Best Odds - Stoke v Tottenham - Carling Cup

Last updated : 20 September 2011 By Dan Buxton

Stoke make their bow in this seasons Carling Cup when they go head to head with Spurs at the Britannia Stadium in this third round tie. With both sides viewing this competition as near the bottom of their priorities it will be intriguing to see which teams are put out for this tie.

After 90 minutes the hosts are favourites at 13/8 with Boylesports, the draw is 5/2 with Coral, whilst an away win is available at 7/4 with VictorChandler.

Stoke will hope to repeat the performance against Liverpool last time out at home, when City triumphed 1-0. A repeat of that scoreline is available at 8's with StanJames. Quite a few of the Potters wins last season were by more than one goal. A 3-1 win, to comfortably see City to victory, is available at 25's with Boylesports.

Tottenham will be hoping to keep their own recent good run going and know to do that they need a win against City, and 2-0 would do the visitors just nicely. That score is available at 14/1 with WilliamHill. Seven of the Potters games last season ended 2-1, including Spurs beating Stoke 2-1 at the Brit in the league, so 10/1 with BetFred and totesport for a 2-1 Spurs win could turn out to be a good bet.

Peter Crouch will be hoping to get a runout against his former club and is 6's with Ladbrokes and PaddyPower to open the scoring whilst Kenwyne Jones has three in his last four starts for the Potters. The Trinidadian is 13/2 with BetFred, totesport and bet365 to score first after starting on the bench. Winger Jermaine Pennant started scoring towards the end of last season but has failed to net this campaign. The former Liverpool winger can be backed at 16's, with Coral, Paddypower and SkyBet, to break the deadlock.

Roman Pavlyuchenko looks set for a recall and is 7/1 with Ladbrokes and SkyBet to open the scoring. Another player seemingly set to be brought back into the side is William Gallas and the powerful centre half is 33's with BlueSq and Coral to open the scoring.