With FA Cup fixtures mixed in with Premier League ties this weekend, Sunday’s two o’clock kick-off sees Tottenham take a break from top-flight action to host League One side Millwall. It promises to be a feisty occasion, as the two London clubs face each other for the first time since 1990.
Despite being second in the Premier League, Spurs must not show any signs of complacency as they could well become the latest side to succumb to another FA Cup upset. Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping Harry Kane, who once enjoyed a loan spell at Millwall, can take Tottenham through to the semi-finals.
The Lions have done very well to get to this stage of the competition by beating Premier League sides Bournemouth, Watford and most recently Leicester and they now find themselves up against Tottenham, one of the biggest clubs in English football.
Spurs come into the game in decent form, having recently beaten Stoke and Everton at home, scoring seven goals in the process. They did, however, draw to Gent at Wembley in the Europa League which knocked them out of the competition. Pochettino’s men will be desperate to perform against Millwall to progress in the FA Cup and maintain their chances of securing silverware this season.
As for the League One side, they sit sixth in England’s third tier of football. Much of their lofty position is down to a fantastic February in which the Lions won six out their seven league games. They have been performing well under manager Neil Harris and are currently on a 17 game unbeaten run, which they will be hoping to extend against Tottenham.
Tottenham predicted starting XI Millwall predicted starting XI
Mauricio Pochettino has very few concerns with his squad, with the main absentees being Danny Rose and Erik Lamela, both of whom have had recent injury problems. The rest of his Spurs side is fully fit and ready for Sunday’s tie.
As for Millwall, Jordan Archer, their first-choice keeper, remains a doubt. Tom King is expected to keep his place in between the sticks.
Despite this clash featuring two clubs from different leagues, it will not be a complete turnover like many might expect. Neil Harris’ side will be high in confidence due to the run that they are on and will have the full support of the Millwall faithful who have sold out their ticket allocation. It will a physical, aggressive and close-fought game but Tottenham should prove too strong.
Score prediction: Tottenham 2-0 Millwall.
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