Spurs to give Arsenal kids a lesson
The Arsenal Carling Cup kids return to the scene of their biggest defeat on Tuesday night when they face Spurs at White Hart Lane.
In a semi-final second leg tie back in 2008 Arsene Wenger stuck with his young guns and they came unstuck in spectacular fashion with a more experienced Spurs side running out 5-1 winners much to the delight of the home fans.
Nicklas Bendtner scored an own goal that night and later nearly came to blows with team mate William Gallas following an unsightly on-field row. They could well be on opposing sides on Tuesday following Gallas' controversial summer move to Spurs. He is 25/1 to score first against his former club.
This time around it's a difficult game to predict as both managers are likely to use their squad players with the Premier League and Champions League taking precedence this season.
Tottenham to win in ninety minutes is 13/10 and it's 4/6 for the home side to qualify for the next round. The tie will be decided on the night so if it's a draw after 90 minutes 12/5 extra time and penalties will be played although both managers will be hoping to avoid that.
The Arsenal youngsters are a match for any team and have some memorable victories in recent times including a defeat of a strong Liverpool team in last year's fourth round. However their recent away form in this competition gives cause for concern for anyone looking to back them, having lost their last three matches, conceding a total of 10 goals. The Gunners are 2/1 to win in 90 minutes and 11/10 to qualify.
Meanwhile Spurs are unbeaten in their last 17 matches at home in the League Cup and whilst this game is not their priority they will want to put a show on for the White Hart Lane faithful against their bitter rivals.
Another interesting stat when deciding where to place your bet is that home advantage has been key in meetings between these two sides in recent times - none of the last seven games between them has seen an away victory.
The Spurs team should have more experience of big games than their youthful Arsenal counterparts with the likes of Alan Hutton and Wilson Palacios likely to feature.
For Arsenal there is some talk that Marouane Chamakh could be be forced into action as Wenger's choices have been restricted by the absence through injury of Robin van Persie, Nicklas Bendtner and Theo Walcott.
The Morrocan striker has been in good form since his summer move from Bordeaux. He is 6/1 to score first.
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Overall I think home advantage will make the difference and I expect Tottenham (13/10) to run out winners. In the correct score market I would go for 3-1 to the home side at 16/1 and Tottenham/Tottenham in the double result market looks good value at 11/4.
The game kicks off at 19:45 and is live on Sky Sports 2