Carabao Cup semi-final draw RECAP
– Manchester City beat Arsenal 4-1 last night after Brentford beat Newcastle 2-0
– Tottenham saw off Stoke City 3-1 to book spot in the final four
– Semi-finals will take place 5/6 January 2021
– United host City at Old Trafford while Tottenham take on Brentford
10.25pm: A Manchester derby it is, a repeat of the 2019 semis.
Then, United lost 3-1 at home before winning 1-0 away only to crash out 3-2 on aggregate. City went on to beat Aston Villa in the final.
Can United get their revenge? We’ll find out 5/6 January 2021.
Brentford, meanwhile, take on Tottenham in a London derby in their first ever semi-final of a major domestic cup competition. Oof.
10.22pm: CARABAO CUP SEMI-FINAL DRAW CONFIRMED
Aaaand we’re finally done. Not much draw build-up this time but plenty of post-match analysis before we got down to it.
The draw is as follows…
Manchester United vs Manchester City
Tottenham vs Brentford
A reminder that the matches are 90-minute ties as opposed to the previous two-legged format of years gone by.
10.03pm: We’re back from the Sky Sports ad break and the draw isn’t far away. Stay with us!
The Manchester clubs and Tottenham will hope to draw Brentford but Jose Mourinho is aware of the Bees’ threat.
He said earlier: “Brentford, for me, the way they play they are not Championship, they are Premier League.”
9.53pm: There we have, it’s United who are the fourth and final team into the last four of the Carabao Cup.
Anthony Martial adds a late stoppage-time second for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, who end up 2-0 victors over Everton.
So it’s United, City, Brentford and Spurs all looking to secure a Wembley showpiece showdown. We’re all set for an intriguing couple of semi-final ties.
9.45pm: Advantage Manchester United at Goodison Park! Edinson Cavani puts the Red Devils 1-0 up with two minutes of normal time remaining.
If the game ends as a draw we’ll head to penalties but it looks as though United have stolen it at the death.
After that match ends, we’ll have the semi-final draw.
9.30pm: The Carabao Cup semi-final draw will pit three Premier League sides – Manchester City, Tottenham and either Manchester United or Everton – and one Championship side – Brentford – against each other this evening.
This year’s final four is slightly different, with it being a 90-minute tie rather than a two-legged semi-final format.
Whoever is drawn out of the pot first will get the honour of being the home team in the semis, which take place in early January.
The final, however, has been rescheduled from its original February date in hope of getting fans inside Wembley Stadium.
The EFL said in a recent statement: “This season’s Carabao Cup Final has been rescheduled and will now take place on Sunday 25 April 2021, with a 4pm kick-off.
“It is the objective of the League to stage the Final with as many supporters in attendance as possible and the decision has therefore been taken to move the Final from its original date of Sunday 28 February 2021 to later in the year.
“The number of fans permitted will be dependent on Government guidance in place at the time and it is hoped that moving the date to later in the year will give Clubs and their fans the best opportunity to attend in person.”
9.20pm: Holders Manchester City are the favourites to win this tournament as they seek a fourth successive League Cup triumph under Pep Guardiola.
City have won this cup four times in the last five years, beating Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Aston Villa at Wembley.
They thrashed Mikel Arteta’s ailing Arsenal 4-1 on Tuesday night, after which Pep Guardiola said: “It is just one game but I am happy to be in the semi-finals.”
Asked about the rescheduled final, he added: “One step at a time, please. I don’t know where we will be in April.
“Now it is Newcastle and then Everton – just two days difference We have to see the draw. We are going to play to reach the final four years in a row.”