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FA Cup

  • 27 January 2013
  • • 14:00
  • • Elland Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire
  • Referee: K. Friend
  • • Attendance: 29943
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Leeds - Tottenham Preview: First meeting since Spurs' FA Cup replay win of 2009-10

The Yorkshire side, mid-table in the Championship, will be aiming to cause another upset after knocking Everton out of the Capital One Cup earlier in the season

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

LEEDS UNITED

Kenny
Byram, Peltier, Lees, White
 Austin, Brown
 Barkley,
McCormack, Becchio, Diouf
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

Lloris
Walker, Caulker, Dawson, Naughton
Parker, Dembele,
Lennon, Dempsey, Bale
Defoe

Leeds United do not have too many injury concerns but will be without Adam Drury (ankle) for the foreseeable future.

William Gallas (calf) faces a late fitness test for Tottenham, who could also be without Jan Vertonghen (illness).

Younes Kaboul (knee) is out until February and midfielder Sandro (knee) is expected to miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Leeds United have only won the FA Cup on one occasion, back in 1972, when Don Revie's side overcame Arsenal 1-0 thanks to an Allan Clarke goal.
  • Tottenham have lifted the famous trophy eight times but have not reached the final since 1991. Des Walker's injury-time own goal gave Nottingham Forest a 2-1 win on that occasion.
  • These two teams last met in the 2009-10 FA Cup, with Spurs going through 3-1 in a replay at Elland Road after a 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane.
  • Leeds last beat the north Londoners back in 2001, earning a 2-1 win at White Hart Lane to complete a league double.
  • A hat-trick for Jermain Defore would see him take his club goalscoring record for Tottenham up to 130.

Players to watch

L. Becchio

Position: Attacker

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Will he stay? Will he go? Leeds' Argentine striker has handed in a transfer request but could still be vital to the Yorkshire club's fortunes if he does remain at Elland Road. The former Barcelona B man is undoubtedly United's best forward and, if he combines well with Ross McCormack and El-Hadji Diouf, he could cause the Premier League side a host of problems.

M. Dembélé

Position: Midfielder

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The Belgian midfielder has quickly become an integral part of the Spurs setup since joining from Fulham and, although he has only scored once and notched three assists this term, the 25-year-old's accurate range of passing and creative influence make him a huge asset to the Tottenham ranks. Expect him to have an impact if the North London side are to advance to the fifth Round.

Editor's Prediction

Leeds have been one of the more inconsistent teams in the Championship and have struggled to put together a run of form for much of the season. By contrast, Spurs continue to compete in the upper reaches of the Premier League and should have too much for a spirited home side on the day.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Leeds United

Tottenham Hotspur

Wins
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3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Leeds United FC LEE
Leeds United FC Leeds United
Draw
Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT
Tottenham Hotspur FC Tottenham Hotspur
16%
78%

Top 3 Predictions

Leeds United FC LEE
0 - 3
Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT
Leeds United FC LEE
1 - 3
Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT
Leeds United FC LEE
0 - 2
Tottenham Hotspur FC TOT

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