Brentford have beaten four Premier League teams in the EFL Cup but may struggle to get past a determined Tottenham outfit in Tuesday’s semi-final. Spurs have a clear edge in quality and Jose Mourinho always takes this competition seriously, having lifted the trophy with Chelsea and Manchester United.
Both of these south-coast teams have much more important matters to deal with than the EFL Cup this season and could be forgiven for not putting too much emphasis on Thursday night’s game. Brighton once again start the campaign aiming for Premier League survival while Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett is under pressure to earn automatic promotion out of League One.
Everton will hope a smart summer in the transfer market sees them challenging for silverware this season and they begin their EFL Cup campaign with the visit of League Two side Salford. The Toffees enjoyed an impressive start to the new campaign at the weekend with a 1-0 victory at Tottenham and look to have recruited well under Carlo Ancelotti.
Harrogate made a dream start to life in the EFL at the weekend and will now be eyeing a cup upset at Premier League new boys West Brom. Town were promoted through the National League play-offs last month and have started the new season with four successive away games in three different competitions.