Leeds – Tottenham 27.01.2013
Three years ago the two sides met in the FA Cup and played out an entertaining 2-2 draw, so there is every chance we will see another exciting encounter at Elland Road.
Leeds United have become famous for their impressive FA Cup showings, while red-hot Tottenham should make sure the hosts are in for a very difficult job.
With three First Division (now Premier League) titles to their name and plenty of European success, Leeds United are rightly considered one of the biggest clubs in England. The Whites have been struggling to return to the top flight after they were relegated in 2004, but they have since produced several outstanding showings in the FA Cup at their Elland Road. The team have done pretty well under Neil Warnock, even if they are still six points adrift of promotion places, with back to back wins over Birmingham and Bristol City acting as a major boost ahead of the clash with in-form Tottenham. With El-Hadji Diouf, Ross McCormack and Luciano Becchio all expected to start, Spurs defence will have their work cut out for them in this match.
Match: Leeds – Tottenham 15.00h
League: FA Cup
Our prediction: over 2.5 goals Odds: 1.65
Many were surprised to see Andre Villas-Boas appointed as a successor to Harry Redknapp at the start of the season, but the Portuguese manager has done well to prove that he has what it takes to coach a high-profile club. Following a somewhat slow start to the season, Spurs began to improve and climb the Premier League standings, and they now look hot favourites for the final Champions League berth. The team are scoring goals for fun both home and away, with their showings on the road especially impressive. With 38 goals scored in their 11 Premier League matches on the travels, it is fair to expect another high-scoring encounter when they take on very good Leeds side. With star players Bale, Lennon and Defoe all expected to feature, Tottenham will be in good stead to win this match and qualify to the next round but we can see a few goals today.