That’s not to say a weakened team will be turning out at the Saturn Stadium, with Tottenham having a squad now bulging with quality players and it will be a chance for some of the fringe members to demonstrate that they are worthy of regular football.
This includes Erik Lamela who arrived from Roma for £26million during the summer, although the Argentine has had limited opportunities since switching from Serie A a few months ago, with the 21-year-old having started just two matches.
Jermain Defoe is another player who seems to be making the most of cup encounters and will lead the line against an Anzhi team who have shed several players due to their owner’s change of policy which means that Willian and Samuel Eto’o were removed from the wage bill.
It means that Spurs are warm favourites at 8/15 (Ladbrokes) to claim victory in this match and move a step closer to qualifying from Group K, with first-team opportunities likely to rear their head for Lewis Holtby, Nacer Chadli and Sandro.
Anzhi don’t have the same squad depth and claimed a point in their first match when drawing 0-0 away to Sheriff Tiraspol, with the team having amazingly failed to win a game all season.
The Russian side needed a late penalty to draw 2-2 at home to Amkar Perm and sit second from bottom in the Premier League, something which has led the bookies to offer 6/1 (Sky Bet) that they beat their expensively-assembled opponents.
Anzhi have drawn five of their last six matches in all competitions and you can get 7/2 that this contest ends all square, although Spurs proved in a recent 4-0 mauling of Villa in the Capital One Cup that their reserve team can deliver the goods when required.
Defoe is a 4/1 chance to break the deadlock although perhaps Erik Lamela is the best value at 15/2 considering that he boasted an excellent goal record for Roma, while AVB will have no love lost for the Russian club after what happened during the summer.
Tottenham looked set to add Willian to their squad and the midfielder even had a medical at the club before Chelsea swooped to sign a player who has largely been ineffective for the Blues to date.
A 2-0 win for Spurs can be backed at 7/1 and seems the best value on the basis that the English side are running a tight ship every game and a win to nil can be backed at 31/20 with Coral.