Arsenal are not the only north London club looking to avoid an FA Cup upset this weekend, with Tottenham tasked with overcoming League One outfit Millwall to book their place in the semi-finals of this year's competition.
The Lions' achievement in reaching the last eight has been just as impressive as the only side ranked lower than them, the Emirates Stadium-bound Lincoln City, given they have now beaten three Premier League opponents in the row since the third round.
Bournemouth, Watford and Leicester City have all paid the price of underestimating Neil Harris' side, giving Mauricio Pochettino all the evidence he needs not to take this clash at White Hart Lane lightly.
|Game||Tottenham vs Millwall|
|Date||Sunday, March 12, 2017|
|Time||14:00 GMT, 10:00 ET|
TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM
In the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on BBC One and by stream via the BBC Sport app, with coverage beginning at 13:30 GMT.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|BBC One||BBC Sport app|
In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on FS1 and by stream via Fox Soccer 2Go, with coverage beginning at 10:00 ET and 07:00 PT.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
|FS1||Fox Soccer 2Go|
SQUADS & TEAM NEWS
|Goalkeepers||Lloris, Vorm, Lopez|
|Defenders||Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Dier, Trippier, Wimmer, Davies, Carter-Vickers|
|Midfielders||Wanyama, Nkoudou, Sissoko, Dembele, Dele, Eriksen, Onomah, Winks|
|Forwards||Son, Janssen, Kane|
Tottenham made a small number of tactical and personnel changes in the previous round against Fulham, but at the quarter-final stage and with a full week off before their next Premier League match Mauricio Pochettino may be tempted to name a full-strength side here.
If Pochettino does rotate, those with the best chance of coming into the XI are midfielder Harry Winks, winger Son Heung-Min and right-back Kieran Trippier. The Argentine also returned to a 4-2-3-1 formation in the previous round despite making the switch to three at the back in the league.
Danny Rose is out with a knee injury and Erik Lamela remains a long-term absentee with an apparent hip problem, though his unavailability has been the subject of much speculation over the past few months.
Potential starting XI: Lloris; Dier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen; Walker, Wanyama, Dembele, Davies; Eriksen, Dele; Kane.
|Goalkeepers||Archer, King, Girling|
|Defenders||Cummings, Webster, Cooper, Craig, Hutchinson, Romeo|
|Midfielders||O'Brien, Thompson, Williams, Ferguson, Onyedinma, Worrall, Butcher, Wallace, Abdou|
|Forwards||Morison, Gregory, Smith|
Millwall have a doubt over goalkeeper Jordan Archer, who is struggling with a groin injury but keen to face his former club.
Neil Harris has a fully fit squad to choose from otherwise, with midfielder Jed Wallace and striker Steve Morison returning to the bench for the 2-1 win over MK Dons and now back in contention to start.
Potential starting XI: Archer; Cummings, Webster, Cooper, Craig; Onyedinma, Thompson, Williams, O'Brien; Gregory, Morison.
BETTING & GAME ODDS
As expected, Spurs are heavy 1/7 favourites to emerge victorious with most bookmakers according to Oddschecker. Millwall are as long as 21/1 and the draw is also a reasonably distant shot at 8/1.
Harry Kane is the favourite to score first at around 11/5, with Dele Alli and Son Heung-Min both at 7/2. Christian Eriksen may be tempting at 6/1 and Lee Gregory is rated most likely to break the deadlock for the visitors at 14/1.
Tottenham have improved in nearly every competition so far this season - compared to last year, they are on course for eight points in the league, remain in the FA Cup at a later stage and progressed one round further in the EFL Cup. The only major disappointment came in Europe, but their poor Champions League group stage should be a learning experience.
While Mauricio Pochettino continues to do fine work, however, there is no doubt that a validation of some kind of their progress would mean a lot. They have their best chance yet to gain that in the FA Cup, where they must beat a League One side to put themselves two wins away from lifting the trophy.
And victory in this competition would be more than just a symbolic step for Tottenham, too. They were very much in the title race before falling away quite dramatically late last season, eventually finishing behind Arsenal despite having unquestionably the better season. Then their Champions League comeback fell flat at Wembley.
Both failures fed into the narrative that Spurs are a talented young team and enjoyable to watch, but don't have the mettle to get themselves over the line in major competitions and lose their cool when under pressure. That is borne out of a recent club history that has little to do with the players in the squad today, but it is nevertheless something they need to shed before it becomes a mental obstacle.
If Spurs do hit their projected points tally of 78 in the Premier League this season, similar progress next year would put them in line for the title. With big hitters likely waiting if they can beat Millwall, the FA Cup could tell us whether or not have they the fortitude to take that next step.