Tottenham 1.45, the Draw 4.25, West Ham 7.50
Tottenham go into their midweek clash with West Ham looking to prove a point after their disastrous defeat by Liverpool on Sunday.
The 5-0 hammering cost Andre Villas-Boas his job and Tottenham will be eager to boost morale and lift their disillusioned fans when Tim Sherwood takes temporary charge for tonight.
This match is an opportunity for Sherwood to demonstrate his suitability for the role on a permanent basis. The former Spurs player-cum-coach is well thought of by the Tottenham hierarchy and our current favourite to land the job.
But Tottenham face a team that beat them 3-0 at White Hart Lane earlier this season, in one of the results that started to see the wheels come off AVB’s tenure.
One of the few positives for Spurs in recent weeks has been the form of German playmaker Lewis Holtby. His firecracker at Fulham, his first Spurs goal, has been the catalyst for some impressive personal displays and at odds of 4.10 to notch at any time, he is one you should keep an eye on in the goalscorer markets.
West Ham have been taking the Capital One Cup pretty seriously this season and, in a season that could see them fighting for their lives in the Premier League, this represents a welcome distrtaction for Big Sam's troops and a fine opportunity for a Wembley appearance and some silverware.
But can they get the better of a Spurs side that have already demonstrated their bouncebackability more than once this season?
- West Ham ended a run of 12 league games without a win at White Hart Lane - one that stretched back to 1999 - when they won there in October.
- Tottenham’s only defeat in their last 19 home League Cup games came against Arsenal in the 2010-11 season.
- West Ham’s victory over Tottenham - and the win over Burnley in the last round of this competition - are their only victories away from home this season.
Tottenham will be without suspended duo Paulinho, who saw red for a reckless lunge on Luis Suarez on Sunday, and captain Michael Dawson. Sandro is injured, but Sherwood can call upon Vlad Chiriches, Christian Eriksen, Younes Kaboul and Danny Rose again.
West Ham are also without their captain, as Kevin Nolan sees out the second of a three-match suspension. The Hammers are still without Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing, Winston Reid and Ricardo Vaz Te.
Score prediction: Tottenham 3-1 West Ham at 7.50
Best bet: Lewis Holtby to score anytime at 4.10