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  • 7 March 2012
  • • 19:30
  • • White Hart Lane, London
  • Referee: M. Oliver
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Tottenham - Stevenage Preview: Spurs have never lost three games in a row under Harry Redknapp

Tottenham - Stevenage Preview: Spurs have never lost three games in a row under Harry Redknapp

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The north London side welcome the Boro to White Hart Lane on Wednesday hoping to extend their unbeaten run of 34 games against lower-league teams in the FA Cup fifth-round replay


PROBABLE LINEUPS

TOTTENHAM

Cudicini
Kaboul, Dawson, Nelsen, Rose
Lennon, Parker, Modric, Bale
Adebayor, Defoe

STEVENAGE

Day
Henry, Ashton, Roberts, Laird
Wilson, Byrom, Bostwick, Long
Reid
May


The home side welcome Scott Parker back from suspension and he is expected to start here. Though Harry Redknapp seems happy to rotate his defence and goalkeeper, he is less likely to do so with the attack. Also expect a strong midfield to be named for this match.

Gareth Bale will return from the illness that kept him out of the Manchester United game whilst Rafael van der Vaart is also fit, but William Gallas look set for late fitness tests. Louis Saha will miss out entirely after Redknapp revealed the Frenchman had fluid drained from his knee following defeat to Manchester United.

For the visitors, recent loan signing Jordan Slew is cup-tied, having played in Blackburn's 2-1 loss at Newcastle earlier in the competition.

Goalkeeper Chris Day is expected to start at White Hart Lane, marking a return to the club where he began his career 17 years ago. Manager Gary Smith looks set to be able to name close to his strongest side for this short trip to north London.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Stevenage have not won since facing Tottenham in the FA Cup five games ago.
  • The League One club have lost two and drawn two since that match, scoring only three goals in this time.
  • As well as starting his career in the Tottenham youth academy, Stevenage's Ronnie Henry is the grandson of famed Spurs double winner Ron Henry.
  • Tottenham have conceded eight goals in their last two games.
  • Under Harry Redknapp, Spurs have never lost three or more consecutive games in any competition.
  • The last time that the north London side lost two consecutive games (the first two games of the season), they embarked on an 11-game unbeaten run, comprising of 10 wins and one draw.
  • Tottenham are 34 games unbeaten against lower-league clubs following the 0-0 at the Lamex Stadium.

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Available Squads
23Carlo CudiciniGoalkeeper
3Danny RoseMidfielder
-Ryan NelsenManager/Coach
20Michael DawsonDefender
4Younes KaboulDefender
7Aaron LennonMidfielder
11Gareth BaleMidfielder
21Niko KranjcarMidfielder
23Rafael van der VaartMidfielder
28Scott ParkerMidfielder
18Jermain DefoeStriker
24Brad FriedelGoalkeeper
2Kyle WalkerDefender
13William GallasDefender
14Jake LivermoreMidfielder
19Luka ModricMidfielder
10Emmanuel AdebayorStriker
17Giovani dos SantosStriker
16Chris DayGoalkeeper
4Darius CharlesDefender
5Jon AshtonDefender
14Mark RobertsDefender
25Ronnie Henry Defender
3Scott LairdDefender
13Joel ByromMidfielder
-Lawrie WilsonMidfielder
24Michael BostwickMidfielder
-Robin ShrootMidfielder
20Chris BeardsleyStriker
-Alan JulianGoalkeeper
12Philip EdwardsDefender
8Stacy LongStriker
12Ben MayStriker
-Craig Kevin ReidStriker
7Jennison Myrie-WilliamsStriker
17Peter WinnStriker
Players to Watch
Jermain Defoe
Jermain Defoe
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 18
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
His late consolation goal against Manchester United was his 13th of the season and, though he has fallen behind Louis Saha in the pecking order, the 29-year-old will see this game as an opportunity to stake a claim for a place in the Spurs first team. He has scored once in the FA Cup already this season, in Tottenham's 3-0 win over Cheltenham.
Chris Day
Chris Day
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 16
Games Goals YC RC
4 0 0 0
The veteran Stevenage goalkeeper will no doubt be kept busy. The 36-year-old began his career at Tottenham in 1995 and made one appearance for the club during a solitary season as back up to Ian Walker. This will be the first time he has taken to the White Hart Lane turf in a competitive fixture.
Prediction
It is hard to see quite how Stevenage can win this game against such illustrious opponents. They are going well in League One but a trip to White Hart Lane for any side is a tough ask and, with the home team reeling from back to back losses, expect Harry Redknapp's side to triumph.
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