation of Saturday’s Championship game against Bristol City could also be a blessing in disguise. It gave Thomas Frank’s men a chance to rest from their hectic schedule, meaning they should be firing on all cylinders in London.
Key Team Stats
- On a four-match winning run.
- Unbeaten in their last 16 games (W9 D7)
- First-ever League Cup semi-final appearance.
- Beaten 4 Premier League teams in the League Cup.
- Failed to win in their 7 away games against Spurs (D2 L5).
Out: Matt Doherty (suspended), Joe Rodon (cup-tied), Giovani lo Celso (hamstring), Gareth Bale (calf), Erik Lamela (COVID-19).
Doubts: Shandon Baptiste (knee), Christian Norgaard (ankle).
(Note: The image will change to the official XI once they’re both announced)
Below are some head-to-head stats on each team’s recent form in the Carabao Cup.