Leyton Orient v Spurs: EFL Cup Journey Begins
The absence of Champions League football this season means that Spurs’ early fixture list is starting to pile up and, on Tuesday night, we make the short trip to Brisbane Road to face Leyton Orient. This EFL Cup tie needs to be decided on the day and, as we found out last season, we could be sacrificing the competition as others take priority.
It’s been a momentous weekend for the club following the signings of Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon from Real Madrid on Saturday. A day later, a comeback win over Southampton saw four goals from Son Heung-Min claim the 5-2 victory. Can we now keep that momentum going as we enter a busy week with three games in five days?
It’s likely that some of our fringe players will come in for this game and we could see first starts of the season for the likes of Joe Hart, Ryan Sessegnon, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Tanguy Ndombele.
We also have a further Europa League tie to negotiate with Thursday night’s clash against Shkendija Tetovo standing in the way of the group stages. Bale and Japhet Tanganga are the only injury concerns so, while Jose has a virtually full squad to choose from, it’s almost impossible to predict the starting XI with any great certainty.
Needless to say, Spurs are clear favourites to win in 90 minutes and there are odds on prices available with all bookies. The best industry odds on the away win currently stand at 4/9 with Unibet and 888Sport while a victory for Leyton Orient is available at 67/10 with VBet.
Sandwiched between the two is the draw in normal time and that comes in at 18/5 with SportNation and RedZone.
If the game does move into extra time, the options in the To Qualify market are Spurs at 4/17 with VBet while the same bookmaker is quoting 11/4 for Orient to progress.
Our opening EFL Cup game of last season against Colchester United ended 0-0 after which we lost on penalties. Mauricio Pochettino was in charge of that side and he chose to give starts to Troy Parrott and Japhet Tanganga but, in the end, the competition was effectively sacrificed in preference for higher priorities. That’s a possible scenario once again but, following a mixed start to the season, Jose Mourinho will surely be looking to avoid an embarrassing defeat at Brisbane Road.
It’s not a game that many will punt on until they see the line ups but, if we look away from the match result, we should be able to find some clearer options in the side market.
It’s also difficult to take on the first goalscorer betting with any great confidence due to the fact that we cannot second guess Jose’s starting XI for this one. Harry Kane predictably starts as the favourite to open the scoring and you can pick up our regular first choice striker at best odds of 3/1 with VBet.
The odds setters have been very slow to pick up on Sunday’s win over Southampton so we only have a small set of bookmakers involved in this first goalscorer market. It’s therefore back to VBet again for top prices on Son Heung-Min at 5/1, Lucas Moura, Steven Bergwijn and Dele Alli at 11/2 and Erik Lamela at 13/2. Giovani Lo Celso may also attract some interest at 17/2 – also with VBet.
Anyone looking to seek out an Orient player could consider Danny Johnson at his best odds of 11/1 with Betway. Johnson has four goals in his first eight games for the O’s since arriving from Dundee in the close season.
Continuing with our regular set of side markets, Both Teams to Score is available for Tuesday night’s encounter at best odds of 5/6 with GentingBet. Orient have been free scoring this season and have found the net 11 times in their last five matches. While they’re up against Premier League opposition, a potentially weaker defence should give the home side enough chances to register.
5/6 is a reasonable price for BTTS and the potential for value continues in the Total Goals betting. Over 2.5 goals is quoted at best odds of 4/6 with GentingBet but we feel we can push to Over 3.5 for this match and that extends to a top price of 8/5 – also with GentingBet.
Anyone looking to take a Correct Score bet in this match will be adopting a brave strategy but, if we were to take a small punt here, we might be looking at 2-2 in 90 minutes which is quoted at a best of 18/1 with GentingBet once again.
Head to Head
Spurs and Orient have faced each other on 15 previous occasions, starting with the very first encounter in 1909. The majority of league matches have been played out in division two while the O’s made a brief appearance in the top flight in the early 1960s.
During that time, we have won ten games, lost two and there have been three draws. Our last match against Orient came in the 2000/01 season when a late Gary Doherty goal saw us progress in the third round of the FA Cup. Those with longer memories will recall a two-legged Milk Cup tie in 1985 where we lost 2-0 at Brisbane Road before progressing thanks to a 4-0 win in the return at White Hart Lane. The goals came from Tony Galvin, Chris Waddle and a brace from Graham Roberts.
Let’s be honest, few of us would be surprised to see a repeat of last year’s loss to Colchester United. Not only is the EFL Cup likely to be seen as our lowest priority, we have two more matches to come in the following five days. Yes, we have a squad that’s close to full fitness but those on the fringe will be charged with trying to get a result from Brisbane Road.
With that in mind, we’re just looking at the side bets: We’re fairly positive in regards to a more entertaining match so we’ll take Both Teams to Score and Over 3.5 Goals plus an anytime goal for Erik Lamela who seems likely to be involved from the start. Remember, all of these picks are for the result in 90 minutes and they exclude the possibility of any extra time.
- Both Teams to Score at 5/6 with GentingBet
- Over 3.5 Goals at 8/5 with GentingBet
- Erik Lamela to score at any time in 90 minutes at 21/10 with Betway