Our live stream ahead of Tuesday nights EFL Cup match, Tottenham Hotspur vs Brentford is now online, kicking off at 19.45 GMT
You can keep an eye on the commentary as it happens below, but first, we take a preview into the fixture, lineups, predictions and much more…
Spurs come into this game off the back of a solid 3-0 home win against Premier League newcomers Leeds United. The three points were enough to pull Spurs back into the top four as Mourinho’s side had gone four games without a win in the league.
Having already played nine fixtures in the Europa League this season, Jose Mourinho will feel that his Spurs squad have been involved in more than enough matches since the beginning of September.
However, whilst Spurs edged past Chelsea on penalties and outclassed Stoke City they have only been required to come through two fixtures to reach this stage of the EFL Cup, three games fewer than their next opponents.
Spurs progressed to the EFL Cup semi final after beating Stoke 3-1 away at the Bet365 Stadium…
Brentford started their journey to the last four when their upcoming foes were still involved in pre-season.
The Bees required penalties to see off Wycombe Wanderers and West Bromwich Albion along the way, but overcoming Southampton, Fulham and Newcastle United means that they will not be underestimated by their hosts.
Thomas Frank’s team have not tasted defeat in any competition since a 3-2 reverse at Stoke on October 24, a run spanning 16 encounters.
Frank will hope that the unexpected cancellation of Saturday’s fixture with Bristol City does not have a negative effect on a group of players who have only benefitted from the unrelenting schedule in the Championship.
The Bees beat Newcastle United 1-0 at the Brentford Community Stadium to progress to the semi finals for the first time in their history…
On being the most important game since taking charge…
“After more than one decade, every competition becomes more important – and if we win two matches, we win a trophy,”
“In the perspective of the club chasing silverware for many years, I would say so.”
“Of course, we always have important matches – last season we had a match at Crystal Palace that would give us participation in this season’s Europa League or not.
“The match against Leeds [last Saturday] was very important as we went a few games without a victory in the Premier League. But I would say a semi-final is always a very important match. The only one more important is a final.”
On facing either Manchester United or City in the final…
“It is about my club, it is about the players who want trophies, it is about fans who want trophies and this one is the one where we just need two victories.
“Of course, [we face] difficult opponents but we need two victories and need to look at this semi-final with this ambition, respecting a very, very good team who kicked a few very good Premier League teams out of the competition.”
On the challenge ahead…
“I have studied football for many years and Jose is one of the greatest of all time so it’s a privilege to play against his team,”
“I admire him a lot for having that fantastic career. But when the whistle blows it’s just another bloke standing in the dug-out. I’m still pretty sure he also goes to the toilet sometimes!”
On covid guidlines
“I think it’s very important that we have guidelines the same across all the games,” he said. “We are going to play so many games already, when will they find the time for the remaining games?
“If you don’t have consistency, it will add up either extending the season again, then we are into the Euros. A strict guideline would really be helpful.”
Tottenham Hotspur EFL Cup form: DW
Tottenham Hotspur form (all competitions): DLLWDW
Brentford EFL Cup form: DWDWW
Brentford form (all competitions): WDWWWW
Tottenham Hotspur possible starting lineup:
Lloris; Aurier, Sanchez, Dier, Davies; Hojbjerg, Sissoko; Moura, Alli, Son; Kane
Brentford possible starting lineup:
Raya; Dalsgaard, Jansson, Pinnock, Henry; Dasilva, Janelt, Jensen; Mbuemo, Toney, Canos
Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Brentford
Having been provided with a much-deserved break over the weekend, we expect Brentford to be firing on all cylinders at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
However, regardless of the amount of that which are made by Mourinho, Spurs should have enough in the tank to edge their way into the final.
Time to take a look at our Tottenham Hostpur vs Brentford live match stream as it happens…