Spurs – Villa; FA cup time and it could get scary

I’m sure many of you know my views on the cup.
While it’s not as popular as it used to be, it’s still holds a big attraction for me, even though it’s become lessened by the bigger teams putting out their second string.
Which is exactly what Pochettino will do, if his “sweeping changes” statement is anything to go by.
It annoys me really and even a Man U fan of all people, I spoke to a while back, said it’s disrespectful to the opposition.

Steve Bruce meanwhile, has said that he’s going to play his strongest team, which seems a bit of a misnomer after Monday’s showing against Cardiff.
But fair play to him, he’s going to give it a go, just as I think he ought too.
I mean, ok, I don’t think we’ve got a cat in hell’s chance of beating even Tottenham’s second string, but imagine the boost it would give us if we were to progress into the next round.
I wouldn’t think anyone fancies us to get anything from this one anyway, so to my mind we’ve not much to lose.

What is a concern though, could be the nature of a defeat.
Spurs have some very good players on their books and they are probably capable of giving us a bit of a battering, especially as we’ve been pretty poor of late.

So I’m not even going to hazard a guess at who Spurs will start with, but they’re in pretty good shape, with only Erik Lamela being out with a hip injury.

On our part, it could be interesting, as although Bruce says he will put his strongest team out, it’s still very possible he might change things after the previously mentioned debacle.
Surely he won’t persist with Westwood, will he?
I’d expect Sam Johnstone to come straight in.
You can bet Gabby will get a start after the manager raved about how brilliant he was against Cardiff. Hmm.
Actually I’d suggest this graphic won’t be far off the mark;

So you might have guessed that I can see us getting a tonking.
Except you just never know. It’s what the FA cup is all about after all and there have certainly been bigger shocks over the years.
And the even better part is we’re on BBC.

I’ll go for 1-3, although I can’t think who’ll score for us.


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  1. Adam
    Adam January 8, 2017 at 6:01 pm .

    Decent performance only poor player was grealish normally Im his biggest fan but didn’t do anything today. Great keeper, let’s get some more new blood in now

  2. Dave67
    Dave67 January 8, 2017 at 6:24 pm .

    Grealish did nothing today , over rated player. Great preformance from our new keeper. Result did not bother me was expecting nothing today. We can focus on the league now and hopefully get a new midfield.

  3. nath
    nath January 8, 2017 at 7:43 pm .

    iam glad davis and green got on for closing part of game.new goalie had a decent game. hutton tish not bad. grealish seems to believe hes somebody better than he is. such a shame a youngster with lots of talent, but he has little end product. doesn’t know when to pass shoot which is such a waste. the tries to do so much achieves very little. he should simplify his game

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