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Spurs Odyssey FA Cup Rd 3 replay preview - Leicester v Spurs, 20.01.16

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13-14 1  A   5-5  Bliss 2 Middlemiss Minter Cantrell
      1R H   2-0  Bliss Walden (as Leicester Fosse)
27-28 5  A   3-0  O'Callaghan 2 Dimmock
47-48 5  H   5-2  Duquemin 3 Cox 2
56-57 3  H   2-0  Blanchflower Robb
57-58 3  H   4-0  Smith 2 Stokes Medwin
60-61 F  W   2-0  R Smith Dyson
73-74 3  A   0-1
81-82 SF VP  2-0  Crooks, Wilson o.g
05-06 3  A   2-3  Jenas, Stalteri
14-15 4  H   1-2  Townsend (pen)
15-16 3  H   2-2  Eriksen, Kane (pen)

League Cup

98-99 F  W   1-0  Nielsen

Back to see the "Happy Clappers"

Back to back games against Leicester last week have led to a spell of four games in which "The Foxes" have been our opponents three times. The last time I can remember such a phenomenon was when we played Wimbledon in three consecutive games in January 1999. George Graham was the manager, and two of the games were 0-0 draws. We actually played "The Dons" five times in eight games, meeting them in both league and FA Cup ties. We made progress in each case, and actually met (and beat) Leicester in the Worthington Cup Final. This time, after scraping a draw in the first game, thanks to Harry Kane's penalty, we're off to The King Power Stadium for the second time this season. (Three of Harry Kane's last four goals have been from the penalty spot.)

The last time we visited Leicester was for the third game of the season. Leicester had won their first two games (at home to Sunderland, then away to West Ham), whilst we were still looking for our first win, having lost at Old Trafford and drawn at home to Stoke. Dele Alli gave us an 81st minute lead with his determined brave diving header, only to see Riyad Mahrez equalise within a minute. Another result like that after 90 minutes will lead to extra-time and perhaps the dreaded penalties. They might have to hold that chartered train at the railway station for a while!

Leicester have certainly done their best to attract a big crowd with their cheap ticket policy. Many tickets were advertised at 10, but Spurs tickets are 12. That's still a snip in today's market. The Spurs allocation has sold out, and our club did go out of their way to organise a chartered train.

The headline refers to "Happy Clappers", because Leicester do issue home fans with those corrugated cardboard fan-shaped items which create great crowd noise. I think the first time I encountered this device (much safer than the old wooden rattles!)was when we visited Braga in March 2007. Mind you, Leicester fans have needed no encouragement to enthuse over their team since last April!

Both teams have important Premier League games to plan for, which both kick off at 3pm on Saturday. Once again, I am sure we will see teams representing the selection of those who played in the first cup game rather than those who played in the Premier League last week. Leicester struggled a little bit at Villa Park on Saturday, only managing a draw. One of their star players - Mahrez - failed from the pealty spot for the second successive time, and Jamie Vardy also drew a blank, although Okazaki's close range goal resulted from a Vardy lob. It was frustrating to see Robert Huth, who scored Leicester's winner at The Lane last Wednesday having a less than convincing game at Villa Park, where he was lucky not to concede a penalty.

There is no change to the Spurs team news from Saturday. Were the absences on Saturday of Kyle Walker and Ben Davies clues to tonight's team selection? Walker was rested completely, and has yet to play in any game other than a Premier League match for Spurs this season. Trippier's first Premier League start for Tottenham was at Watford on December 28th. The Sunderland game was only his second such start. If Walker starts tonight, it will be interesting to see who gets the nod on Saturday at Selhurst Park.

I personally do not see Dembele starting tonight, and I think Tom Carroll will return. We'll all know the line-up later. Josh Onomah is going to be involved, but the starting line-up is anybody's guess. I'll be honest. I'd like to see us play as strong a team as possible, including Hugo Lloris in goal. I am not over confident about the result, but of course, I hope we get the win and a trip to Colchester for the Fourth Round. I hate going out of the FA Cup at any time, but when the draw for the next round is virtually a free ride to the fifth round, defeat hurts even more.

Our match referee is Anthony Taylor - last seen refereeing a Spurs game at Watford on 28th December, and in our 4-1 home win against West Ham in November. Those games didn't go too badly for us, did they? Best not mention last season's Capital One Cup Final defeat though.

Tonight's match is being shown live on BBC 1. Let's hope we make it worth watching!

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