Tottenham v Peterborough, FA Cup, January 2, 2010
â€œWinning at Spurs is a tough ask, but getting something out of Monday’s game should have been impossible. It just goes to show that when you are prepared to run around, work hard and be totally committed, anything can happen. And that’s the attitude we need to take into the Spurs match. Shocks do happen in the FA Cup and I’ve been on the right end of a few in my career so we are certainly going to White Hart Lane with a chance…
â€œThe lads have massive self-belief after Monday and they couldn’t be going to Spurs in a better frame of mind. I expect Spurs will want to win the FA Cup so they will not be taking us lightly so we will have to be at our best to have a chance. If we are I wouldn’t rule out a shock result.â€ â€“ Peterborough boss Mark Cooper.
“There are no easy games in the FA Cup, that’s for sure.” â€“ Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp.
Forget what both managers have already said about this game in the build-up, this looks like a home banker. Tottenham, who have been in impressive form in the Premier League in recent weeks and face a Peterborough side bottom of the Championship and still coming to terms with the departure of Darren Ferguson who led the club to successive promotions.
The Posh find themselves in 24th position in the second division of English football and are five points from safety having played a game more than most of their relegation rivals. Manager Mark Cooper is hoping that their incredible 4-4 draw with Cardiff on Monday, where they came back from 4-0 down, will inspire them to some FA Cup heroics at White Hart Lane.
One win in their last 11 games would suggest otherwise but Peterborough do have some players that could cause Spurs problems. Their undoubted danger man is George Boyd, who has even been linked with a move to Spurs after impressing in the lower divisions in recent years. Boyd has scored 12 goals in all competitions this season and looks destined for Premier League football.
In goal for the Championship side is Joe Lewis (Peterborough are 14/1 to keep a clean sheet), who famously received an England call-up in May 2008 and has experience of playing for England Under-21s. Lewis (pictured) can expect to be the busier of the two keepers if he does play after coming off injured in the second half of the crazy 4-4 draw with Cardiff. Josh Simpson, on loan from Histon Town, could also start after scoring a brace in one of the craziest games of 2009.
Spurs though are flying and after brushing aside West Ham on Monday should have too much for the Posh. (Spurs are 4/5 to keep a clean sheet) Aaron Lennon will be missing for the home side after picking up a groijn injury late on against the Hammers and it seems likely that Harry Redknapp will use the opportunity to play a number of his reserve players.
Sadly for Tottenhamâ€™s opponents, the players coming in should be fired up and have enough quality to win this match. Robbie Keane, Jermaine Jenas, Gareth Bale, Alan Hutton, David Bentley and Giovani Dos Santos should all come in and we can expect Luka Modric to top up his match fitness with another run out. (8/15 to be over 2.5 goals in the game.)
Spurs donâ€™t play for another eight days after this match, a crucial encounter with Liverpool at Anfield and the only factor stopping Redknapp playing some players could be that he wonâ€™t want them cup tied before shipping them out in January.
Peterborough do come into this game after an incredible comeback, with some class players and with the romance of the FA Cup. Spurs will also likely play a weakened side but should have enough in front of their home support.
101gg predicts: Tottenham 3 â€“ Peterborough 1 (13/1)
Full match odds here.