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Spurs stutter against Rochdale in FA Cup outing

When Tottenham drew League One strugglers Rochdale in the FA Cup fifth round, massacre was expected.

Spurs, a seasoned Premier League club and enjoying a fine run of form across all competitions, on paper, should have made easy work of Rochdale.

Spurs are third in the countries elite competition, only behind Manchester City and Liverpool and only recently thrashed Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

However, when they faced England’s lowest-ranked third-tier team, that counted for nothing.

This is the FA Cup and Rochdale earned a 2-2 draw.

Tottenham seemed to be heading to the quarterfinals after Harry Kane’s late penalty but fellow substitute Davies fired home to share the spoils at Spotland.

Rochdale began with intent, rewarded by Ian Henderson on the stroke of halftime.

Spurs, who also needed a replay to get past fourth-tier Newport in the previous round, dominated the second half.

On the hour mark, that dominance paid off with Lucas Moura restoring parity.

Kane and Davies added one apiece as Rochdale will now look forward to a money-spinning replay at Wembley.

Swansea City or Sheffield Wednesday awaits the winners in the quarter-finals.

Tottenham need to take this competition seriously as the club attempts to end a seriously long trophy drought.

Whilst Pochettino is keen to win the Premier League, an FA Cup is certainly a more realistic achievement at this stage for the club.

With the likes of Harry Kane attracting transfer interest from Europe’s best clubs, winning trophies of any kind will surely go some way to helping the club retain this calibre of player.

It feels like the club are at a crucial stage of their development and now is the time to win a trophy. Hopefully Spurs can get the job done comfortably in the replay and go on to win the whole competition.

Why Tottenham Need A Strong End To The Season

It’s been a consistent season from Tottenham and certainly one that has seen them surpass the expectations. Overall it’s not been great though, the disappointment in Europe was particularly poor – but there’s still time for this to be one of the clubs best in their history.

We caught up with Jonathan Lewis, spurs fan and tipster at FootballPredictions.com. According to Jonathan: “Tottenham face a massively tough task if they want to dethrone Chelsea from the top of the Premier League, but they do have to ensure that they finish the season as runners-up, and get to the final of the FA Cup, anything less would, in my opinion, make the season a poor one”

Tottenham are one club playing without pressure, surpassing expectations in their current league position, whilst the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal continue to underperform each week.

What Tottenham need to do is to show that they aren’t serial bottlers and they only way they can do that is by finishing the season strong. If the club manage to win the FA Cup and finish 2nd in the league, the whole of Europe will take notice.

Tottenham have to ensure they go into the summer looking like a top European club. They need to make better signings than they have previously to help take the team to the next level – and the club will only attract world class players if they achieve something significant. Tottenham do not have the history of clubs like Manchester United to fall back on in transfer dealings. Tottenham also need to ensure star players like Harry Kane and Dele Alli want to stay at the club, with interest from the likes of Real Madrid being reported.

But the most important thing for Tottenham to do this summer is to keep Mauricio Pochettino at the club. The manager has done wonders with his team and is a tactical genius. With the likes of Barcelona on the hunt for a new manager, Pochettino could well be on the wishlist of some top clubs this summer and if Spurs lose him, they’d lose all the momentum the club has built up over the last few years. Wondering what Jonathan predicts for the upcoming fixtures of the Premier League? Check out his Premier League section on FootballPredictions.com for analysis and match previews.

Tottenham Hotspur Season Preview!

Oh not another transition season? Unfortunately, that seems to be the feeling for the upcoming season for Tottenham Hotspur, but with a lot more influence from the manager Mauricio Pochettino than last season. As fans, we have some expectations for where we want our club to be this season, but this season will be the typical rollercoaster that we have all grown accustomed to recently, whether we enjoy it or not.

With the club lacking in the transfer department, I would expect that in the next few weeks, Daniel Levy might flex his business muscles and bring in a few players for a reasonable price, but as a fan, I would like to see a striker and midfielder be signed, just so we have some depth in the team.

