Tottenham welcome Gillingham to White Hart Lane in the third round of the EFL Cup on Wednesday (21 September).

Where to watch

Kick-off is at 7.45pm BST. Live TV coverage of the game is not available in the UK. Highlights will be available on Channel 5 at 11pm BST.


Tottenham welcome Gillingham in the third round of the EFL Cup, but the major story ahead of the game is the injury to Harry Kane. The White Hart Lane club are likely to be without their top marksman for at least eight weeks after he suffered ankle ligament damage during their win over Sunderland in the Premier League.

Mauricio Pochettino has got a readymade replacement in Vincent Janssen, who is likely to fill in for the England international. He is likely to make his fourth start of the season against the League One outfit, with the Argentine manager also hinting at a number of other changes. Pochettino is likely to give a chance to some youth-team stars, who are close to breaking into the first-team, among them Cameron Carter-Vickers, who has been touted to become one of the best in England by his manager.

Vincent Janssen
Vincent Janssen will be a regular in the Spurs line-up following injury to Harry Kane Getty

The Argentine manager also hinted that summer signing Pau Lopez and Georges Kevin-N'koudou could also be handed their first starts when the League One side visit on Wednesday.

Gillingham, on the other hand, will be hoping to cause another upset after they beat Premier League side Watford in the second round. There will be a few familiar faces in the line-up in former Liverpool full-back Paul Konchesky and former Arsenal youth team star Jay Emmanuel Thomas.

The two sides have met on one occasion previously, which was also the third round clash of the League Cup in 1982. Spurs ran out 4-2 winners on the night at the Priestfield Stadium.

What managers say

Mauricio Pochettino: It's a very important game for us. I think that we cannot start to talk about whether we will take the game and the competition seriously or not. Of course we will take it seriously because we play as Tottenham, not play as some names. It's important to rotate the starting XI to give a chance to players who have not had the chance to play too much in recent weeks and it's an important challenge for us.

Justin Edinburgh [on causing an upset]: This group have beaten a Premier League side this season, so we know upsets can happen. In a one-off game against another Premier League team, we could cause another one. Watford shows it's possible. If they can find the level of performance, run the distances they covered without the ball and use it well going forward, the belief will be there, as we know we've achieved it before.

Betting odds (betfair)

  • Tottenham Win:1/6
  • Draw:13/2
  • Gillingham Win:12

Team news


Possible XI: Vorm; Trippier, Carter-Vickers, Alderweireld, Davies; Winks, Wanyama; N'koudou, Onoma, Sissoko; Janssen