Tottenham Hotspur get their EFL Cup journey underway this season as Gillingham make the trip to White Hart Lane on Wednesday night. Spurs won their last league game against Sunderland at home where Harry Kane scored in a 1-0 win to the Lilywhites which moved them up to third in the Premier League table. Meanwhile Gillingham sit thirteenth in League One coming off the back of a late 2-1 loss at Port Vale and a run of four games without a win.
Tale of The Tape:
Spurs got knocked out in the third round of the EFL Cup, then known as the Capital One Cup, last season at the hands of north London rivals Arsenal. Getting knocked out that early in the cup is unacceptable & tomorrow night gives Spurs the chance to get a potentially memorable cup run underway. Tottenham did however reach the final of the Capital One Cup two seasons ago which ended in a 2-0 loss against Chelsea.
Gillingham will be looking to cause an upset on Wednesday night and illustrate the old footballing saying; ‘the magic of the cup.’ In order to prevent any potential upsets, Spurs will have to be wary of this from the first minute and not take anything for granted against their League One opponents.
Tottenham Hotspur and Gillingham have only met in a competitive game once in the past which dates all the way back to 1982. The likes of Gary Mabbutt, Steve Perryman, Micky Hazard and Glenn Hoddle all featured in a game that ended 4-2 in favour of the Lilywhites.
Tottenham will be without their main striker, Harry Kane, who picked up an ankle injury in the win over Sunderland. Mauricio Pochettino earlier confirmed that Kane injured his ankle ligaments which is more than likely to keep him out for several weeks. Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele also picked up minor knocks and will be assessed tomorrow to see whether or not they could be part of the eighteen man squad.
Gillingham have no injury news ahead of the game.
Predicted Tottenham Hotspur XI:
Vorm, Trippier, Carter-Vickers, Wimmer, Davies, Winks, Wanyma, Onomah, Sissoko, Lamela, Janssen
Predicted Gillingham XI:
Bond, Pask, Ehmer, Oshilaja, Konchesky, Osaoabe, Wright, Byrne, Dack, Wagstaff, McDonald
Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Gillingham