Tottenham Hotspur vs Coventry City

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(HT 3 - 0)

C. Dempsey 14', 37'
G. Bale 33'

FA Cup Preview: Tottenham - Coventry City

By Matt Davis
Jan 4, 2013 7:30:00 AM
Spurs will look to kick off their campaign in style after suffering semifinal disappointment last season, facing a League One team that defeated them in the 1987 final.


Walker, Gallas, Caulker, Naughton
Huddlestone, Parker 
Falque, Sigurdsson,Townsend,

Christie, Wood, Edjenguele, Adams
 Baker, Fleck, Jennings, Moussa
McGoldrick, McSheffrey

Andre Villas-Boas could give Scott Parker his first start since coming back from injury, but the FA Cup clash might come too soon for Benoit Assou-Ekotto, who is lacking match fitness.

Tottenham's big stars may be rested, giving the likes of Parker, Andros Townsend, Tom Huddlestone and Yago Falque a chance to impress. American goalkeeper Brad Friedel could be set to make his return to the Tottenham lineup, making his first start since signing a new contract at the club, one that will keep him at White Hart Lane until 2014.

The Sky Blues come into the game following their first defeat in 10 games, losing 1-0 on New Year's Day to Shrewsbury and will undoubtedly be going all out against Tottenham, making amends for last year's exit in the third round of the FA Cup.

Despite starting 2013 with a defeat, it is unlikely Mark Robins will make any changes to the lineup, with his team keeping an impressive eight clean sheets so far this season.

  • Tottenham reached the semifinal of the FA Cup last year, losing 5-1 to Chelsea, who eventually went on to lift the trophy.
  • Coventry beat Tottenham in the 1987 FA Cup final, grabbing a winner in extra time in a 3-2 thriller.
  • Steve Ogrizovic, who played more than 500 times for the Sky Blues and was the goalkeeper in the 1987 FA Cup final, remains at the club as goalkeeping coach.
  • Tottenham has won the FA Cup eight times, the most recent being in 1991.
  • Coventry boss Mark Robins won the FA Cup once as a player, with Manchester United in 1990.
  • Tottenham has not conceded this season when Scott Parker (pictured) has been on the field.
  • Spurs have conceded only two goals in their last five Premier League games.
  • David McGoldrick is Coventry's top goalscorer so far this season, scoring 18 times.