Harry Redknapp traditionally enjoys the cup competitions, having steered Portsmouth to FA Cup glory in 2008 and then taking Tottenham Hotspur to the Carling Cup final a season later.
However, he will have been dismayed when the draw for the latest round was made, with his team handed a tricky trip to the Britannia Stadium where they will face former Spurs players such as Jonathan Woodgate, Wilson Palacios and Peter Crouch.
Nevertheless, Tottenham produced their best performance of the season to thrash Liverpool 4-0 and they will be carrying some momentum for that game, even if Redknapp rotates the squad. William Hill (£25 free bets) offer a tempting 9/5 about the visitors landing the spoils against a Stoke side that lost 4-0 on Sunday.
City simply couldn’t handle a Sunderland onslaught in the early stages of their match and Tony Pulis will be looking ahead to Saturday’s match against Manchester United when making his selections for this game.
Even so, the Potters have a nice big squad of quality players these days and can be backed at 6/4 (Paddy Power – £100 free betting) to claim victory as they look to emulate last season’s FA Cup final appearance and potentially go one better in the Carling Cup.
Crouch is looking for his first goal since arriving from White Hart Lane and can be backed at 6/1 to break the deadlock, with Kenwyne Jones in line for a start. Redknapp may choose to rest Defoe and Adebayor, with Roman Pavlyuchenko on offer at 7/1.