White Hart Lane, London
October 30, 2013; 19:45 BST
Tottenham Hotspur host Hull City in the 4th round League Cup fixture at White Hart Lane in what will be the second meeting between these two sides in the space of two days.
Tottenham Hotspur made a good start to their campaign after a host of new arrivals this summer. They are currently fourth in the league table, three points behind league leaders Arsenal. Spurs have lost just once in their last 10 matches in all competitions and are coming into this fixture on the back of a controversial win over Hull City in their last League game. In the previous round of the League Cup, Tottenham scored four past Aston Vila as Jermaine Defoe scored a wonderful brace.
Hull City have had an impressive start to their Premier League campaign under Steve Bruce. The newly promoted side are currently 10th in the League and look the most likeliest of the new clubs to avoid relegation this season. But Steve Bruce’s men have suffered two close defeats in their last two league games, although their performances in these matches deserved better. In the 2nd round of the League Cup, Hull City defeated Leyton Orient as Robbie Brady scored a late winner in extra time. In the last round they got another close fought victory as Nick Proschwitz’s goal in the second half was enough to secure a win over Huddersfield.
The match between Tottenham and Hull City ended in with a controversial win for the home side as referee Michael Oliver grabbed all the headlines with a controversial penalty decision. Hull were unlucky to have lost that game as Steve Bruce claimed that his men had been ‘robbed’. Interestingly Andre Villas Boas blamed the fans for a negative atmosphere at White Hart Lane and a response from the supporters is expected in this game.
Tottenham Hotspur – Team News, Lineup And Formation
Tottenham Hotspur are still without Younes Kaboul, Danny Rose and Etienne Capoue due to injuries. All these players are close to returning to full fitness, but this League Cup fixture has come too early for them. Andre Villas Boas is expected to make eight changes to the side that was fielded against Hull City in the League as he looks to rotate his squad.
Ezekiel Fryers and Kyle Naughton will replace Michael Dawson and Kyle Walker in defence, as Jan Vertonghen and Vlad Chiriches resume their partnership in the center of defence. Villas Boas will once again use veteran goalkeeper Brad Friedel in cup games ahead of Hugo Lloris. Mousa Dembele, who was an substitute in the last game, will start along with Paulinho as Sandro drops back to the bench after a disappointing performance in the first half of the last game.
Jermaine Defoe will lead the line as Roberto Soldado drops back the bench. Erik Lamela will be provided with another opportunity to shine as he starts on the left, along with Christian Eriksen and Gylfi Sigurdsson in attack. Villas Boas will hope for a much better performance from his side in this game. Tottenham have struggled to score goals from open play in the league this season, although they scored plenty in other competitions. Jermaine Defoe can once again stake a claim for a place in the starting eleven with a good performance in this game.
Expected starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Friedel (GK); Naughton, Chiriches, Vertonghen, Fryers; Paulinho, Dembele; Sigurdsson, Eriksen, Lamela; Defoe
Hull City – Team News, Lineup And Formation
Steve Bruce has to deal with a host of fitness concerns ahead of this game. He is still without the likes of Abdoulaye Faye, Sone Aluko, Allan McGregor, Danny Graham and James Chester. Both Chester and Aluko are close to returning to action, but will be unavailable for this match.
Steve Bruce was furious with the result in the last game, but he was delighted with his side’s performance. His men nearly held off Tottenham and didn’t allow them too many opportunities in attack. Steve Bruce is expected to retain the 5-4-1 formation that was so successful in the last game, but he will make six changes to the side that he fielded in the weekend.
The defence will be untouched and the same back five with be retained, but Steve Harper will be replaced by Eldin Jakupovic in goal. In the midfield, Stephen Quinn will replace Ahmed Elmohamady on the right, while Robbie Brady replaces George Boyd on the left. Robert Koren and Gedo will form the center of the midfield, while Aaron McLean, who came on as substitute in the second half, will replace Yannick Sagbo upfront.
Steve Bruce won’t have to do any tactical changes and will hope that his men can once again remain organised at the back. The inclusion of Koren and Brady, arguably their most influential player this season so far, will provide them with a creative edge as they look to hit Tottenham on the break.
Expected starting line-up (5-4-1): Jakupovic (GK); Rosenior, Davies, Bruce, McShane, Figueroa; Quinn, Koren, Gedo, Brady; McLean
- This is the first meeting these two clubs in the League Cup.
- Hull have only won once at White Hart Lane – a 1-0 victory in their first-ever season in the Premier League in October 2008.
- 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.
- Before beating Aston Villa in the last round, Tottenham Hotspur were knocked out in their preceding four League Cup matches against top-flight opposition.
- Hull have reached the fourth round of the League Cup for the first time since 1977-78, when they lost 5-1 at Arsenal.
Player to watch out for: Erik Lamela (Tottenham Hotspur); Robbie Brady (Hull City)
Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Hull City