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    Tom HamiltonSenior Writer

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      • Joined ESPN in 2011
      • Covered two Olympics, a pair of Rugby World Cups and two British & Irish Lions excursions
      • Previously rugby editor, and have become senior author in 2018

Neatly sandwiched between all of the festive video games in England are the quarterfinals of the Carabao Cup. Four of the standard Premier League “Big Six” are in motion with Arsenal internet hosting Manchester City, whereas Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton will look to proceed their gradual rise with a victory over resurgent Manchester United. Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur journey to Stoke, whereas Brentford welcome Newcastle United to west London. Here’s our preview of the quarterfinals.

Brentford vs. Newcastle, Tuesday at 12.30 p.m. ET, live on ESPN+

Last season’s dropping Championship playoff finalists have been by their regular low season rejig, the place the larger fish decide off their brightest skills. Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa) and Said Benrahma (West Ham) departed for the Premier League over the summer time, however Brentford’s nice planning meant the transition to this season has been seamless. They are undefeated in 13 video games and beat Reading 3-1 on the weekend to go fourth within the Championship, with Bryan Mbuemo wanting like he is discovered high kind after grabbing a brace.

Brentford’s recruitment and analytics methods — the place they bring about younger expertise straight into their B-Team, having completed away with the academy — have drawn envious glances from increased up the meals chain, and the membership look able to punching above their weight. While Watkins resides as much as his £27m price ticket within the Premier League at Villa, his substitute Ivan Toney — signed from Peterborough for £5m plus add-ons — has stuffed his sizeable footwear with aplomb.

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