Saturday, August 19, 2017

Prediction: Tottenham vs Millwall

Verdict: Spurs/Spurs

Best Odds: 1/2

Bookmaker: bet365

After climbing back to second position in the Premier League standings, Tottenham Hotspur turn their attention towards the FA Cup clash against local rivals Millwall. The Lions are again enjoying a very good FA Cup run and they head to White Hart Lane hoping to claim another major scalp. 

Tottenham

Up until few weeks ago, Spurs were performing well in three major competitions, although they have since suffered a disappointing exit from the Europa League. That could easily prove a blessing in disguise considering that Tottenham can now focus on the Premier League and FA Cup, where they stand a decent chance of matching pre-season ambitions. Spurs recovered well from the aggregate defeat to KAA Gent as they went on to record back to back wins over Stoke City and Everton. With Manchester City failing to win the rearranged match against Stoke City, Tottenham remained in the second place, ten points behind leaders Chelsea and six clear of fifth-placed Arsenal. This is enough to suggest that we will witness a very interesting end of the campaign in English Premier League, but Spurs will first attempt to secure their place in the FA Cup semi-finals. After easing off to a 3-0 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage, Mauricio Pochettino’s men should have an even easier task this time out as they will be up against League One side Millwalll.

Team News

Mauricio Pochettino is widely expected to ring changes to his starting line-up, with Christian Eriksen, Moussa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen all set to be rested. 

Millwall 

Millwall haven’t enjoyed too much success in the league of late, as they have been balancing between the Championship and League One during the last decade, getting relegated again to the third tier in 2015. However, the Lions have somehow managed to impress in the FA Cup and here they are again in the final stages. Millwall qualified for the UEFA Cup by reaching the FA Cup final in 2004, while they made it to the semis in 2013. The Lions have this year eliminated three Premier League sides on the road to the last eight, with AFC Bournemouth, Watford and Leicester City all taking the fall at The Den. However, Millwall now travel to White Hart Lane where they will be facing in-form Spurs, and we have a feeling their successful Cup run will come to an end this weekend. It has to be noted though that the Lions are unbeaten in last 17 matches on all fronts, conceding just one goal in last ten appearances, but both of those runs will be put to a serious test in North London.

Team News

First choice goalkeeper Jordan Archer looks unlikely to recover from a groin injury, with Tom King ready to deputise if needed. 

Key Factors to Consider

  • Spurs won 7 of last 8 matches vs Millwall (D1)
  • The Lions knocked out three Premier League sides already
  • Millwall are unbeaten in last 17 matches (W11 D6)
  • The Lions conceded just one goal in last 10
  • Spurs won 12 of last 13 home games

Conclusion

Even though Mauricio Pochettino plans to rest some of his starters, we fully expect Tottenham to dominate the encounter from start to finish and record a comfortable triumph. Millwall have been on fire of late, but winning at White Hart Lane is likely to prove a tall order. 

Verdict: Spurs/Spurs

Best Odds: 1/2

Bookmaker: bet365

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