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Spurs playmaker Lewis Holtby is challenged by Hull midfielder Tom Huddlestone in their English Premier League game, October 27Reuters

There will be a sense of déjà vu in the air as Tottenham host Hull City in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup just three days after facing off in the English Premier League.

That game on Sunday ended 1-0 in Spurs' favour under controversial circumstances after the home side were given a highly debatable penalty with just ten minutes remaining.

Hull would have felt robbed of a point from that game, and will feel they have a point or two to prove against Tottenham on Wednesday.

"I thought the lads who came in at Spurs did very well but it is a squad game and I know all of the lads will be champing at the bit to get a game on Wednesday," said Alex Bruce, the son of Hull manager Steve. "There is a real spirit among the squad. It is a great set of lads.

"I find it a joy to go into work with all the banter and smiles on people's faces. I am sure that will stand us in good stead. We went to Tottenham and, as the manager calls it, we got beat with our boots on. It is a phrase he says quite a lot.

"He means there is a right way to lose. Of course, no-one wants to get beat but there were positives to take out of what happened (on Sunday). We can't dwell on the result. There are a lot of established Premier League teams who won't play as well as we did at White Hart Lane and that has to give us encouragement."

Tottenham eased past Aston Villa in the previous round, but assistant manager Steffen Freund expects a stiffer test against Hull, similar to the one they endured in the Premier League on Sunday.

"It will be a difficult game again, Freund said. "We have four chances to win some silverware, and if we beat Hull we are in the last eight and we have a big, big chance to go all the way.

"To get to the last eight would bring a really, really good possibility for the club and the players to play at Wembley. "It is a great experience for every player to go to Wembley. My view is you cannot have enough games there! Tottenham Hotspur is a club that can go all the way in cup games."

Team News: Andre Villas-Boas is likely to use the depth in his squad, meaning the likes of Jermain Defoe and Erik Lamela are likely to be give a chance. Etienne Capoue is not expected to feature despite returning to training from an ankle injury, while Danny Rose is also sidelined.

With Hull set for a crunch game against Sunderland at the weekend, Bruce is also expected to rotate his squad, although the manager will be desperate for some revenge.

Key men: Tottenham: Defoe has been in great form for Spurs in the cup competitions, and the England striker will be expected to find the back of the net.

Hull: Robert Koren is expected to feature and Hull will look to the midfielder's experience to help pull them through on Wednesday.

Where to watch

The game is scheduled for a 1.15 am IST start on Thursday morning with live coverage on Ten Sports. 

Expected lineups: Tottenham: Friedel; Walker, Dawson, Chiriches, Naughton; Sandro, Dembele; Lamela, Eriksen, Chadli; Defoe.

Hull: Harper; Rosenior, Figueroa, Davies, McShane, Bruce; Huddlestone, Koren, Brady; McLean, Sagbo.

Prediction: 2-0 to Spurs