Burnley have it all to do tonight when they face Tottenham Hotspur at Turf Moor, trailing 4-1 from the first leg.

It all started so well for the Clarets at White Hart Lane, Martin Paterson firing them ahead after just 15 minutes before a change at the break seemed to inspire the home side. Second half goals from Dawson, O'Hara and Pavlyuchenko put Spurs in control of the tie before Michael Duff put through his own net.

Owen Coyle is well aware of the size of the task his side face but all he's asking is for the players to go out and win the game and then who knows what might happen.

With Manchester United already through to the final Spurs will be desperate to reach the final for a second year in succession, to face Sir Alex Ferguson's side for the first time in a domestic final and ironically the two sides also meet in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Burnley go into the game in one of their worst runs of form this season, having won just one of their last seven games in all competition. The 2-1 defeat at Preston on Saturday pushing them out of the Championship Play-Off places.

Tottenham on the other hand go into the tie with just two wins in their last 10 matches, the point they secured at home to Portsmouth on Sunday lifting them off the bottom of the table.

Jermain Defoe scored the equalising goal against him former club and he could feature at Turf Moor, after failing to make an appearance in the competition for Pompey.

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


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 edged Burnley closer too reaching their first final for 47 years.


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.

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