Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur side have been given the go-ahead by the EFL to play their Carabao Cup third-round fixture at Stadium MK, the home of Sky Bet League Two side, MK Dons as preparations for their move in to the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium remain underway.
Opponents Watford had requested that the match should be reversed, allowing it to be played at Vicarage Road however following discussion of the matter during an EFL board meeting on Thursday, it was the North London side who were looked upon favourably, with a clash in Milton Keynes the outcome.
A statement released by the EFL read: “At its meeting on Thursday, the EFL granted Tottenham Hotspur Football Club dispensation to play their round three Carabao Cup tie against Watford Football Club later this month at Stadium MK.
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“As a result of Wembley Stadium and the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium being unavailable during the week commencing 24th September, the club approached the EFL prior to last week’s draw requesting the board consider an application to play at a neutral venue in the event they were drawn at home.
““The rules of the Carabao Cup provide for the board of the EFL to consider the home club’s request to play at neutral venues or to reverse the fixture. The decision to grant dispensation takes into account all relevant circumstances facing the home club at the time the fixture is scheduled to take place.”
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The agreement means that Spurs will play at three different venues during the same campaign, with their home Champions League group fixtures set to be played at Wembley upon its re-availability.
Chairman Daniel Levy hopes to announce a date for their opening fixture inside their new 62’000-seater home, however having hinted that it could be ready for their clash with reigning champions, Manchester City, a late November clash with Chelsea or a midweek fixture against Southampton now look the likelier options.
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