Spurs v Millwall: (match preview)
“For us, it’s not just a game against Millwall, it’s the chance to go to the next round and a semi-final at Wembley. That is a massive aim for us, a massive challenge. We respect Millwall and we must try to give our best to win the game.” (Mauricio Pochettino)
On Sunday afternoon Spurs will play their final ever cup match at the Lane, and what a tie it is, Spurs versus Millwall in an FA cup quarter final, a London Derby with great incentive for Pochettino’s side in their quest for the prestigious FA cup trophy. Spurs are just touching distance away from a semifinal at Wembley, standing in between them our fellow London club Millwall. Spurs haven’t faced the league 1 side in well over two decades, with the clubs last meeting coming in a league fixture in the 1989/1990 season, Spurs ran out 1-0 winners on that day courtesy of a winner from Gary Lineker. This time round Spurs are the overwhelming favourites, our incredible home form alone puts us in great stead against Neil Harris’s side. The stakes are huge but I’m very confident ahead of today’s 2:00pm kick off, the gulf in class is massive between the two sides, and if Pochettino’s plays all of his key players I can’t see their being any other outcome than a Spurs victory. However, the lions also come in to today’s game in great form, their unbeaten in 17 matches and their victories over Bournemouth, Watford and Leicester en route to the quarter finals, should not be forgotten. Let’s make our last ever cup match at the Lane, end in a memorable victory. The FA cup is in our DNA, and I really fancy our chances of lifting this most famous of trophies in our final season, at our glorious stadium.
Team news: Danny Rose and Erik Lamela remain Tottenham’s only two absentees ahead of today’s quarter final. I’m predicting Pochettino’ to field our strongest eleven against Milwall, we don’t play till next Sunday and I feel as if it would be too risky to rotate the squad ahead of this hugely important cup tie.
My predicted lineup: Lloris, Alderweireld, Dier, Vertonghen, Walker, Wanyama, Dembele, Davies, Eriksen, Alli, Kane.
My score prediction: 4-0 to Spurs courtesy of a hat trick from a Harry Kane, and a goal from Toby Alderweireld.
One to watch: Former Spurs academy graduate, Jordan Archer. The lions goalkeeper faces a battle to stay fit ahead of Sunday’s match, but I’m really hoping he gets to play in front of his former club. Millwall’s top scorer Lee Gregory, is also another player to watch out for.