Tottenham Hotspur are still searching for their first domestic win of the season at Wembley after enduring a frustrating 90 minutes against stuffy Swansea City on Saturday evening.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men had failed to win either of their first two matches of the season at their temporary home but, after a thrilling 3-1 win against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League at the venue on Wednesday night, expectation was high that the north Londoners would continue their fine form by seeing off Paul Clement’s Swans.
Spurs, though, could find no way through and, instead, the match ended in a goalless draw - a bitter disappointment for Pochettino's team; with that in mind, Tottenham will be determined to make an immediate return to winning ways when they welcome Barnsley to Wembley in the third round of the League Cup on Tuesday night.
Pochettino’s men are as short as 1/12 (1.08) with Genting to take their place in the fourth round of the competition at the expense of their Championship opponents; Spurs are unbeaten in their last four fixtures and have a superb record against lower league teams in this competition, having won 17 of their last 18 home League Cup ties against teams from outside of the top tier.
Barnsley will be determined to buck that trend by claiming a famous win at Wembley, but the 22/1 (23.0) quote for an away win seems fair, for the Tykes were thumped 3-0 at Oakwell by Aston Villa on Saturday evening, while Paul Heckingbottom’s side have been beaten in 13 of their last 15 League Cup matches against Premier League opposition; Genting go 12/1 (13.0) that this tie remains deadlocked at the end of 90 minutes.
With Spurs expected to challenge for silverware on four fronts this term, Pochettino may well opt to shuffle his pack for the tie against the Tykes, with star striker Harry Kane amongst the big names who could be afforded an evening off; Tottenham, though, have significant strength in depth and recent recruit Fernando Llorente will be in contention to make his first start for Spurs in this match.
Barnsley will try to match the stoic showing of Swansea City but the Championship club look likely to come up short and, indeed, Heckingbottom’s men may well struggle to make much of an impact in the final third, for Spurs have conceded just one goal in their last three games.
As such, it is the Genting’s 7/10 (1.70) quote for the Premier League side to win without conceding that may well offer best value for punters ahead of Tuesday’s tussle at Wembley; the selection would have paid dividends in all but one of Spurs’ last eight victories inside 90 minutes in this competition.
|Spurs to win to nil at 7/10 (1.70) for a 3pt stake with Genting|