The last time Tottenham Hotspur faced the current FA Cup holders, within the tournament competition itself, at home, was 72 years ago. It did not go well, as they lost 3-0 to Newcastle United. Will history repeat against the juggernaut that is Manchester City?
Call me crazy, but I just have a good feeling about Spurs in this one, and it is hard to explain why.
FA Cup Fourth Round FYIs
Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur
Kickoff: Fri. Jan. 26, 8pm, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, UK
Starting XI Predictions: Manchester City Tottenham Hotspur
Fun Fact: this will be the first time Tottenham have faced the current FA Cup holders, in the competition itself, at home since 1952.
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Maybe it is because City may not have Erling Haaland back for this clash. Or if he is ready to play, he’ll just be eased back into their rotation, and not full go at this point. Or it’s because we’ve already seen City get upset and thus knocked out of a domestic cup competition in an early round, this season.
Will it happen again? We think this is the winning hand for Ange Postecoglu to play, in terms of trying to make that happen.
Tottenham Hotspur Starting XI Prediction vs Man City (FA Cup)
Guglielmo Vicario; Pedro Porro, Cristian Romero, Micky van de Ven, Destiny Udogie; Pierre Emile-Hojbjerg, Oliver Skipp, Rodrigo Bentancur; Brennan Johnson, Richarlison; Timo Werner
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