The Capital One Cup continues today with a fourth round matchup between Tottenham Hotspur and the Hull City Tigers. The two teams played out a
drab exciting contentious match at the weekend, that saw Tottenham crowned the victors. Steve Bruce and his Hull team will be looking to reverse that result tonight and move on to the next stage of the competition.
For Spurs, this match represents an opportunity to do some more squad rotation and help get more of the summer signings to gel with the squad. As such, manager Andre Villas-Boas has chosen this squad for tonight's match:
Our team to face Hull City: Friedel; Walker, Kaboul, Vertonghten, Naughton; Paulinho, Lamela, Dembele; Sigurdsson, Eriksen; Defoe #THFC— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 30, 2013
Our subs tonight: Chiriches, Holtby, Capoue, Chadli, Lloris, Kane, Bentaleb #THFC— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 30, 2013
I'm going to repeat what Kevin said in the news room when these lineups were announced, "Spurs Twitter is full of shit. No way that team is 4-3-3 with Erik Lamela in midfield and Christian Eriksen wide." I'm inclined to agree, but stranger things have happened. Good to see Etienne Capoue and Younes Kaboul back from injury in the team, though Danny Rose's continued absence is worrying. Also, Nabil Bentaleb's presence on the bench is kinda cool.
After playing with five at the back on the weekend, Hull City will be playing a bit differently this time around, opting to be a bit more adventurous in a knock out competition. Steve Bruce's XI is as follows:
#hcafc team: Jakupovic, Rosenior, Bruce, Davies, Meyler, Graham, Koren, McShane, Boyd, Elmohamady, Quinn.— Hull City Official (@hullcityteam) October 30, 2013
I'm honestly not sure who some of these guys are and I can't say how they're going to line up, but this looks much more like it could be a 4-4-1-1 with Koren playing in the hole behind Danny Graham. I really hate when teams make me guess who's playing where.
The match kicks off at 7:45 local time (3:45 ET) and can't be seen live (as far as I can tell) on any channels in the US, UK, or Canada. It will be on Setanta Sports Plus in Australia though and if you happen to live in the Caribbean, you can catch it on ESPN 2 Caribbean. Please no links to illegal streams in the comments. Keep those sorts of things to Twitter and e-mail.