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It's an all Premier League tie at Villa Park as an in-form Spurs side visit the Midlands with our tipster backing them to struggle in yet another cup competition

Tottenham Hotspur travel north this evening to face Aston Villa in the Capital One Cup, with both sides having different fortunes in this competition last season.

Where as Spurs were knocked out after only winning one match in the competition last season, losing to Norwich away after beating Carlisle, Aston Villa progressed all the way to the semi final before being beaten over two legs by the sensational Bradford City.

Villa had to overcome the likes of Manchester City and Norwich City last term and kicked off this years competition in style, beating Rotherham 3-0 at home, with Paul Lambert naming a strong side at Villa Park.

After three league losses in a row, Villa got back to winning ways at the weekend, beating Norwich at Carrow Road.

This was their first win in the league since their 3-1 win away at Arsenal on the opening day.

Despite Christian Benteke and several other first team players being absent through injury, expect a relatively strong line up for the home side, with Paul Lambert taking this competition seriously once again. Paddy Power price them at 23/10 (3.30) to win the match.

This is Tottenham Hotspur's first showing in this competition after receiving a bye in the last round due to their European commitments. Andre Villas-Boas' side have already played eight competitive matches so far this season, having been involved in the Europa League.

With Spurs having made a fantastic start to the Europa League and Premier League campaigns, expect the manager to concentrate on these competitions and name a weakened side for tonight's game.

Paddy Power price the away side as favourites though at 6/5 (2.20). The same firm prices the draw at 23/10 (3.30).  

With a packed season already expected for Tottenham, it's likely the Capital One Cup will not take priority for Villas-Boas, and with Spurs hosting Chelsea at home in the league on Saturday lunch time, expect the manager to ring the changes for this clash.

With that in mind, as well as Villa's love for this competition, the bet of 6/4 (2.50) of Villa "Draw No Bet", which will see your stakes returned in the event of the match ending all square, seems like a solid bet.

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