Stevenage v Tottenham 14:00 Sun
Tottenham will undoubtedly travel to Broadhall Way on Saturday with full knowledge that they are firm odds on favourites with Betfred to win the encounter, but won’t get ahead of themselves as they look to build on an already impressive season.
Harry Redknapp’s third placed side look certain to bag a European qualification spot this season as they hold a ten-point gap over fourth placed Arsenal.
However, this success could prove to be a double-edged sword as their new league targets mean that Redknapp could field a second string side in this tournament fixture, opening up the slightest of gaps for an underdog upset.
Stevenage are now the one of the biggest outsiders to win the competition and, second only to Crawley Town, are the lowest placed club left in the tournament.
The Boro sit in sixth place in League One and go into Saturday’s match on the back of a six-match unbeaten streak, which continued with an impressive win over high flying Sheffield Wednesday midweek.
Gary Smith’s side have had an impressive campaign since gaining promotion from League Two but won’t be relying on statistics in order to advance into the competition’s next stage.
Surprisingly, Stevenage have had more success playing away from Broadhall Way this season than when they’re on home turf but will hope to replicate that away form in front of their own fans this weekend as they throw the kitchen sink at Spurs.
Tottenham are enjoying an unbeaten streak dating back to mid-January and morale will be high withing their camp after last weekend’s 5-0 victory over Newcastle, as once again all the attention has been on boss Harry Redknapp and the England job, and there is no doubt that the Spurs boss will be happy to step out of the spot light for the time being with an FA Cup weekend.
One could be called foolish for backing anyone but Tottenham Hotspur this weekend, however underdog wins of the same magnitude have taken place before.
The Broadhall Way side will have to contain the likes of Gareth Bale, Luca Modric, Jermaine Defoe and Adebayor, although Harry Redknapp is likely to make significant changes as Spurs look to consolidate their Champions League spot in the Premiership.