Tottenham’s Wembley woes in the Premier League continued on Saturday evening as they failed to beat a resolute Swansea side, instead coming away with a goalless draw to their names, to make it three home league games without a win.
However, they did manage to get a win there last week when they hosted Borussia Dortmund, taking three points in a 3-1 win to kick-start their Champions League campaign. That campaign continues next week too, which means we are likely to see a fair amount of squad rotation from Mauricio Pochettino.
This is likely to result in Fernando Llorente’s first start in a Spurs shirt, whilst Moussa Dembele, Harry Winks, and Michel Vorm could also be drafted in to let the star players rest. Barnsley will certainly be hoping to take advantage of that, and judging by their squad selection in the last round against Derby, the visitors are taking this competition very seriously.
Barnsley did suffer a setback in the Championship at the weekend as they lost 3-0 at home to Aston Villa, with their record now at four wins, one draw, and four defeats from their nine competitive games this season. Two of these have come in the League Cup with wins against Morecambe and Derby, which ended 4-3 and 3-2 respectively.
This attacking brand of football could lead to a very entertaining match on Tuesday. The visitors have scored 15 goals this season but have managed just a single clean sheet, and their record in the League Cup makes for a high scoring prediction too. In their last seven League Cup games they have scored 13 times and conceded 20, with both teams finding the net in all but one of these games.
Considering we’re likely to see quite a lot of rotation from Spurs, and the fact they have only kept one clean sheet in their last five League Cup games, we’re expecting Barnsley to find the net here. Odds of 6/5 for both teams to get on the scoresheet look very overpriced, so we’re going for that along with a 3-1 win for Spurs at 11/1.