Tonight sees Newcastle United attempt to reach the league cup semi-finals for the first time in almost 40 years, as they visit Tottenham for the second time in six weeks.

Goals from Sammy Ameobi and Ayoze Perez won it for Newcastle at White Hart Lane back in October and both will be hoping to help the Magpies get one step closer to their first ever appearance at the “new” Wembley.

Alan Pardew’s side have already seen off champions Manchester City, League One side Gillingham and Crystal Palace to get this far, while Spurs have beaten Nottingham Forest and Brighton after entering a round later than Newcastle due to European commitments.

As usual, a result will be determined on the night, so extra time and penalties are a possibility.

Pardew revealed that three of his squad are struggling with injury ahead of the game – Papiss Cisse, Cheick Tiote and Mike Williamson. With the Tyne-Wear derby looming on Sunday, it would be no surprise to see all three rested tonight.

Moussa Sissoko and Steven Taylor will return to the squad after suspension but after being booked against Arsenal, Daryl Janmaat will serve a one-match ban.

Teenage winger Rolando Aarons has suffered a setback in his return from a hamstring injury and will miss both games this week. Davide Santon, Ryan Taylor, Tim Krul, Rob Elliot, Siem de Jong and Gabriel Obertan are longer term absentees.

Jonas Gutierrez has returned to Tyneside after overcoming testicular cancer but no date has been set for a playing return for the Argentine winger.

As for Spurs, striker Emmanuel Adebayor won’t play after recently returning from Togo for personal reasons. Right-back Kyle Walker made his return from injury in the 2-1 win over Swansea on Sunday and could continue in defence.

Fellow defender Kyle Naughton may also be in the squad after missing the last five games with a heel injury.
Tonight’s winner will go into the draw for the semi-finals along with Chelsea, Sheffield United and the winner of the other quarter-final between Bournemouth and Liverpool.