After Surviving a Scare, Tottenham Have Look of FA Cup Contenders
A touch of fortune is often required if you are to go all the way in the FA Cup, and Tottenham Hotspur had that at Newport County a couple of weeks ago.
On a heavy pitch at Rodney Parade, the Premier League big boys were brought down to the League Two side’s level and Mauricio Pochettino’s men required a late Harry Kane equaliser to force a replay.
Back at the their temporary home of Wembley, the wide-open spaces will sap the legs of the lower-league side and a Spurs win is as close to a racing certainty as there is. 188BET have Tottenham priced up at 1.10, with Newport at 21.0 and the draw 10.5.
We’d need to invest a huge amount to win a little, so we’re not advocating that, but Spurs have the look of a side capable of going all the way and snapping their trophy-less run which dates back to 2008.
Pochettino has already shown that he is taking the competition extremely seriously by playing star man Kane from the start in the draw at Newport and win over AFC Wimbledon in the previous round.
Kane, who racked up his 100th Premier League goal in the draw with Liverpool at the weekend, may get a rest on Wednesday night – but he will be integral to their overall challenge.
Provided they do not slip up against Newport, they will travel to Rochdale next, an eminently winnable game against a side from further down the football pyramid.
With Arsenal and Liverpool having fallen by the wayside, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United are the biggest dangers to Spurs.
Runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City are FA Cup favourites with 188BET at 3.25, while Chelsea and Manchester United can be backed 4.50. Tottenham are the outsiders of the quartet at 6.00 and that makes them an intriguing bet.
City’s focus is on the league, and with Chelsea completely out of form and in disarray, the Blues look a side to avoid.
Jose Mourinho lifted two trophies in his first campaign at United and with the league seemingly heading to City, he will have an eye on FA Cup glory. But Tottenham should not fear the Red Devils having convincingly beaten them at the back end of January.
Strong cases can be made for backing any of the top four in the market, but with Spurs being the biggest price and with their manager eager to go all the way, they look a decent play. Just don’t slip up at home to Newport, you Spurs.
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