It’s always special to win trophies, and that is exactly what the Tottenham Hotspur will continue their quest to do on Tuesday, as they host Championship side Brentford in the EFL Cup.
The Spurs and Brentford play in one half of the draw, while Manchester United will lock horns with Man City tomorrow in the other half. Of course, the winners will meet in the Finals and the chance to win this season’s first trophy.
For Tottenham, their best form has seemed to evade them lately, and they have failed to carry the momentum of their early season successes forward. Still, this is a group that can be solid, organized, and lethal up front when they’re on their game. They’ve shown well in big matches this season, and this semi-final showdown vs. Brentford certainly qualifies as one.
For Brentford, while many might perceive this clash as quite the mismatch given the fact that the Bees ply their trade in a lower league, don’t be so certain of that. Brentford are already all but certain to get promoted next year, and possess a wealth of talented players that could play right now in the Premier League. The Bees have yet to win a competitive trophy across their entire history, and this opportunity gives them a real shot.
Continue reading on beneath the posted odds as we prep you for what could be a fascinating clash between Tottenham and Brentford in the EFL Cup semi-final. Enjoy the match!
Tottenham vs. Brentford Betting Odds:
Over 2.5 (-135)
Under 2.5 (+115)
Tottenham -1 (-130)
Brentford +1 (+110)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Tottenham vs. Brentford Pick:
While often these big-club Premier League sides will field weaker lineups in the League Cup matches, now that we are in the semi-finals expect manager Jose Mourinho to go with his strongest starting eleven on Tuesday afternoon. This means Son Heung-min will look to continue his torrid pace in attack, and he’ll likely be supported by the great finisher Harry Kane and the rapid Steven Bergwijn up top.
The Spurs have been quite solid at the back of late, a sign they’re finally coming around to Mourinho’s tactical approach and play without the ball. Their current 4-2-3-1 formation allows for a lot of flexibility, but they’ve been difficult to break through on. When the Spurs do get chances, they’ve been clinical in attack and have proven to be able to score from very little.
For Brentford, manager Thomas Frank typically leans toward attacking football and shouldn’t deviate his plans for this match either. They’ll employ a 4-3-3 formation and really look to go at the Spurs and try and break down their strong defensive wall. Sergi Canos and Bryan Mbeumo are in excellent form lately, and should give the Bees a real attacking punch in what could be a back-and-forth affair.
Expect Frank’s side to not back down and really challenge the Spurs. The form they’re in should be able to result in goals, and that should force the Spurs to open things up a little more than they have typically been accustomed to doing. With added emphasis on offense, the nod should go to the Spurs’ trio of lethal finishers, but Brentford should find the net as well. The best value for Tuesday’s clash is on the over 2.5 in what should be a thrilling encounter in the League Cup.