The year ends in 1 so Tottenham should mount a decent challenge in the FA Cup. Today’s result couldn’t have helped more. Arsenal held at home by Leeds United, no testing visits to the North East after brilliant wins for Stevenage Borough, Notts County and Burton Albion. West Brom and Blackpool also lost and Stoke were held and either Liverpool or Manchester United departs as they play each other.
So plenty of lower sides exist as future opponents and all we don’t have to do is make hard work of Charlton Athletic when they visit White Hart Lane. After the Everton game and with Manchester United up next I am sure that Harry will be resting some of our main starters to ensure no knocks are picked up and allow them to rest before the onslaught.
I’m also interested to see if the Ginger Pele gets a game for them as his face has been on all the local match advertising. The man tried hard when he wore our shirt but I’m hoping that similar defending in a Charlton shirt will erode those deep rooted nightmares that he put in my head.
Our biggest risk is that the game is a sideshow to the David Beckham show and it’s likely that he will get paraded at White Hart Lane before the match. I think it’s already becoming a problem with Harry defending himself and pointing out that we need someone to put a cross onto Peter Crouch’s head and Beckham’s ability to bring players on.
I thought we already had David Bentley but he’s had little opportunity this year and hasn’t taken it when he has. Surely he is one man who could do with some Beckham coaching as he already has the skills but no we loan him to Birmingham so he can get games.
Having gone off on Wednesday night I would not expect to see Gareth Bale tomorrow and therefore expect Kranjcar to take his place. He must do better then his previous showings this year but to fair he can do no worse. We could also see Sandro being given a cup tie to cut his teeth. He did well against Arsenal in the Carling Cup so I hope he comes through this one as his Premier League starts have needed some work.
Whether JJ continues or Palacios comes back into the team is anyone’s guess. I’d quite like to see JJ have a run out and Modric given a rest remaining on the bench.
I think that Dawson will play alongside Bassong and Charlie may get another game to protect Hutton for next week and having brought Walker back from QPR why give him straight to Aston Villa when we could have played him in this game first?
Up front I fancy Defoe will come back in. He needs goals before Manchester United and this represents a decent chance. I fancy Pav will also get the nod. The team for the game I fancy will be as follows:
Corluka Dawson Bassong Ekotto
Lennon Sandro Jenas Kranjcar
Prediction: I’m going for 3-0 but a win will be sufficient seeing the fortunes of other Premier League sides today. This is a cup we can win and we must do our best to do so.