A miserable week for Tottenham and Wigan to say the least as they both crashed out of the League cup, in fixtures which they should have won on paper. However, as it’s constant reminder, football is far from predictable and Villas-Boas might have a surprise or two when he faces a very strong attacking Wigan side.
Wigan have won only once in their last six meetings with Tottenham, but have grown stronger under the management of Roberto Martinez. The Latics’ will be without Alcaraz or Crusat but having fielded the same team in the past 3 games Premier League games which has resulted in a win for the side, it shouldn’t be a problem for Martinez.
However, Spurs will be without Parker and Dembele yet again, whilst the return of Assou-Ekotto is thought to be only 2-3 weeks away. But, Emmanuel Adebayor is set to return according to Villas-Boas which has given AVB alternatives upfront.
Tottenham have had a shaky start at White Hart Lane this season, struggling to pick up 3 points against West Brom and Norwich.
However, they look to be regaining their attacking play with Bale, Lennon and Dempsey all helping Defoe increase his goal tally as the top Tottenham score this season.
Lloris could be set to start ahead of Friedel following his recent appearance on Wednesday. Caulker, Vertonghen, Dempsey, Bale, and Walker look to keep their starting places, with Sandro, Huddlestone, Gallas, Defoe and Lennon slotting back into the squad.
But, it would be no surprise to see Yago Falque be slotted into the team, either ahead of Dempsey just behind Defoe but at least deserves a place on the subs bench.
Could Wigan steal a win from Spurs?
With Bale, Lennon and Sandro all strengthening the side in midfield, it will be no surprise to see Tottenham dominate the game in midfield and possession. With Defoe being in form as well as Wigan’s Kone, both defences could be set to have a busy day.