Spurs’ last honour came in this same tournament thirteen years ago, and with a coach of Jose Mourinho’s silverware-winning pedigree at the helm, it could be suggested that this term’s Carabao Cup represents the team’s best opportunity to add another trophy since that triumph in 2007/08.
With a Championship team standing between Tottenham and the final – versus either Manchester United or Man City – Spurs supporters will be optimistic, but Brentford’s quality should not be underestimated.
The Bees have claimed four Premier League scalps in the competition this season, most recently defeating Newcastle in the quarter-finals.
All the pressure is on Spurs tonight. Here’s what you need to know about the Carabao Cup semi-final.
The game will kick off at 7.45pm GMT this evening at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.
The match will air live on Sky Sports Football. Subscribers can also stream it live on the Sky Sports website and SkyGo app.
The injured Giovani Lo Celso and Gareth Bale will miss out for Spurs, while Matt Doherty is suspended following his red card against Leeds. Erik Lamela and Sergio Reguilon’s Covid-19 rule breaches likely exclude the pair.
Brentford, meanwhile, are expected to field the same XI that beat Bournemouth on 30 December.
Tottenham: Lloris; Aurier, Sanchez, Dier, Davies; Hojbjerg, Sissoko; Moura, Alli, Son; Kane
Brentford: Raya; Dalsgaard, Jansson, Pinnock, Henry; Dasilva, Janelt, Jensen; Mbuemo, Toney, Canos
It would not be a total surprise to see Brentford pull off another upset here – certainly not against a club with Spurs’ history of failing to get over the line. However, Tottenham’s emphatic 3-0 Premier League win against Leeds at the weekend might have come at just the right time. Tottenham 2-1 Brentford.