Manchester United beat Everton to set up Manchester City semi-final derby; Brentford will take on Spurs as they try to reach the first big final; Semis in the week beginning January 4 before the final on April 25
Manchester United, while Tottenham host Championship side Brentford, will welcome Manchester City to Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup semi-finals.
The semi-finals are usually two-legged events, but on this occasion, in the week beginning January 4, they will be played over only one game.
Initially, the final was scheduled for February 28, but it is now expected to be played on April 25 at Wembley.
The EFL said: “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.”
The Manchester clubs have won the last five finals between them, with a streak of City domination broken by United’s 3-2 victory over Southampton in 2017.
For the fourth year in succession and the sixth time in eight years, the Pep Guardiola squad is bidding to win the award.
At the semi-final stage last season, City knocked out their local rivals and United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “It’s probably the worst game to lose, a semi-final.”
At least you get the feeling and the build-up when you get to the final.
“So we are going to do everything we can to get to the final in a good state – of course we have many league games before that.”
For the first time since a 2-1 victory over Chelsea in the 2008 final, Jose Mourinho’s Spurs are bidding to lift the cup.
They will be favored to defeat Brentford, though four Premier League sides in Southampton, West Brom, Fulham, and Newcastle have already been knocked out by the Championship club.