Tottenham will host an injury depleted Everton side in the fourth round of the Carling Cup on Tuesday. The fourth round tie between the two comes at a poor time for both sides, with Everton even having a change of date request denied by the League Cup's organisers. Both team's come into Tuesday's match after demoralising defeats at the weekend in the Barclay's Premier League. Tottenham's defeat saw them slip from third to fourth place while Everton fell out of the top half of the table. Despite having played each other since 1904, this will be the first time these two sides have ever met in the League Cup. Kickoff is set for 20:00 at White Hart Lane in London, UK.
Tottenham suffered just its third defeat of the season this weekend when they lost at home to Stoke City. Glenn Whalen scored the game’s only goal in the 86th minute to deliver a shock victory for Stoke City at White Hart Lane, sending the Spurs down one spot in the league table thanks to Arsenal's draw with West Ham United. Everton also suffered a setback this past weekend, losing 3-2 at the Reebok Stadium against Bolton. Everton's undermanned squad fell behind 2-0 early to Bolton but fought back admirably. Louis Saha pulled one back in the 31st minute and Marouane Fellaini pulled the Toffees level in the 55th minute. It was not meant to be though as Bolton substitute Ivan Klasnic scored in the 85th minute to give Bolton its first home victory of the season.
Injured Everton captain Phil Neville is very upset with the timing of the Toffees' fourth round cup tie with Tottenham. Everton has an entire squad of injured players, and Tuesday's fixture will be their third match in six days. Everton was run ragged by Benfica last Thursday in a 5-0 loss on match day three of the UEFA Europa League. Everton followed that up with the 3-2 loss to Bolton on Sunday. Tottenham's squad is banged up as well though and several Spurs' players will miss Tuesday's meeting with Everton. Aaron Lennon will be out with an ankle injury, Ledley King will be out with an illness, and Jonathan Woodgate will be out with a concussion. Jermain Defoe remains out through suspension and Niko Krancjar is unavailable because he is cup-tied having appeared earlier in the League Cup with Portsmouth.
Tuesday's match will be difficult for both sides with demoralising defeats fresh in their memory and injuries depleting their squads. The fixture remains important nevertheless for both sides. Tottenham won the Carling Cup during the 2007/08 campaign and are last season's beaten finalists. Everton meanwhile has advanced to the final eight only once in 21 tries, losing to Chelsea over two legs in the 2007/08 semi finals.
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