Tottenham - Coventry Preview: Spurs reunited with old FA Cup foe
Spurs will look to kick off their campaign in style after suffering semi-final disappointment last season, against a League One team that defeated them in the 1987 final
By Matt Davis
Walker, Gallas, Caulker, Naughton
Christie, Wood, Edjenguele, Adams
Baker, Fleck, Jennings, Moussa
Andre Villas-Boas could give Scott Parker his first start since coming back from injury, but the FA Cup clash might come too soon for Benoit Assou-Ekotto, who is lacking match fitness.
Tottenham's big stars may be rested, giving the likes of Parker, Andros Townsend, Tom Huddlestone and Yago Falque a chance to impress.
Brad Friedel could be set to make his return to the Tottenham line-up, making his first start since signing a new contract at the club, keeping him at White Hart Lane until 2014.
The Sky Blues come into the game following their first defeat in 10 games, losing 1-0 on New Year's Day to Shrewsbury and will undoubtedly be going all-out against Tottenham, making amends for last year's exit in the third round of the cup.
Despite starting 2013 with a defeat, it is unlikely Mark Robins will make many changes to the line-up, with his team keeping an impressive eight clean sheets so far this season. However, he will have to make one crucial change as top scorer David McGoldrick has left to join Ipswich Town, so loan signing Leon Clarke could come in.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Tottenham reached the semi-final of the cup last year, losing 5-1 to Chelsea, who eventually went on to lift the trophy.
- Coventry beat Tottenham in the 1987 FA Cup final, grabbing a winner in extra time in a 3-2 thriller.
- Steve Ogrizovic, who played over 500 times for the Sky Blues and was the goalkeeper in the 1987 FA Cup final, remains at the club as goalkeeping coach.
- Tottenham have won the FA Cup eight times, the most recent being in 1991. They are 10/1 to beat Coventry 3-1 with bet365.
- Coventry boss Mark Robins won the FA Cup once as a player, with Manchester United in 1990.
- Tottenham have not conceded this season when Scott Parker (pictured) has been on the pitch.
- Spurs have conceded only two goals in their last five Premier League games.
- David McGoldrick is Coventry's top goalscorer so far this season, scoring 18 times.
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Top 3 Predictions
Tottenham 3-0 Coventry
- 15.11 %
Tottenham 3-1 Coventry
- 12.04 %
Tottenham 2-0 Coventry
- 8.72 %
|England - FA Cup (FA)||Jan 5, 2013||Tottenham 3 - Coventry 0|
|Dec 7, 2013||Sunderland 1 - Tottenham 2||EPL|
|Dec 4, 2013||Fulham 1 - Tottenham 2||EPL|
|Dec 1, 2013||Tottenham 2 - Man Utd. 2||EPL|
|Nov 28, 2013||Tromsø IL 0 - Tottenham 2||EL|
|Nov 24, 2013||Manchester City FC 6 - Tottenham 0||EPL|
|-||Moussa Sidi Yaya Dembélé||Midfielder|
|-||William Emery Edjenguele||Defender|
The midfielder started his career at Tottenham very slowly, but he has impressed many with recent performances, grabbing a few assists. The Iceland international was close to scoring against Stoke City when Spurs drew 0-0 with Tony Pulis' side, and could get his first home goal for the club on Saturday.
Coventry's top goalscorer has been on sensational form, scoring 18 goals this season. Against an inexperienced Steven Caulker and slower-paced William Gallas, the striker could bolster his goalscoring record for the season as he hopes to send Coventry into the next round of the FA Cup.
The likes of David McGoldrick will certainly be looking to build up their reputations in north London, but ultimately, the firepower of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Emmanuel Adebayor among others should be too much for Coventry to handle.
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