Carling Cup: Doncaster v Tottenham preview
2009-08-26 - Added by
The Keepmoat Stadium is the venue for ExtraFootie's 'Game of the Day' in the Carling Cup on Wednesday evening as Doncaster Rovers host Premier League table-toppers Tottenham Hotspur, in what promises to be an interesting contest.
Spurs will be looking to continue their good form in this competition which has seen them reach the final in the last two seasons - in 2008 they lifted the trophy after a Jonathan Woodgate header in extra-time earned them a 2-1 win against rivals Chelsea at Wembley.
Doncaster have made a mixed start to the new Championship season, picking up three points from four games, and currently sit 17th in the table.
The match on Wednesday evening will be the eighth time the two clubs have played each other, with Doncaster winning once, Spurs recording five victories, with the draw occuring twice.
The last time they met was also in the league cup, in 1975, when Spurs ran out 7-2 victors!
Doncaster have struggled to score goals at home this season, and are yet to win a game in the league.
But this could all change on Wednesday night. After all, stranger things have happened in football.
Midfielders Brian Stock (ankle) and James Coppinger (knee) are doubtful, while Martin Woods has received the all clear and could start in midfield following his return from a calf injury.
Harry Redknapp has an array of talent to choose from tonight but will look to use the depth of his squad and give a number of fringe players a game.
Peter Crouch and wantaway striker Roman Pavlyuchenko should start up front, while the likes of Jamie O'Hara, David Bentley and summer signing Kyle Naughton could all be handed their first starts of the campaign.
But Gareth Bale (knee), Jermaine Jenas (calf), Michael Dawson (achilles) and Jonathan Woodgate (groin) will miss the trip up North.
Probable starting XI (*Star Man):
Doncaster (4-4-2): Sullivan, Roberts, Chambers, Lockwood, Shackell, Woods, Wilson, Oster, Fortune, Hayter*, Shiels
Tottenham (4-4-2): Cudicini, Hutton, Corluka, Dervite, Naughton, Bentley, O'Hara, Boateng, Dos Santos, Crouch*, Pavlyuchenko
ExtraFootie prediction: Could go either way really. Doncaster like to play football which should suit Spurs, but most of their players will not have played a competitive match yet this campaign. But Premier League class should shine through - Spurs to win 2-1 and carry on their good start to the season.
Fancy a flutter? William Hill are offering 6/1 for Rovers to pull off a surprise, the draw is 16/5, while Spurs are 4/9 to win away for the third time this season.