05 January 2021 18:42
T onight's Carabao Cup semi-final offers Jose Mourinho's Tottenham a glorious chance to get within touching distance of a first trophy since 2008, so Championship side Brentford should not expect to be met by a second string in north London. The postponement of last week's Premier League game against Fulham may yet leave Spurs with a fixture headache down the line but in the short-term it will give Mourinho more confidence to stick with a spine of Hugo Lloris, Toby Alderweireld or Eric Dier, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Heung-min Son and Harry Kane against the Bees. Matt Doherty is suspended after being sent off against Leeds on Saturday but Serge Aurier is in contention, while Sergio Reguilon will also be hoping for a start despite disappointing Mourinho by breaching coronavirus guidelines over Christmas. Harry Winks has been preferred in the last three matches ahead of Moussa Sissoko but the Frenchman could offer fresh legs in the midfield, while Dele Alli will be hoping for his first start since the win over Stoke in the last round. Lucas Moura also started at the bet365 Stadium and is likely be given the nod over Steven Bergwijn after Mourinho revealed the misfiring Dutchman is carrying a series of knocks.
Erik Lamela is unavailable, although Mourinho has refused to say why, while Giovani Lo Celso is expected to miss the rest of the month with a hamstring strain. Gareth Bale is unlikely to be ready after injuring his calf at Stoke, while Joe Rodon is cup-tied having featured in the competition for Swansea. Tottenham predicted XI (4-3-3): Lloris; Aurier, Sanchez, Dier, Reguilon; Sissoko, Hojbjerg, Dele; Lucas, Son, Kane Tuesday, January 5, 7.45pm, Sky Sports Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Tottenham squad from: Lloris, Hart, Gazzaniga, Whiteman, Aurier, Tanganga, Alderweireld, Davies, Reguilon, Dier, Sanchez, Winks, Sissoko, Hojbjerg, Dele, Clarke, Ndombele, Bale, Lucas, Son, Bergwijn, Vinicius, Kane. Injured: Lo Celso (hamstring), Lamela (unknown) Doubts: Bale (calf)