Match: Wednesday 30th October 2013.
Capital One Cup
Feels like just the other day we faced Hull City at Home! Our unconvincing 1-0 win over the Tigers on Sunday was a very frustrating game in the Premier League, but we got the three points and a clean sheet. Now to repeat the process in the League Cup, but hopefully in an easier and less stressful way, a convincing win would fit the bill for this game. Cup competitions split opinion of the fans, some want us to go all out and win a trophy, some want us to play our youth team in the cups and focus 100% on the Premier League. With the squad we have, I believe we have a good chance of winning a trophy this season, whether that’s the League Cup, FA Cup, or dare I say the Premier League I don’t know but I’d love to win one of them. Winning a trophy is what football is all about; emphasised by this quote: ‘The Game is About Glory’. The top four and the Champions League is without a doubt our main aim, but we should certainly be trying very hard to put some more silverware into our trophy cabinet.
Hull City showed us on Sunday that they are a good side that can press very well and make it difficult for their opposition, they are well organised and have players that can create opportunities. They lack a goalscorer, that’s for sure, but their midfield is very solid. In the Capital One Cup I expect Hull to play a weakened side, their main aim is to stay in the Premier League and any other competition could well distract from that, although I have no doubt that they will try very hard to win with the side they put out, they wouldn’t be devastated with a loss I wouldn’t think.
Rotation is very much expected from Andre Villas Boas. This seems the perfect game to rest his key players ahead of a very testing game against Everton at Goodison Park that will be one of our biggest challenges of the season. AVB should rest as many first teamers as possible for this clash with Hull, and when he does this we will still have a strong team to put out. The joys of a deep squad. Erik Lamela hasn’t sprung into life yet, as he is finding it difficult to settle, although now his family have arrived in England this should help. Our record signing has undoubted ability, but as AVB said, he isn’t showing ‘half’ of what he can do, hopefully he gives us a little taste of what he can do at White Hart Lane on Wednesday should he start. Emmanuel Adebayor is back training and in the squad for this game; I’d expect Manu to start, and hopefully show some of the form he has been capable of pre last season. Adebayor is a player that, if he hits form, could be a great asset to the team. Younes Kaboul, Etienne Capoue and Danny Rose are all very close to coming back into the squad, but this game could have come too early for them as they continue their recovery. It’d be great to see at least one in the squad. Ezequiel Fryers is a doubt, but Andros Townsend should be fit for the game, but Townsend is very likely to be rested after his nasty fall on Sunday which sprained his wrist.
A game we want to win to continue in the cup! Wembley is always a great occasion, so let’s strive for it! Sadly, the game is not televised, but I’ll be sure to find a stream for you all and I’ll post it on my twitter account (@AddictedtoSpurs). Make sure you follow me there for team news, match updates, pictures and video updates. COYS!!
Match Facts provided by BBC Sport.
– This is the first meeting in the League Cup for Spurs and Hull.
– 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 were knocked out in their preceding four League Cup matches against top-flight opposition.
– Spurs 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 Arsenal.
– The Tigers have been eliminated on six of the last seven occasions that they have faced Premier League opposition in this competition.
– That 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.
My predicted/preferred team to face Hull City at White Hart Lane in the Capital One Cup:
Walker – Dawson – Chiriches – Naughton
Lamela – Paulinho – Dembele – Chadli
Adebayor – Defoe