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Spurs Odyssey Capital One Cup Preview - Spurs v Hull City, 30.10.13

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FA Cup

Season  Rd  H/A  Result  Scorers
1906-07  1   H    0-0       -
1906-07  1R  A    0-0       -
1906-07  1R2 H    1-0    Chapman
1953-54  5   A    1-1    Bennett
1953-54  5R  H    2-0    Walters, Baily
1980-81  4   H    2-0    Brooke, Archibald
Spurs have never previously met Hull in the League Cup.

Hull seeking swift revenge

Hull City return to The Lane just four days after Sunday's narrow defeat, firmly of the mind that they can gain swift revenge over a Spurs side, who according to Hull manager Steve Bruce, were the beneficiaries of an injustice, when referee Michael Oliver awarded the decisive penalty.

Steve Bruce has still got too many injury problems for his liking, and he also wants to ring the changes to preserve the legs of key players for their vital home game against Sunderland on Saturday.

Spurs have a stronger squad of course, and therefore do not have Steve Bruce's problems. They also have the luxury of an extra day off before their next Premier League match at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Andre Villas-Boas's team is more likely to resemble last Thursday's Europa League team than Sunday's team. Brad Friedel will surely get an outing in goal, along with Kyle Naughton, Erik Lamela, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jermain Defoe. Nacer Chadli is also a likely starter, and we are still looking forward to the return of Younes Kaboul and Etienne Capoue. However, the latest Physio Room information suggests that Kaboul, Capoue and Danny Rose are 5 days from full fitness.

Spurs (four time winners of the League Cup) have never met Hull in this competition. Hull's best performance in this competition is to have reached the fourth round three times in the seventies. Therefore, they have emulated this feat this year, following 1-0 home wins over Norwich and Huddersfield in previous rounds.

Last year Hull were knocked out in the second round, beaten by local rivals Doncaster. The previous year they were beaten at home by Macclesfield, who ended the 2011-12 season bottom of League Two, and are still in The Conference. Hull's League Cup history does not appear to be littered with tales of glory, but then they have had other priorities.

Spurs have only ever met Hull in three seasons in the two clubs' history, and never when both clubs have been in the top flight. The 2008-09 season was Hull's first experience of top flight football.

However, when we first met, Hull were at a higher level than us, as in 1906-07, they were a Division Two side, when we were still in the Southern League. We did, of course have that historic FA Cup win under our belts though! In that first tie, Spurs emerged as the victors after a second replay, and then only by a solitary goal, scored by a certain Herbert Chapman, who in later years was to become a legendary manager at (ahem) another place.

We couldn't beat Hull at the first time of asking when we next met in Cup competition in the fifth round in 1954. Les Bennett scored our goal in the 1-1 away draw, and at home we emerged 2-0 victors with goals by Sonny Walters and Eddie Baily.

In 1981, which became the year of Ricky Villa's Wembley classic goal, Gary Brooke and Steve Archibald scored our goals. Hull were in Division Three that season, and their team included one Steve McLaren, now the new manager at Derby.

Although this will be only the 26th meeting of the two clubs in all competitions, Spurs can say they have played against Hull at three different stadia in Hull. They are not the only grounds that Hull have occupied either! The 1907 Cup tie was played at Anlaby Road, where Hull played between 1905 and 1944. Then in 1954, we played them at Boothferry Park, which you might pass on your way to the KC Stadium, when we play our away match in February.

With Arsenal playing Chelsea tonight, and arguably the two Manchester sides being the other main threats remaining in the competition, there is every incentive for Spurs to make an assertive statement tomorrow night, not only of their intent to claim some silverware this season, but also to put on a show for the fans. Hopefully any disgruntled season ticket holders will make the effort to see this game in the flesh.

Maybe my 3-0 prediction for Sunday can be carried over for this match. Any win will do for me though!

The referee for this game will be Jon Moss, who was also in charge for our 4-0 win at Villa Park. I would suggest that this time, no-one should be caught with pants down!

15 years ago this week Spurs visited Northampton's Sixfields Stadium for the first time and won 3-1 in Round Three of the Worthington Cup.

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