With just four points through three league matches and an unconvincing start to the Europa League qualifying rounds, Tottenham Hotspur entered the League Cup Fourth Round with plenty of question marks. Though Chelsea led for most of the match, a late Erik Lamela equalizer and a Mason Mount miss on the fifth round of penalties put Spurs into the competition’s quarterfinals.
If it is hard to remember that Tottenham is still challenging in the League Cup it would be completely understandable. That win over Chelsea was back in September, and with Leyton Orient having to forfeit the Third Round tie due to Covid-19 issues, there has not been much to remember about the cup thus far.
Nevertheless, Spurs should be excited about the potential path forward. Wednesday’s opponent Stoke City sits eighth in the Championship and are one of two non-Premier League sides remaining. Though the match requires traveling and falls during the festive period, this is a great draw and represents the best chance for a trophy at this time.
Tottenham is obviously reeling after back-to-back defeats, but a win against the Potters could help put things back on track. The match should not require the strongest starting XI, and getting to the semifinals would help regain some momentum as the crowded fixture list continues.
⚪️ Lloris (C), Doherty, Sanchez, Dier, Davies, Højbjerg, Winks, Dele, Lucas, Bale, Kane. @WilliamHill latest (18+): https://t.co/R09MFCcQSn#THFC ⚪️ #COYS pic.twitter.com/4CWAaHadFp— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 23, 2020
— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) December 23, 2020
◾️ Six changes from Saturday.
◾️ Lonergan, Batth, McClean, Smith, Thompson come in.
◾️ Oakley-Boothe starts against his former club.#SCFC ⚪️ pic.twitter.com/896h2F9xti
How to Watch
Date: Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Time: 12:30p.m. ET, 5:30 p.m. BT
Location: bet365 Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, England
TV: none (USA), Sky Sports Main Event (UK)
Streaming: ESPN Plus (USA), Sky GO Extra (UK)
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