Spurs host League One Gillingham on Wednesday night, hoping to avoid what would be a major scalp for the visiting underdogs.
So what is at stake for both teams, and who is likely to feature in this third round EFL Cup clash at White Hart Lane?
Tottenham sit in third place in the Premier League after 3 wins and 2 draws. Gillingham meanwhile are 13th in League One after picking up 11 points from eight games. However, Spurs will be wary of their opponents, who beat Watford 2-1 at Vicarage Road in the last round.
Spurs youngster Harry Winks is in line for a first start for the club after recently impressing off the bench and in pre-season games against Atletico Madrid and Juventus.
Fellow fringe players Tom Carroll, Kevin Wimmer and Keiran Trippier are also set to start, while summer signing Vincent Janssen will be given a chance to impress up front following Harry Kane’s injury.
For Gillingham, League One Player of the Year, Bradley Dack, will be hoping to continue his good start to the season which included the winner at Watford in Round 2.
Former West Ham and Liverpool full-back Paul Konchesky and ex-Arsenal youngster Jay Emmanuel-Thomas should play for the Gills, but former-Spurs prospect Jamie O’Hara is unlikely to return from injury in time to face his former club.
What’s at Stake?
Gillingham have nothing to lose against their Premier League opponents. They lost their only previous meeting against Tottenham 4-2 in 1983, and any positive result will be a bonus for Justin Edinburgh’s attack-minded side.
Spurs meanwhile will simply want to avoid a giant-killing, and they haven’t lost to opposition below the second tier in eleven years – since a 1-0 defeat at League Two Grimsby in 2005. In fact, they have only lost to lower-league opposition once in 19 games since 2009, when Leeds secured a 2-1 victory in 2013.