After straight defeats to Arsenal and Manchester United, Tottenham will be hoping to turn their recent form around when they play hosts to League One Stevenage as heavy odds on favourites with Paddy Power for Wednesday’s FA Cup replay.
Spurs were held to a 0-0 draw last month when they travelled to their lower league opposition after a fairly lacklustre performance against Gary Smith’s side.
Following their back-to-back promotions, Stevenage are still in the running to gain access to England’s second tier as they currently sit in seventh position.
The Hertfordshire outfit are just two points off of a playoff spot but have begun to tire in recent performances and have now gone their last four games without a victory.
Stevenage last won at Sheffield Wednesday in mid-February and will undoubtedly go out this week with a ‘nothing-to-lose’ attitude which, on its own, can be a very powerful weapon.
Tottenham have averaged 2.14 goals per game when playing at home this season; a statistic which has been affected badly by their two most recent defeats against Arsenal and United.
The side will be boosted however by the return of Gareth Bale, who should start after recovering from illness, while Harry Redknapp can welcome Scott Parker back into his ranks after the midfielder served a one game ban for picking up a red card against Arsenal.
Ledley King looks a little out of sorts at moment and could be rested, which would be a perfect opportunity to bring William Gallas back in to the fold after the Frenchman missed the last two months with a calf injury.
Rafael Van Der Vaart will not be risked after picking up a knock in the defeat to Manchester United.
On paper, Stevenage look set to exit the competition after going up against their Premier League opponents as the North London outfit have not failed to score in a home game this season.
That being said, The Boro have the second best away defence in League One this campaign, conceding on average just 0.83 goals per game.
It’s this kind of stern defence that has kept Stevenage in the tournament for this long and after a solid performance against Tottenham in February, they will go to London with the intention to keep Spurs out once again.
Redknapp will be expected to field a stronger team than they did in the reverse fixture last month as they seek to find silverware in the 2011-12 campaign.