Stevenage will be hoping to produce one of the most famous FA Cup performances of all time when they host Tottenham in the fifth round on Sunday lunch-time.
The League One club will be putting their promotion ambitions to one side for the weekend as they take part in arguably the biggest match in their history.
When the draw was made, Stevenage couldn’t have hoped for a better tie and they will now look to do themselves justice against Premier League high-flyers Tottenham.
They will no doubt be encouraged by their recent form though. Gary Smith’s men have lost only once in 2012, although they have only played once in February so far after three games in succession fell victim to the cold weather.
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This single February encounter was a fantastic 1-0 victory at Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday though, so they will be in excellent spirits going into this weekend.
As for Tottenham, well their quality is well known by every football fan across the country. They have played some breathtaking stuff this season and have a playing squad filled with international players.
Harry Redknapp’s men will have genuine ambitions to win the FA Cup this year too. The Premier League title may be just beyond them and with this in mind, the FA Cup presents the only chance of silverware this season.
This is why Spurs will be taking this weekend’s trip to Stevenage extremely seriously. They will know how motivated their hosts will be and will aim for a professional performance to progress to the quarter-finals.
Spurs secured a 1-0 victory at Watford in the last round and a similar result would be more than adequate for them, although they would ideally have a slightly more comfortable afternoon.
Looking at the team news for this fascinating FA Cup clash, Stevenage are blessed with the fact that they have no fresh injury concerns, while Tottenham could hand a start to Jermaine Defoe after he came off the bench against Newcastle last weekend.
Overall, Tottenham are overwhelming favourites to get the victory in this one, but there is a special feeling about this fixture and it has all the ingredients to be a FA Cup classic.