Season Targets:

Well, we all know what we want, and what we aim for, and that is the Champions League places. But in the real world, where Tottenham only have one fully operating striker, we know it is going to be a while before Spurs are near them places again.

However, we were only 6 points off Manchester United last season, so if one of the big teams doesn’t live up to expectation, combined with us putting in fine performances week in and week out, then maybe we may be able to sneak back into the top 4.


Alongside our hopes to gain Champions League football, but also retaining Europa League football, we will want to go far in all the Domestic trophies and the Europa League. In the previous season, we all remember our run to the Capital One Cup final, and Pochettino will want to go one better and win the trophy this season, as well as doing well in the FA Cup.

With the Europe League, however, it offers a completely different prospect. If Tottenham win the Europa League (and at this stage, it is looking like a big if), then we will be automatically entered in the next seasons Champions League. The club may see the Europa League as the best and easiest way to enter the competition if our league season isn’t going great.


I would expect that Spurs will do well in at least one of these cups, with the Capital One Cup possibly the best chance of capturing the cup, but Pochettino will be ambitious enough to try for the Europa League.


Manager: Mauricio Pochettino:

A man that I can only imagine was rather frustrated at how last season went for Tottenham. Brought in from Southampton amongst their mass exodus from 2 years ago, Pochettino has been allowed time to develop his own tactics, bring in young players and get after transfer targets that are clearly his own.


This season, as shown by the Pre Season, Pochettino is looking to blend in a good mixture of youth in his first team, with Dele Alli, Shaq Coulthirst and Josh Onomah playing big parts in the Pre Season, and unless any clubs come in with loan bids that could benefit the players, these youngsters could play a part in our season.

Let’s just hope that Levy and the board give Pochettino enough time to work his magic at Spurs, and hopefully, we could have a successful reign at White Hart Lane, and the new stadium!


Key Players:


Harry Kane:

This one is a simple one. Without Harry Kane, we would not have had as nearly as great as a season as we had. But the only thing that is stopping us from being even better is the worry that whether Kane can do it again? We know it will be difficult to replicate the form he had, but as long as he keeps banging in the goals, then we have the first genuine goal scorer since Jermaine Defoe and Robbie Keane.


Hugo Lloris:

Our new captain! Hugo was arguably our most important player last season, and hopefully if our defense improves this season, he could be one for the Fantasy Teams. Keeping hold of Lloris this summer is one of the best pieces of business that Tottenham have done. Our summer could have been a lot worse if we didn’t have Lloris keeping the goal. Lets hope to another season where he performs as well as he usually does.


Christian Eriksen:

Our creative gem in the midfield last season, Eriksen has proven to be pretty much the only player from the “Magnificent Seven” summer spending spree that hasn’t fully flopped. His set piece threat, coupled with his occasional touch of class can turn games on their head at the touch of a button, and hopefully another year in the Premier League can enhance his performances.

‘Good Win’ Fans Happy With FA Cup Comeback Win Over Burnley

Tottenham ran out 4-2 winners over Burnley in the FA Cup third round replay. As reports suggested just a day before, Harry Kane was left out of the starting line-up and was given a rest. That didn’t stop the goals from flooding in though. We saw four Tottenham goals at White Hart Lane in a match that has action right from the off. Burnley surged into a two-goal lead after just eight minutes, but goals from Paulinho, Etienne Capoue, Vlad Chiriches and Danny Rose helped Spurs to an FA Cup victory, to set up a fourth round tie at White Hart Lane with Leicester a week on Saturday. Twitter were happy with the win, and felt that all of the players on the pitch played very well on the night. Mauricio Pochettino fielded many fringe players in the starting line-up, and it was good to see these perform well. This is how Twitter reacted.

