The Semi-Finals of the Carling Cup kick-off tonight when holders Tottenham Hotspur host this season's giantkillers Burnley.

The Claret's have already beaten three Premier League sides, including both Arsenal and Chelsea while Spurs have beaten Liverpool, Newcastle United and Watford on their way to the last four.

Both teams go into the game in a good run of form, Spurs having lost just twice in their last eight, while Burnley have suffered just two defeats in their last nine games.

Owen Coyle's side currently sit fifth in the Coca-Cola Championship table, while Spurs are now 16th in the Premier League, having won 10 of the 18 games since Harry Redknapp took charge.

The two sides have met five times in the League Cup, the last time at the Fourth Round stage in 2004/05. The game at Turf Moor ended in a 3-0 win for Premier League side, with two goals from Robbie Keane and one for Jermain Defoe, who by the time of kick off tonight could be a Spurs player once more.

The two clubs also went head to head at the third round stage two years earlier but on that occasion the night belonged to Burnley with goals from Davis and Robbie Blake sending the home side through, how Blake would love to be on the scoresheet again tonight.

In 1993/94 the sides met again, this time at the second round stage, where ties were played over two legs. The first match at Turf Moor ended goalless before Spurs won the second leg 3-1 with two goals from Sheringham and one for Howells.

The only other meeting in this competition came back in 1982/83 at the Fifth Round stage where Burnley ran out 4-1 winners at White Hart Lane.

In total the two sides have met 101 times with Spurs having the slightest of edges having won 39 and lost 38, while 24 of the games have ended even.

Route to the Semi Finals


Due to their involvement in the UEFA Cup Spurs only came into the competition at Round 3, beating Newcastle 2-1 at St James Park, thanks to goals from Pavlyuchenko and O'Hara.

Liverpool were the next opponents at White Hart Lane and after Pavlyuchenko opened the scoring, a brace from Fraizer Campbell fired them into a 3-0 lead at half time. Plessis pulled a goal back just after the break before Pavlyuchenko scored again to seal the win. Sami Hypia's strike proving to be nothing more than a consolation.

Watford were next up for Harry Redknapp's side where despite going a goal down, Pavlyuchenko and Darren Bent kept alive Spurs' chances of retaining the title and set up tonight's Semi-Final.


Burnley have had a longer route to the Semi's after kicking off their campaign back in August with a trip to local rivals Bury. Two goals from Martin Paterson secured a 2-0 win and set up a second round home game with Oldham. The Northern Irish international grabbed another brace against the Latics, in a 3-0 win, with Chris McCann scoring the other.

Fulham were next up for Coyle's side and with the game seemingly heading into extra time, youngster Jay Rodriguez wrote himself into Burnley history with his first senior goal for the club and set up a fourth round trip to Stamford Bridge.

Didier Drogba gave Chelsea the lead after just 27 minutes but Burnley's cup dream wasn't over yet and Ade Akinbiyi, on as a second half substitute, sent the game into extra time. Brian Jensen was the hero on the night saving two penalties to send the Clarets through.

The Quarter-Final with Arsenal bought another hero, as youngster Kevin McDonald scored both goals in a 2-0 win over Arsene Wenger's young guns and edge Burnley closer too reaching their first final for 47 years.

You can read more preview to the big match in today's feature