Manchester United welcome Manchester City to Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup semi-finals, while Championship Brentford travel to Tottenham.
The second round will feature a derby in London, with Brentford going to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for their first grand semi-final.
The semifinals are usually two-headed jobs, but on this occasion they will be played in only one match, in the week that starts on January 4.
The final was originally scheduled for February 28, but is now being played at Wembley on April 25.
The EFL said: “The goal of the League is to set up the final with as many supporters as possible, and therefore a decision has been made to move the final from the original date.”
The clubs from Manchester have won the last five finals, and United broke a series of city domination with United’s 3-2 victory over Southampton.
Pep Guardiola’s team is bidding to win the trophy for the fourth year in a row and for the sixth time in eight years,
City knocked out their local rivals in the semi-finals last season, and United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “It’s the worst game that’s probably lost, the semi-finals.
“At least when you get to the finals, you have that feeling and accumulation.
“So we will do everything in our power to get to the finals in good condition – of course we have a lot of league games before that.”
Jose Mourinho’s Spurs are bidding to lift the trophy for the first time since Chelsea’s 2-1 win in the final.
They will favor them to beat Brentford, although the club has already knocked out four Premier League sides in the championship in Southampton, West Brom, Fulham and Newcastle.
Neville: United have nothing to fear against City
Gary Neville of Sky Sports:
“I don’t think United will be afraid of City nearly as much as they would have a year ago, and definitely not two years ago when City couldn’t play.
“Playing City a few weeks ago at Old Trafford, I don’t think United will think they have anything to worry about. City is a good side, but it’s not the one it was two years ago, and United can win, at home or away against City.
“City is a good side, they are a team that can beat you any day, but United should have nothing to fear.
Cavani, Military strike late for Man Utd
Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial sent Manchester United to the Carabao Cup semi-finals after winning 2-0 at Everton.
Cavani found the bottom corner in the 88th minute to break a deadlock in his quarterfinal clash on Wednesday night, while substitute Martial sealed the win with the final blow of the game at Goodison Park.
The upcoming schedule of Man Utd
|Date||The enemy||Competition||Start the game|
|Dec 26||Leicester (a)||premier league||12.30|
|Dec 29||Wolves (h)||premier league||20h|
|January 1||Aston Villa (h)||premier league||20h|
|January 6||City of Man (h)||Carabao Cup||TB|
|January 9th||Watford (h)||FA Cup||20h|
|Jan 17||Liverpool (a)||premier league||16:30|
|Jan 20||Fulham (a)||premier league||20.15|
|January 27th||Sheff Utd (h)||premier league||20.15|
|Jan 30||Arsenal (a)||premier league||17:30|
Brentford reaches the first major semifinal
Brentford advanced to the first major semi-final of the cup in its history, beating Newcastle 1-0 in the quarterfinals of the Carabao Cup.
Never in their 131-year existence have the Bees reached the last four of either the FA Cup or the League Cup, but Josh Dasilva’s goal in the second half (66) was enough to get the club to that stage on Tuesday night.
Cruise Manchester City past Arsenal
Manchester City kept the Carabao Cup defense firmly on track after Arsenal mitigated a 4-1 win at the Emirates Stadium and booked a place in the semi-finals.
Pep Guardiola’s team now has 18 undefeated games in the League Cup, as they have won the competition for the fourth time in a row.
Spurs too smooth for Stoke
Tottenham remain on the road for the first piece of silver since 2008, after beating Stoke City 3-1 and reaching the Carabao Cup semi-finals.
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has now reached the League Cup semi-finals for the fifth time, continuing to win the competition in each of the previous four times when his side has reached this stage (2004-05, 2006-07, 2014-15 and 2016-17).