Thursday, January 26, 2012

27.01. (Fri) 20:45 Watford - Tottenham Hot.

FA Cup: Giovani Dos Santos - Michael Dawson, Tottenham v Cheltenham Town
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Hodson, Mariappa, Nosworthy, Dickinson Deeney, Eustace, Hogg, Yeates Buaben

FriedelWalker, Dawson, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto
Lennon, Livermore, Modric, Kranjcar
Defoe, Adebayor
Sean Dyche has a relatively healthy squad to choose from with only Stephen McGinn and Martin Taylor absent through injury.

There are also no suspensions being served by any Watford player, allowing the manager to select a strong side for the visit of Tottenham.

Spurs have confirmed Gareth Bale (thigh), Scott Parker (hamstring) and Younes Kaboul (groin) are doubts for the FA Cup tie at Vicarage Road. Ledley King is expected to be rested ahead of the game against Wigan on Tuesday, with William Gallas and Sandro also missing out with calf injuries.

Vedran Corluka remains sidelined while Tom Huddlestone has only just started to train again following his ankle injury.

  • The sides have met four times in the FA Cup with Tottenham coming out on top on every occasion and scoring 17 goals in the process.
  • The 1987 semi-final at Wembley was memorable not only for Spurs' 4-1 win but for the identity of the Watford goalkeeper. Roger Plumley - the son of the chairman - took to tending the goal following a spate of injuries to the club's first and second choice keepers.
  • Tottenham are unbeaten in their last five visits to Vicarage Road.
  • Mark Falco is a name familiar to both sets of fans. The striker played at White Hart Lane for nine years before making the switch to Watford where he scored 14 times in his solitary season there.
  • Watford have won one and lost seven of their last eight FA Cup games against top-flight opposition.
  • Tottenham meanwhile, have only lost once in 33 FA Cup games against lower-league opposition - 3-2 to Leicester in 2006.
  • However they have suffered in recent seasons by getting dumped out of the FA Cup at this stage in three of the last four years.
  • Jermain Defoe (pictured right) has pedigree in the competition - scoring eight goals in 10 games over the last three seasons.