Spurs vs Hull: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Ups, Key Man & Predicted Score
Tottenham Hotspur take on Hull City at White Hart Lane for the second time in four days in the Capital One Cup fourth round on Wednesday night. Here’s a preview
Tottenham Hotspur take on Hull City at White Hart Lane for the second time in four days in the Capital One Cup fourth round on Wednesday night.
The two sides met on Sunday with Spurs running out 1-0 winners thanks to a controversial late penalty that was converted by Roberto Soldado, so Hull will be out for revenge this evening.
Boss Andre Villas-Boas questioned the fans support after the match claiming there is a ‘tense’ atmosphere in the ground, so it will be interesting to see what response he gets from the White Hart Lane faithful tonight.
Spurs reached the fourth round with a comprehensive victory over Aston Villa in the previous round and should be confident of seeing off the Tigers for the second time in succession.
However, Steve Bruce’s men frustrated the north Londoners on Sunday and have enjoyed an excellent start to the season which sees them currently sitting comfortably in the top half of the table, so shouldn’t be underestimated.
AVB is expected to ring the changes with a number of first team players given a well-earned rest. Hugo Lloris, Michael Dawson, Paulinho, Sandro, Andros Townsend and Roberto Soldado are among those likely to be given a breather.
Defender Danny Rose remains out with a toe problem while Younes Kaboul is also struggling to overcome an abductor injury. Midfielder Etienne Capoue is not yet ready to return as he continues his rehabilitation from an ankle injury so Lewis Holtby could play in a deeper role.
Youngster Zeki Fryers is a doubt with a groin injury but he might be risked at left-back, while Brad Freidel, Erik Lamela, Nacer Chadli and Jermaine Defoe are expected to start.
Hull may also make some changes from the side that lost on Sunday but Steve Bruce will once again have to make do without the services of Allan McGregor, Danny Graham, James Chester and Sone Aluko, who are all injured.
Jake Livermore is unable to play against his parent club while Tom Huddlestone may be given a rest. Robert Koren and Robbie Brady are not expected to start due to a lack of match fitness.
Jermaine Defoe: The England striker can be deadly in front of goal on his day and Hull will have to cut off the supply lines to the front man to stifle his threat.
Tottenham 2-0 Hull City: Despite fielding a weakened side, we can see Spurs easing to victory this evening.
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