Match Preview – Newcastle (H) Capital One Cup Quarter-Final

The Capital One Cup returns this week at White Hart Lane, as Spurs take on Newcastle United. After the win against Swansea at the weekend, Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping to cement Tottenham’s place in the semi-finals of the league cup with a victory over Alan Pardew’s side.

Venue: White Hart Lane

Kick-Off: 7:45pm

Television Coverage: Not televised

Stats (via BBC Sport)

Tottenham won 2-1 at St James’ Park when the clubs last met in the League Cup, in the third round in 2008-09. Roman Pavlyuchenko and Jamie O’Hara scored for Spurs. Newcastle have won their last two games at White Hart Lane, including 2-1 in the Premier League in October.

The four-time League Cup winners have scored in each of their last 25 home games in the competition. Spurs last failed to score in a League Cup game at White Hart Lane in January 1999 against Wimbledon. Tottenham have been eliminated in five of their last seven League Cup ties against fellow Premier League teams, including in last season’s quarter-final against West Ham. Harry Kane has scored in each of his last three appearances in the competition, two of which have been as a substitute.

Opposition focus

This is their first appearance in the quarter-finals of the League Cup since 2006-07, when they were eliminated by Chelsea. Alan Pardew’s side have already knocked out two Premier League sides in the League Cup this season: Crystal Palace and Manchester City. Sammy Ameobi has been directly involved in four goals in his last four appearances in the League Cup (three assists, one goal).

Star ManChristian Eriksen

When there’s something strange on the scoresheet, who ya gonna call? Of course, it’s Christian Eriksen. After yet another last gasp winner at the Liberty Stadium this week, the Dane has cemented his place as the official rescuer of Tottenham Hotspur. Hugo Lloris spoke of the additional quality that Spurs had over Swansea on Monday, suggesting that was the reason behind their eventual victory. Eriksen’s ability to drive the ball from distance has become a prominent part of his game, with the Swansea keeper forced into several difficult saves throughout the game. This additional quality allows Spurs to resurrect any game, and against Newcastle this may be necessary.

Team News

Emmanuel Adebayor is unable to return to the side after his return from compassionate leave. Kyle Naughton is expected to return in defence, alongside Vlad Chiriches.

Predictions

Starting XI – Lloris, Naughton, Chiriches, Kaboul, Rose, Stambouli, Dembélé, Townsend, Lennon, Kane, Soldado

Score – Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Newcastle United

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