Brentford vs Newcastle: EFL Cup quarter-final preview

The Bees have already knocked out three Premier League sides – Southampton, West Brom and Fulham – to reach this stage and will be looking to continue their terrific recent form by making it four. 

Thomas Frank’s men are unbeaten in 13 games in the Championship, though the Dane insists it is the Toon who remain favourites for the last-eight tie. 

His opposite number Steve Bruce is enduring a difficult spell, largely due to a coronavirus outbreak at the club, which has contributed to the 5-2 thumping by Leeds in midweek, as well as the 1-1 home draw to Fulham on Saturday. 

Brentford vs Newcastle is scheduled for a 5:30pm kick-off on Tuesday, December 22, 2020.

The game will be played behind closed doors at the Brentford Community Stadium, with London under strict Tier 4 coronavirus restrictions. 

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.

Thomas 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. 

Prediction: Brentford 2-1 Newcastle

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 (h2h) history and results

  • Brentford wins: 3
  • Draws: 0
  • Newcastle wins: 8

Bettings odds and tips (subject to change)

  • Brentford to win: 11/8
  • Draw: 5/2
  • Newcastle to win: 11/5

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