Newport v Tottenham Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
January 23, 2018
Rodney Parade - FA Cup
Newport County look to continue their impressive FA Cup run on Saturday, hosting Tottenham in a fourth round clash at Rodney Parade. Spurs have been equally impressive in the cup, having demolished AFC Wimbledon in the last round.
There is not a lot of history between these two sides, but of their four meetings, Tottenham have won every single one. The most recent clash took place over 50 years ago, in another FA Cup fixture, which was won thanks to goals from Danny Blanchflower, Les Dixon and Bobby Smith.
Newport manager Michael Flynn doesn't have many injuries worries to deal with in the run up to this fixture, but may have to be without his Captain, Joss Labadie, who missed the mid-week fixture against Morcambe. The skipper's fellow midfielder Matty Dolan also was forced to sit the game out, joining Sean Rigg and Marlon Jackson on the sidelines.
Maurizio Pochettino has a bit of a defensive crisis on his hands with Serge Aurier joining Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose on the injury list. After Davinson Sanchez's own goal on Sunday, the manager may be tempted to pull Eric Dier back into defence, but will be without Harry Winks to take his place in central midfield, following an ankle injury.
Newport v Tottenham Predictions and Previews
Newport's win over Leeds United in the third round of the cup was one of the bigger shocks of the tournament so far.
Aside from the 53 league places between the sides, the what was most striking about the victory, was the fact that Newport went toe to toe with their rivals, matching them for shots on target as well as possession. This was no park-the-bus in the hope of a lucky goal performance, but a well earned win. The Exiles followed this up with two consecutive league wins and will be going into Saturday's game high on confidence.
Against Tottenham however, Flynn is likely to come up against a very different proposition. In recent weeks Tottenham have returned to their top form, with Harry Kane, who is 2/5 to score this weekend, back to his best. With the greatest of respect to Leeds, attempting the same tactics against Spurs would in all likelihood end badly for Newport.
Instead, Tottenham are likely to face resolute and hard working defence, which, in the past few months, they have shown to struggle without, especially when resting Kane. This is not to say, of course, that the England striker won't start, and he did against Wimbledon, however, with the welcome return of Champions League football approaching, Pochettino will be wary of overplaying his stars.
Even if the manager decides to field a completely second string team in Wales, Spurs should be strong enough to overcome Newport, although stranger things have happened.
Tottenham to win 3-0 at 6/1
Spurs will be out to attack for much of the game, and their weakened defence shouldn't see much action.
Fernando Llorente to score first at 3/1
The Spanish forward doesn't get much game-time and will be looking to impress if he gets a start on Saturday.