Tottenham Hotspur v Middlesbrough – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Emirates FA Cup third-round replay – Tuesday 8:05pm
Tottenham Hotspur v Middlesbrough – Preview:
Spurs boss, Jose Mourinho, has suggested that he will stick largely with the same group of players that faced Liverpool when Middlesbrough are the visitors for what is bound to be a tough Emirates FA Cup third-round replay at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Tottenham have no fresh injury concerns but are without with Ben Davies, Hugo Lloris, Tanguy Ndombele, Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko as Mourinho’s squad is again stretched.
“I can tell you the only player who is not selected is Alderweireld,” he explained at his pre-match press conference.
“He is the only one I can give a rest because I have options behind. I can play with Vertonghen, Tanganga, Foyth, Sanchez. So he’s the only player that I can say goodbye, take two days off. Apart from that, we are in our limits and everybody else has to go.”
A Lucas Moura goal shortly after the hour mark cancelled out Ashley Fletcher’s opener in the initial tie, setting up Tuesday’s replay. And despite an improved performance, Spurs go into the match off the back of their eighth Premier League defeat after leaders Liverpool won by a goal to nil in North London. And the Lilywhites boss was fully aware that his side – although favourites to progress – was under pressure.
“Difficult match – and in our situation, we are in our limits – an incredible effort against Liverpool two days ago – players brought a level of intensity in that game they are not used to because Liverpool is really strong at that level and the players gave absolutely everything, and to imagine those people have to play tomorrow and then Saturday again is really hard.”
Meanwhile, resurgent Middlesbrough head to N17 unbeaten in five Sky Bet Championship outing and fancying their chances of causing an upset after producing a notable performance in the initial tie at the Riverside Stadium.
Striker, Britt Assombalonga, remains absent with a troublesome ankle injury. Boss, Jonathan Woodgate, telling www.mfc.co.uk: “It’s really frustrating for Britt and for us as well, but we have to get him right.”
Tottenham Hotspur v Middlesbrough – Head to head:
Tottenham Hotspur won: 35
Middlesbrough won: 35
Tottenham Hotspur v Middlesbrough – Last five meetings (all competitions):
August 16, 2008 – Premier League
Middlesbrough 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
March 4, 2009 – Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 Middlesbrough
September 24, 2016 – Premier League
Middlesbrough 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur
February 4, 2017 – Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Middlesbrough
January 5, 2020 – FA Cup Third Round
Middlesbrough 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Jeevesie’s prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Middlesbrough