The early-season pressure on Andre Villas-Boas’ shoulders was lifted slightly on Sunday as his Tottenham side fought back from a half-time deficit to grab a 2-1 victory over QPR.
However, it was only the result that pleased the White Hart Lane faithful as the performance was largely lacklustre, certainly in comparison with the manner of the swashbuckling win over Reading in their previous Premier League outing.
Next up for Villas-Boas is a trip to one of the classic outposts of English football in the shape of Brunton Park, where Spurs meet Carlisle United this evening in the Capital One Cup third round.
Despite not playing with their usual fluidity against the Hoops and regardless of which starting 11 takes to the field, it is difficult to see past a victory for the Londoners and as a result, odds of 11/25 for the away win look fairly generous.
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However, Spurs will need to be wary of facing Carlisle, who overcame higher opposition in the previous round when they knocked out Ipswich Town after extra-time and are priced at 23/4 to be giant-killers again.
Greg Abbott’s side come into this clash on the back of a great away win over a hapless Coventry City, but they have not been in sparkling form themselves in the early stages of the season.
Eight games into their League One campaign and Carlisle have recorded three wins, lost twice and drawn the other three. For punters who fancy this Capital One Cup clash heading to extra-time, then the draw can be backed at 16/5.
Seven goals leaked in four league games at Brunton Park thus far does not suggest a solid backline and with the attacking prowess Tottenham’s front line possesses, it could be a heavy defeat for the home side.
If Tottenham come out firing, an early goal could kill the game off so back Tottenham half-time/Tottenham full-time in the half-time/full-time market at super odds of 21/20.
Recommended bet: Tottenham to win @ 11/25
Outside punt: Tottenham to be winning at half-time and full-time @ 21/20
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