The final FA Cup Fourth Round replay takes place Wednesday afternoon as Wembley Stadium plays host to Tottenham against League Two’s Newport County.
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With the North London Derby on the horizon, Mauricio Pochettino has decided to rest some of his starters, opting to bring Fernando Llorente, Danny Rose and Juan Foythe into the lineup. Toby Alderweireld also makes his return to the Spurs starting lineup for the first time since December, when he was injured in a UEFA Champions League match against Real Madrid.
Video Assistant Replay is in effect at Wembley Stadium, which could change the outcome of the game if there is a clear and obvious error made by the match officials, so that’s one more thing to keep an eye on.
After holding Tottenham to a 1-1 draw in the fourth round proper, could Newport County shock Great Britain and advance to the fifth round?
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The weekend’s marquee match sees Tottenham Hotspur going for a season sweep of Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com).
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Gabriel Jesus could make his Manchester City debut, beginning the day among Pep Guardiola‘s substitutes.
On the other side, Eric Dier moves into the middle with Toby Alderweireld in the absence of Jan Vertonghen. Kevin Wimmer slots in as well.
Manchester City: Bravo, Zabaleta (C), Otamendi, Kolarov. Clichy, Yaya, Silva, De Bruyne, Sane. Sterling, Aguero. Subs: Caballero, Kompany, Fernando, Nolito, Delph, Stones, G. Jesus.
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris (C), Walker, Dier, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Rose, Wanyama, Dembele, Eriksen, Dele, Kane. Subs: Vorm, Trippier, Davies, Carter-Vickers, Winks, Sissoko, Son.
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Dele Alli finally found a way past Ben Foster, and Tottenham Hotspur managed a point at the Hawthorns in a 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
Ex-Spurs man Nacer Chadli put Tony Pulis‘ men in front in the 82nd minute, but the lead didn’t make it to the 90th minute.
The point means Spurs sit one point back of both Arsenal and Man City for the Premier League lead, while West Brom is 10th with 10 points.
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The story of the first half was Spurs’ inability to get a ball behind West Brom keeper Ben Foster.
Tottenham dominated the frame with most of the possession and five corner kicks, but Foster was particularly strong against Christian Eriksen as the Baggies hit the half at 0-0.
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West Brom was a bit brighter at times in the second half, but then a long pause saw Toby Alderweireld stretchered off the pitch was a leg injury. How would both teams respond to the near five-minute break?
About the same. The Baggies broke through when James McClean hit the post and Spurs entire defense took a nap, allowing Chadli to score. Chadli, if you’re wondering, did not celebrate his goal.
But Alli’s 89th minute finish of a tidy pass from Christian Eriksen allowed Spurs to snare a point.
Foster made an amazing save in stoppage time to highlight his Man of the Match performance.
Well, that’s more like it, isn’t it Spurs supporters?
Tottenham Hotspur looked up to the task of a title race, throttling Stoke City 4-0 on Saturday at the Britannia Stadium.
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“I’m very pleased,” said Mauricio Pochettino. “What was most important that we start a very difficult run of seven games in 20 matches with a win. It was the perfect result for us.”
Harry Kane finally broke into the goal column in his fourth Premier League game of the season, while Heung-Min Son and Christian Eriksen also notched goals.
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“It is not an easy place to come but to win 4-0 here last year and today made it look easier than it is. I don’t think we started that well but then we punished them when we needed to.”
Spurs are fourth for the moment, with eight points. Next up is Monaco on Wednesday in the UEFA Champions League before a Sept. 18 versus Sunderland, both at White Hart Lane.
Unlike fans in multiple Premier League cities, Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino wasn’t sweating the arrival of Moussa Sissoko on transfer deadline day.
Pochettino was instead relaxing in Spain, but he sure is happy to add a player of Sissoko’s caliber. Mostly, it seems, for what it means to Spurs’ depth.
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With UEFA Champions League football to go with its Premier League slate and Cup requirements, Spurs have a lot of opportunities to showcase Sissoko’s versatility.
“He’s a player that can help us a lot. The EURO was fantastic. He’s a player that can bring experience. He’s fast, strong, a lot of different possibilities to play. You know when you play a lot of different competitions, you need to keep your level.”
Sissoko is a gifted player who can dominate matches with the proper motivation. Tottenham beat Everton to his signature after both teams saw $39 million bids accepted by Newcastle United.