Tottenham return to action yet again in Capital One Cup action against Steve Bruce’s Hull City in the second game against the Tigers in four days. Tottenham could only muster a 4th Round position last season where they fell to the hands of former player Chris Hughton and his Norwich side. Spurs overcame Aston Villa in the last round with Hull beating Huddersfield.
Tottenham and the League cup is a relationship that has formed quite well since the Carling Cup winning side of 2008. Spurs managed to get all the way back to the final in 2009 however previous seasons have shown a more concentrated focus on the league itself rather than the former Worthington Cup. Spurs have a good history in the competition however. Since 1971, Tottenham have picked the trophy up 4 times (1971, 1973, 1999, 2008). Spurs have given fans their most treasured memory in recent years after beating Chelsea 2-1 in Wembley Stadium in 2008 to see Spurs legends Ledley King and Robbie Keane lift the coveted trophy together.
This is the first meeting of the two clubs in the League Cup. Hull have only won one once at White Hart Lane winning 1-0 in October 2008. They drew 0-0 on their only other visit to Spurs in the top flight the following season. The sides have only met on 25 previous occasions. Tottenham have won 11 times (including the 1-0 win on Sunday), Hull six and there have been eight draws between them. All nine of Tottenham’s Premier League goals this season have either been assisted or scored by a summer signing with Spurs having kept the most clean sheets in the top flight this campaign (six), along with Southampton.19 points equals AVB’s men’s best start to a Premier League season after nine matches.
Spurs have not lost in 90 minutes at home in the League Cup since losing 3-1 to Birmingham City in October 2000 – a run of 18 matches and before beating Aston Villa in the last round, Tottenham were knocked out in their preceding four League Cup matches against top-flight opposition. Tottenham have won the competition four times in 1971, 1973 , 1999 and 2008. Hull have reached the fourth round of the League Cup for the first time since 1977-78, when they lost 5-1 at Tottenham’s North London rivals Arsenal. The Tigers have been eliminated on six of the last seven occasions that they have faced Premier League opposition in this competition. Their win came at Wigan Athletic in August 2008, the only occasion they have won over 90 minutes away from home against top flight opposition in 20 League Cup matches.
Injury wise, Tottenham had Etienne Capoue and Younes Kaboul return to training this week however they are unlikely to feature after just returning. It could mean that squad players, such as Jermain Defoe, Kyle Naughton and Erik Lamela, all come into the team. Brad Friedel could also be reinstated after his top performance in the third round between the posts in place of Hugo Lloris, who is likely to be rested. Hull have little injury concern but Danny Graham remains a doubt. Tottenham Loanee Jake Livermore is not eligible to play. For Hull, the likes of Aaron McLean, Robert Koren and Stephen Quinn could all be given roles from the start at White Hart Lane.
Predicted Team: Friedel; Naughton, Chiriches, Kaboul, Vertonghen; Dembélé, Sandro, Sigurdsson, Lamela, Eriksen, Defoe.
Predicted Score: Tottenham 1-0 Hull City (Defoe)