Fresh off their 4-0 thumping of Aston Villa at Villa Park, Spurs have received a favorable match-up against Hull City Tigers in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup, the draw for which was held immediately following the conclusion of this afternoon's match between Manchester United and Liverpool.
A home match to Hull means, of course, that it's quite possible that Spurs will face former player Tom Huddlestone, and because there must be a #narrative, expect him to score a screamer from 30 yards out and ritually cut his hair at the center circle after the match. Jake Livermore will NOT feature in that match since he's on loan at Hull from Spurs and can't play against his home team -- this is too bad for Hull, as he's played very well for them so far this year.
But seriously, this is a very kind draw for Spurs. To paraphrase fellow Cartilage Free writer MCofA, Hull may or may not be terrible, but they'll likely be in the relegation conversation at the end of the Premier League season. However, Hull may decide that this is the year to try and make a deep cup run and consequently could field a strong team. I'd expect Spurs to put out a rotated side much like what we saw against Aston Villa.
See below for the other matches. Note in particular that all the Championship sides drew home games against favorable opponents, and that the winner of the West Brom - Arsenal game are rewarded with a date vs. Chelsea.
- Sunderland v. Southampton
- Leicester City v. Fulham
- Birmingham v. Stoke City
- Manchester United v. Norwich City
- Burnley v. West Ham United
- West Brom or Arsenal v. Chelsea
- Newcastle v. Manchester City