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Garner cup-tied for Cumbrians; Spurs to make changes

Last Updated: 26/09/12 10:44am

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Tom Huddletsone: Expected to make his first start of the season for Tottenham

Tom Huddletsone: Expected to make his first start of the season for Tottenham

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Andre Villas-Boas is set to make a number of changes as Tottenham aim to avoid a Capital One Cup upset against Carlisle.

Tottenham's results have started to improve after a slow start to the season and they won for a second Premier League game in a row when they beat Queens Park Rangers 2-1 on Sunday.

Carlisle are on a four-match unbeaten run in League One, having defeated Coventry 2-1 at the weekend, and manager Greg Abbott has warned Spurs to expect a battle.

Carlisle news

On-loan Watford striker Joe Garner is cup-tied for Carlisle after featuring in an earlier round for the Hornets.

Fellow loanee Kallum Higginbotham is available, however, and could replace Garner to start alongside former Huddersfield team-mate Danny Cadamarteri in attack.

Midfielder Paul Thirlwell (concussion) and defender Danny Livesey (head wound) were both forced off late on in Saturday's 2-1 victory at Coventry but should be fit. Striker Lee Miller (knee) remains a long-term absentee.

Garner aside, manager Greg Abbott could be tempted to keep faith with an unchanged starting XI for the third-round tie against the Premier League giants.

Tottenham news

Tottenham will make a number of changes from the team that beat QPR.

Tom Huddlestone, Michael Dawson, Steven Caulker and Andros Townsend are likely to make their first starts of the season while Gareth Bale, Brad Friedel and William Gallas will probably be rested.

Emmanuel Adebayor (hamstring), Kyle Naughton (foot), Scott Parker (Achilles), Jake Livermore (groin), Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Younes Kaboul (both knee) are out, but Heurelho Gomes has recovered from an ankle problem and will travel to Brunton Park.

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