This weekend it’s the turn of the FA Cup to interrupt the tumultuous ride that our league season has become. Crystal Palace come to White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon in the 5th round. The winners are one win from Wembley and three wins from the trophy, that’s quite an incentive.
No-one can stop them
Pochettino’s selection in Florence was balanced in favour of picking a stronger side this weekend – he knew that a win wasn’t imperative in Italy and also that if things went against us then we’d get a second bite at the cherry this Thursday coming. It’ll be a surprise if Dembélé, Dier, Kane, Lamela, Walker and Rose don’t come back in to the side. Vorm, Alderweireld, Wimmer and Carroll (assuming he was taken off as a tactic rather than due to injury) are probably already pencilled in with either Alli or Eriksen starting behind Harry. Or Son?
We’re gonna do it again
Palace have been having a stinker of a run in the league, their only wins since December 19 have come in the FA Cup. They’ve had real problems scoring goals so who do you turn to in that situation? Goal hungry workaholic Emmanuel Adebayor of course! The newly dreadlocked Togoan opened his account against Watford last weekend but his defence let him down and Palace dropped another notch down the table.
We won’t give it up
Palace are an attractive 5/1 with the bookies to win on Sunday which is pretty remarkable in a two horse race where one of the, erm, horses, will purposely not being trying its best – us, by playing a weakened side I mean. They’ve had the full week to prepare, Adebayor has a personal itch he may wish to scratch, they had some fine aways wins earlier in the season and they’ve got nothing else to play for. We should win and are justifiably favourites but you take you take your eye off the ball against a Premier League side and you’ll get what you deserve.
We’re gonna bring the cup
Craig Pawson is down to referee so once more don’t be surprised to see heads being scratched or in the ever unloveable Pardew’s case, a cranium exploding.
Back home to White Hart Lane
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