Adebayor Starts! Tottenham Team News And Predicted Lineup To Face Burnley

Tottenham will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace on Saturday evening. Mauricio Pochettino feels that certain refereeing decisions went against his side, but the second Palace goal was easily avoidable. They face a Burnley side at White Hart Lane that Spurs have already faced twice this season, winning one and drawing the other. A home tie against Leicester awaits the winner. Here is the team news and predicted line-up.

Team News:

Ryan Mason and Erik Lamela are doubts to make the starting line-ups, but they will both face late fitness tests. Nabil Bentaleb is with the Algeria squad.

Predicted Line-Up: (4-2-3-1)

Goalkeeper: Michel Vorm:

Tottenham could make a number of changes to the side that faced Crystal Palace on Saturday, and Hugo Lloris could be one of the first to make way. Vorm has been solid, and when he has been called upon, he has been solid.

Defence: Kyle Naughton, Jan Vertonghen, Eric Dier, Ben Davies:

As I said before, Mauricio Pochettino could make a considerable amount of changes to the team. Since his dream start to the season, Eric Dier has not been given much of a run-out in hiss usual position at centre-back, and it would be good to see him back where he is comfortable. Ben Daviies has been dropped from the Premier League side, so we should see him make an appearance here.

Midfield (Holding): Etienne Capoue, Benjamin Stambouli:

Assuming that Ryan Mason is still out through injury, it would be good to see these two play together in the middle of the park. Capoue hasn’t been given a start under the Argentine for a long time now, and the good form of Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb hasn’t helped him at all in his bid to force his way back into the side.

Midfield (Attacking): Aaron Lennon, Paulinho, Nacer Chadli:

This replay is a great opportunity to play some players that have been short of first team action, and as we are in January, this is a perfect time for Mauricio Pochettino to assess who deserves to stay at Tottenham Hotspur until the summer at least. Two of these players have been linked with moves away, and this match could ultimately decide their futures at Spurs. Nacer Chadli has been in fantastic form in recent weeks, and he scored against Burnley at Turf Moor just a couple of weeks back.

Striker: Emmanuel Adebayor:

I have not been too happy with the behaviour of this striker over the course of this season, but it has not been since November that Adebayor has been given a chance under Pochettino. He has also had time off due to family issues. This match could decide his future at Spurs, but wages could be a problem is Spurs choose to sell up.

‘Not What We Wanted’ Fans Slightly Angered But Still Positive After Draw With Burnley

Off the back of an impressive 5-3 win at White Hart Lane over Chelsea, Tottenham were full of confidence at the start of the game at Turf Moor, despite Mauricio Pochettino naming a much changed team prior to the kick-off. A very poor first half saw neither side register a single shot on target. The game improved in the second half, mainly due to the introduction of Harry Kane, and it wasn’t long until Nacer Chadli fired Spurs in front, only for the goal later to be cancelled out by Sam Vokes. Spurs fans were left angered as they saw their side let a lead slip, but more so about the fact that Tottenham will have to play yet another game in what is already a very tight schedule for Mauricio Pochettino’s side. Although a date has not been confirmed, it has been said by Burnley that a likely date is 14th January. Here is how Twitter reacted to the draw.


Burnley Vs Spurs: Match Preview, Key Players And More

On Monday Night, Spurs travel to Turf Moor to take on Burnley in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup. Off the back of the absolutely incredible 5-3 win over Chelsea, Spurs have the opportunity to carry that momentum with them into the start of their FA Cup run. The two sides met a couple of weeks ago in the Premier League at White Hart Lane, Spurs won 2-1 but Burnley gave them more of a match than most expected and will do the same again here.

Where will the match be won?

Burnley had a habit recently for coming back in games and scoring to earn points when behind. They were behind against Newcastle three times on New Year’s Day and equalised three times to earn a point, so Burnley’s resilience mustn’t be underestimated by Spurs going into this game. If Spurs go ahead in this game, they must continue to pressure and not give Burnley any opportunity to try and claw themselves back in this game and they’ll need to close it off until it’s out of Burnley’s reach.

