Andre Villas-Boas courted controversy by criticising Tottenham fans after his side’s narrow defeat of Hull in the Premier League, but Spurs’ form in midweek matches this season suggests the White Hart Lane faithful will be singing when the sides meet again in the Capital One Cup fourth round, which the Lilywhites’ are taken to win by more than one goal at 19/20.
Villas-Boas’ charges are 7/20 to wrap up proceedings within the 90 minutes, with Hull 33/4 for the win and the draw 7/2.
Spurs have won all six of their Capital One Cup and Europa League games this season.
The north Londoners’ defence is yet to be breached outside of the Premier League this term and Spurs’ attack has been pretty sharp too, with 19 goals plundered in their sextet of cup ties so far in 2013/14.
Arguably their most impressive performance of the campaign came in the last round of this competition when man-of-the-match Lewis Holtby laid-on a hat-trick of assists in his side’s 4-0 thumping of Aston Villa in Birmingham.
Hull have been unimpressive so far in the Capital One Cup, squeaking through with 1-0 wins against lower-league opposition.
Steve Bruce’s Tigers have surprised many with some assured performances since returning to the Premier League, but they have been pretty average in their Capital One Cup clashes so far this season.
League One-leaders Leyton Orient were three minutes from forcing a penalty shoot-out in a second-round clash they dominated before Robbie Brady’s late, late extra-time winner and Hull were similarly underwhelming in the last round against a Huddersfield side they beat home and away in 2012/13.
With both teams set to name vastly changed starting line-ups for the match, Tottenham’s greater squad strength will be the telling factor.
Villas-Boas’ criticism of Spurs having to play their third game in six days against Villa in the third round was made a mockery of by his side’s performance, with the Portuguese still able to field three players that cost a combined £50m over the summer plus Holtby, midfielder Sandro and striker Jermain Defoe against Paul Lambert’s men.
The Tigers’ cupboard is somewhat scanter and their gaffer is likely to give rare starts to son Alex Bruce at centre-back, veteran former Newcastle reserve keeper Steve Harper and striker Matty Fryatt, who is yet to make a Premier League appearance during his ten-year career.