Capital One Cup: Tottenham Hotspur v Hull City match preview

A look ahead to this week’s Capital One cup fixture at White Hart Lane

About the fixture…

Andre Villas Boas may have been right to slam the home fans for the “negative energy” at White Hart Lane on Sunday, but he must find a way to give them something to cheer about against the very same opponents in the Capital One cup tonight.

Spurs beat Hull three days ago, courtesy of a controversial Roberto Soldado penalty, after failing to break down Steve Bruce’s side from open play.

For this match, Villas Boas looks set to make wholesale changes to his team, with £30m-signing Erik Lamela and out-of-favour Emanuel Adebayor likely to play a part.

Steve Bruce’s men may have won only once in five away games this season, but Hull’s attacking force will be boosted by the likely return of midfielder Robert Koren and striker Danny Graham in their quest to reach the Capital One quarter-final for the first time.

KICK-OFF:  Wednesday, 7:45pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Tottenham Hotspur 1 Hull City 0, Premier League, October 2013

Tottenham Hotspur 0 Hull City 0, Premier League, January 2010

Hull City 1 Tottenham Hotspur 5, Premier League, August 2009

STATS…

Villas Boas’ men have kept 12 clean sheets since the start of the season.

Tottenham have won the League Cup four times in 1971, 1973, 1999 and 2008.

Spurs have not lost in 90 minutes at home in 18 matches - since losing 3-1 to Birmingham in 2000.

The Tigers have lost six out of seven matches against Premier League opposition in the competition.

Hull have won only once against top-flight opposition in the League Cup – against Wigan Athletic in August 2008.

ODDS…

Spurs to win: 1.33

Hull to win: 10

Draw: 4.75

TV: Highlights on BBC1’s League Cup Show at 11.05pm

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