Spurs versus Fulham: (match preview)
“If you don’t win anything, you have had a bad season.” (Bill Nicholson)
Our FA cup run continues on Sunday when Spurs make the short trip across London, to face Fulham in the fifth round of the FA cup. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have suffered a recent blip of form with back to back defeats to Liverpool and Gent, his side have been off the pace and their 1-0 defeat in Belgium in midweek was a real cause for concern, it’s quite astonishing to think that we’ve only recorded two wins in our last 14 away matches. That poor away record cannot continue tomorrow when we face Fulham at craven cottage, I don’t need to emphasise how important the FA cup is to our club. Pochettino’s record as a manager in cup competitions is pretty poor and I have felt that in recent seasons he hasn’t put out strong enough squads in the FA cup. A prime example of this being our defeat at home to Crystal Palace in round 5 of last years competition, where a number of key players were rested. Many ex players and fans alike will all say that you’ve got to play your best team in the FA cup, but with our second leg tie against Gent in midweek that may not be as easy as it seems. I am quite anxious as a Spurs fan going into Sunday’s match, we’ve lacked our intensity over the last two matches, and with Fulham in good form in the championship this is not a tie we can afford to underestimate. The cottagers have won four of their last five matches and currently sit in eighth position in the Championship, and Slaviša Jokanović’s side have plenty of talented player in their ranks. The likes of Chris Martin, Lucas Piazon and Sone Aluko will all provide goal threats, whilst it’s worth looking out for highly rated 16 year old left back Ryan Sessegnon who has been linked with a move to us over the past year.
It’s essential we start today’s game with an attacking intensity that will unsettle the hosts, and if we can get an early goal then I fancy us to go on and thrash Fulham. After all it is the FA cup and anything can happen, but I’m hopeful that Pochettino’s side will be at their best for this afternoons tie. COYS
Team news: Erik Lamela and Danny Rose remain sidelined through injury, Harry Kane picked up a knock against Gent and may not be risked against Fulham. Meanwhile defender Jan Vertonghen has made great progress from his injury and could well feature at the back. I wouldn’t be too surprised to see youngsters Kyle Walker-Peters and Marcus Edwards feature on the bench, neither traveled to Belgium and both offer an exciting alternative.
An interesting read on Vincent Janssen:
My predicted team: (4-2-3-1) Vorm, Trippier, Alderweireld, Dier, Davies, Winks, Dembele, Eriksen, Alli, Son, Kane.
My score prediction: 4-1 to Spurs.
One to watch: The extremely talented young left back Ryan Sessegnon.