A quarter-final place versus Swansea City is up for grabs as Tottenham Hotspur face off Rochdale at the home of English football.
Last time out, Steve Davies scored in stoppage time to force a replay. It was thought that Tottenham had the game wrapped up when Harry Kane scored from the spot two minutes from time, but that wasn’t to be.
This time, the home side will be yearning to get the job done over the relegation-threatened side. Though the visitors are currently staring down the barrel of League 2, I feel they could come up with something special. Keyword: *could*.
Tottenham Hotspur come into this fixture having beaten Crystal Palace away, whilst Rochdale are in dire straits, having not won since beating Northampton Town earlier this month.
Both Toby Alderweireld, and Jan Vertonghen will miss this encounter with a hamstring and ankle injuries respectively (both in training).
Dele Alli has no injury worries, but has been warmed about diving and was accused of doing so at Selhurst Park.
The Dale are missing seven players for this match: Calvin Andrew (achilles), Niall Canavan (ankle), Keith Keane (groin), Scott Wiseman (on loan from Chesterfield), Billy Knott (on loan from Lincoln City), Sam Hart (on loan from Blackburn Rovers) and Mihai Dobre (on loan from Bournemouth) came in last month so are cup-tied, so they will be reduced to a spectator role.
The good news is that everyone else is fit, and ready to go. Three youngsters in the form of Daniel Adshead (16), Aaron Morley (18), and Matty Gilliam (19), will be promoted to the first team, having made a handful of appearances during the last couple of seasons.
With Rochdale sitting at the foot of the League One table, I feel they’d much rather have their attention turned to staying up in the league, but that’s not to say they won’t put in a shift against the mighty Tottenham Hotspur. Having said that, it’ll be interesting to see which side Mauricio Pochettino puts out given they host Huddersfield Town and Juventus all in the space of five days.