Fan Preview: Tottenham Hotspur vs Leeds United

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It’s the tie of the FA Cup fourth round at White Hart Lane this weekend as Spurs take on Leeds United. In the last round the League One leaders did what we couldn’t do in the Carling Cup and deservedly turned over Man United’s B team at Old Trafford. Rather bizarrely neither Leeds nor us have won since the third round. In the league Leeds have drawn with Wycombe and lost to Exeter and Carlisle won their League Trophy game at Elland Rd on Tuesday night. Since seeing off Peterborough at the start of January our two disappointing results against Hull City and Liverpool mean that we head into this game with more of a trudge in our step than a spring, mentally at least.

We last met Leeds at WHL in August 2003. We won 2-1 with a front line consisting of Helder Postiga and Bobby Zamora. Freddie Kanoute got the winner after coming on as sub for Zamora. Sixteen year old Aaron Lennon also came on as sub that day. He replaced Mark Viduka for Leeds thus making his first team debut.

Given that we’ve a game on Tuesday against Fulham Harry would’ve liked the opportunity to rest a few players in this game but he’s sure to know that that would be a huge risk. Leeds have nothing to lose, will be backed by a large and vocal following and in Jermaine Beckford have at least one potential matchwinner. They’ve lost only two games away from home all season. As a result it’ll be a surprise (and a mistake) if we don’t field the strongest team we can.

Alan Wiley is scheduled to referee, he’s taken us once already this season, in December when we beat Man City.

It’s got potential to be a memorable game. The late kick off will help the atmosphere for a start. The last time we met in the Cup Anderton and Ginola scored two crackers and we won 2-0, we should be expecting a similar result this time round.

By MF

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