Brentford contest their first-ever Carabao Cup quarter-final clash this evening as they look to claim another high-profile Premier League scalp.
The Bees have already seen off West Brom, Southampton and west London rivals Fulham en route to the last eight and will no doubt fancy their chances of causing another upset on Tuesday night.
Thomas Frank’s in-form side are riding a 13-match unbeaten streak and sit fourth in the Championship following Saturday’s 3-1 win over Reading.
They now face a Newcastle outfit that have been badly affected by Covid-19 of late and were thrashed 5-2 by Leeds last week before being held to a draw at home by Fulham.
Steve Bruce remains without key duo Allan Saint-Maximin and Jamaal Lascelles due to the long-term effects of coronavirus, while Championship top scorer Ivan Toney will be eager to make an emphatic statement against the club that sold him back in 2018.
With kick-off scheduled for 5.30pm GMT, follow all the build-up and live match action with Standard Sport’s blog below.
Newcastle team news
Newcastle are without key winger Allan Saint-Maximin and captain Jamaal Lascelles due to the long-term effects of coronavirus.
Defenders Javi Manquillo and Fabian Schar are out, while goalkeeper Martin Dubravka is still working his way back from injury.
Brentford team news
Frank will be able to welcome back midfielder Christian Norgaard for the first time since early October after an ankle injury, though he has not yet decided whether the Dane will start or be among the substitutes.
The Bees also have Ethan Pinnock back from suspension following his red card against Watford last week, but Pontus Jansson remains out.
Standard Sport prediction: Brentford 2-1 Newcastle
Thomas Frank may insist that his side are still the underdogs, but there’s no doubting who has the greater momentum coming into this clash.
The prospect of reaching the first major cup semi-final in the club’s history should be a huge motivator, too.
Head to head history and results
- Brentford wins: 3
- Draws: 0
- Newcastle wins: 8
How to watch Brentford vs Newcastle
TV channel: The match will be televised on Sky Sports Main Event and Football channels.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or Sky Go app.
Date, time and venue
Brentford vs Newcastle is scheduled for a 5:30pm kick-off today (Tuesday, December 22, 2020).
The game will be played behind closed doors at the Brentford Community Stadium, with London now under strict Tier 4 coronavirus restrictions.
Welcome to Brentford vs Newcastle coverage
Good afternoon and a very warm welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of a huge night for Brentford.
Thomas Frank’s Bees are looking to take another Premier League scalp and reach the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup as they entertain Newcastle in west London…