Without a victory since the back end of August, the pressure will be on Mauricio Pochettino to get his Tottenham side back to winning ways.
A visit of Nottingham Forest in the Capital One Cup, while not a straightforward task, could prove just the tonic.
After Everton, Sunderland and arch rivals Arsenal took the total of Premier League clubs already knocked out of the competition to nine, the Spurs faithful could be forgiven for dreaming of this as a piece of silverware just waiting to be snatched.
Championship table toppers Forest will certainly prove a stern test to that logic, but one would have to fancy a strong Lilywhites side to progress, though not without conceding.
That’s why it could pay to take advantage of Ladbrokes’ enhanced price on the home side to triumph in 90 minutes with both teams finding the net, now available at 5/2 (from 2/1).
League Cup ties at White Hart Lane have a history of giving both sets of fans something to cheer about, with seven of the last 10 matches in the competition held there failing to provide a single clean sheet.
Hugo Lloris has been a busy man in recent matches, picking the ball out his own net six times in the last four games, and with the second tier’s top scorer Britt Assombalonga in town, that total could rise.
But with Spurs coming out on top in three of their last four meetings with Stuart Pearce’s side, the formbooks are with them.
And as Pochettino looks to launch his side at a potential Wembley visit, we can expect a strong line up in North London.
One man that could favour starting berth is Roberto Soldado.
Last season’s perceived failed signing has showed glimpses of what he can do this campaign, registering a goal in a trip to Limmasol in the Europa League in August.
His pedigree in domestic cup competitions means he could reward those who take Ladbrokes enhanced price of 5/1 for him to open the scoring.
He racked up six goals in seven Copa Del Rey starts for Valencia, and four in six for Getafe in 2009/10.
Expect the Spaniard to have a big say in things if Tottenham are to go any further.
All odds and markets correct as of the date of publishing
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