Key Players:

Harry Kane: From unused youngster to being the hottest property in North London, the rise of Harry Kane this season has been incredible. His monumental display against Chelsea, scoring twice and winning a penalty, and the way he demolished Cahill & Terry was a sight to behold. His all-round play, strength and pace is everything needed to be a great striker which is what he is developing into and will continue his hot form here.

Nacer Chadli: The 25-year-old has transformed his game, and has already accumulated eight goals in just 21 games this season. A clinical finisher, Chadli has been a potent outlet for Spurs and one of the major positives of their improved form. It is easy to see where he has improved, too. Although most of his game remains of a similar standard to last term, Chadli has started to become much more of a goalscoring threat under Pochettino. Chadli is not only taking considerably more shots on goal, but he is also proving to be more accurate when he does and he is reaping the rewards. With only half the season gone, Chadli could easily reach twenty goals in all competitions if he continues at this rate and, after being written off by many, he may just put the ‘magnificent’ back into his nickname.

Danny Ings: The young English striker, like Kane, is making a huge difference to his side. With five goals and three assists in the last month, his efforts have moved Burnley up from the bottom of the table and giving them a real chance of survival. In the League game against Spurs he had several chances to earn them a point but didn’t take them. If he’s more ruthless with his chances, he’ll give the side a great chance of a Cup upset.

Kane Dropped! Tottenham Team News And Predicted Lineup To Face Burnley

I was extremely impressed by the performance that I saw against Chelsea in the 5-3 win over Jose Mourinho’s men, and this will give the Spurs side confidence when they face Burnley in the FA Cup on Monday night. It is a break from the Premier League and Mauricio Pochettino could make many changes to his side. Here is the team news and predicted line-up.

Team News:

Erik Lamela missed out on a starting place on New Year’s Day against Chelsea and he has confirmed on Twitter that it was a calf injury that kept him out, so he is doubt again for the trip to Turf Moor. Ryan Mason is also a doubt to make the starting eleven after he limped off. Finally, Nabil Bentaleb is away on African Cup of Nations duty with Algeria, so he is out.

Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1):

Goalkeeper: Michel Vorm:

This trend was not really followed at the start of the season, but Michel Vorm is our cup goalkeeper, and I think that he will start, this time in the FA Cup. I was impressed with the former Swansea man against Newcastle, who was alert and ready when he was called into action.

Defence: Kyle Naughton, Jan Vertonghen, Younes Kaboul, Danny Rose:

I do not think that DeAndre Yedlin will be rushed into the thick of it, after arriving just a week or so ago, so Kyle Naughton could make his last appearance for Spurs with Stoke interested in a potential transfer. Jan Vertonghen had a solid game against Chelsea and can provide some stability in the defence. Younes Kaboul wants more playing time, so I think the boss will give him his chance to impress here. Lastly, Danny Rose should get the chance to build on the goal that he got against Chelsea.

Midfield (Holding): Benjamin Stambouli, Mousa Dembele:

Both of the young holding midfielders are either out or a doubt for this match, so it is a chance for both Stambouli and Dembele to give Mauricio Pochettino a selection headache in future games. The Belgian has been reduced to many substitute appearances this season, and could impress on Monday night as it appears he is below Stambouli in the pecking order.

Midfield (Attacking): Aaron Lennon, Paulinho, Andros Townsend:

It will be all change in the Tottenham ranks for the FA Cup, with many players getting their chance to impress, and with the January transfer window well underway, Pochettino will be working out who exactly he wants to get rid of this month. Paulinho hasn’t had too many minutes this season and should get his chance, along with Aaron Lennon, who has been heavily linked with a move away from White Hart Lane.

Striker: Roberto Soldado:

As you know, I am a massive Roberto Soldado and would love him to score fifteen or so goals per season. Harry Kane has played a lot of football over the Christmas period, and could well be rested for the trip to Burnley.