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Tottenham Hotspur V Brentford: Carabao Cup Semi-final Preview

Tottenham Hotspur v Brentford: Carabao Cup Semi-final preview

History will be made at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Tuesday night, with the Championship’s Brentford taking part in their first ever major cup semi-final.

The Bees opened an exciting new chapter in their history this season, opening their new Brentford Community Stadium, and Thomas Frank’s side will be quietly confident of making their first major final when they head to Spurs.

Brentford are currently on a run of 16 games unbeaten in all competitions, six points off the top of England’s second tier with a game in hand to league leaders Norwich City.

The West London side have already eliminated four Premier League sides on their League Cup run this season – West Bromwich Albion, Southampton, Fulham and Newcastle United – and they’ll have their eyes on another at Spurs this week.

Due to their involvement in the UEFA Europa League, Tottenham Hotspur have only had to win two games to make it to Tuesday’s semi-final.

A penalty shootout victory over Chelsea and a comprehensive win over Stoke City paved the way for Spurs to be within 90 minutes of April’s rescheduled Wembley final.

Tottenham will be weary of Brentford’s threat here. Spurs were eliminated by lower league opponents in both domestic cup competitions last season, losing to Colchester United (League Cup) and Norwich City (FA Cup) on penalties.

The most recent meeting of these London sides was in this competition 20 years ago. Brentford have only won two of their 15 previous games against Spurs, most recently in 1948 when both sides played in the old second division.

Shadon Baptiste is Brentford’s only injury concern going into the semi-final against Spurs. Jose Mourinho will be without Sergio Reguilon, Giovani Lo Celso, Erik Lamela and Gareth Bale. Steven Bergwijn is also a doubt for the hosts.

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