Tottenham – Newport County (FA Cup)
Tottenham and Newport County are back in action on Wednesday night, this time at Wembley Stadium, in a FA Cup 4th round replay. The Spurs came from behind twice to draw 2-2 against Liverpool on Sunday, at Anfield Roda, and are now unbeaten in their last 11 home games at Wembley, failing to win only two. Newport County arrives here after being able to hold the Spurs in the first match, but this trip to Wembley will be far more complicated.
Tottenham arrive here after eliminating Wimbledon in the previous match. The team have already won the FA Cup eight times in their history, the last time was in 1990/91, and since then they have reached several semi-finals, most recently in 2011/12 and in 2016/17, but were always unable to beyond. In the previous meeting, the Spurs failed to live up to the expectations and could not do better than a disappointing 1-1 draw against Newport, from the 4th tier of english football. Here, the Spurs are hoping they will not have a hard time getting past this Newport County.
At home is where the Lilywhites get their best results, they have won 10 of their last 13 at Wembley in national competitions, losing just once, scoring 32 goals and conceding 9 in the process. In those last 13 matches, the Spurs have always scored at least one goal per game, and have kept 7 clean sheets in the process. Also, it should be noted that in the last 3 matches played at Wembley, the Spurs always came out as winners, scoring 9 goals without conceding any in return.
In their last 5 official matches, Tottenham has a record of 2 victories and 3 draws. This sequence of results started with a 4-0 victory against Everton. This result was followed by a 1-1 draw away to Southampton, a 1-1 draw away to Newport County, for the FA Cup, a 2-0 victory against Manchester United, and in their last match, a 2-2 draw away to Liverpool. Lucas Moura wasn’t signed in time for the game in Newport, so is ineligible to play on Wednesday.
Probable Lineup: Vorm – Aurier, Alderweireld, Foyth and Rose – Winks and Wanyama – Moura, Sissoko and Lamela – Kane.
Newport County, on their turn, arrive here after beating Walsall, Cambridge United and Leeds United in the previous qualifiers, reaching this stage of the competition for the first time since 1978/79, and never in their history have they managed to overcome this stage. The Exiles arrive here in poor moment of form, they have failed to win in their last four, losing the last two, and losing ground in the race for the promotion spots.
The Ironsides have difficulties in playing away from home, having won 7 out of 20 games played as visitors in national competitions, losing 9, with a total of 24 goals scored and 32 goals conceded. In these 20 games, the team have kept 4 clean sheets, but went blank on the scoresheet 5 times. Although the Exiles were able to get a draw in their first meeting with the Spurs, this trip to Wembley will might turn out to be too much for them.
In their last 5 official matches, Newport County has a record of 1 victory, 2 draws and 2 defeats. This sequence of results started with a 2-1 win over Crawley Town. This result was followed by a 1-1 draw at home against Morecambe, a 1-1 draw at home against Tottenham, for the FA Cup, a 3-1 defeat against Lincoln City, and in their last match, a 2-0 defeat against Colchester. Marlon Jackson and David Pipe are both out due to injury.
Probable Lineup: Day – White, O’Brien, Demetriou and Butler – Bennett, Dolan, Labadie, Willmott and Nouble – Amond.
There has only been one direct confrontation between these two teams in the last 58 years, and it ended in a tie.
FA Cup 17/18
Spurs struggled in Newport, but should make light work of their Welsh counterparts on Wednesday night.