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Tottenham vs Cardiff (preview)

Cardiff City make the trip to North London for the FA Cup 3rd round replay against Tottenham Hotspur. They travelled to local rivals Arsenal at the 3rd round stage last season and were beaten by two well-worked goals from Frenchman Robert Pires. A 0-0 draw at Ninian Park in front of the Sky Cameras netted Cardiff City a return tie and a welcome financial boost but Spurs are a formidable team to face at home, winning 8 and drawing just one of their Premiership league matches at White Hart Lane this season. In addition, Cardiff City are the only side not to have lost in any Cup competition to Spurs this season as they look well set in the League Cup and UEFA Cup so far.

Both sides have played one home game since the goalless draw with Cardiff going down miserably to bottom Championship club Southend United while Tottenham also lost 2-3 to an Obafemi Martins inspired Newcastle United. The Nigerian striker hitting a memorable striker to equalise before Nicky Butt stole the winner from a Martins cross. The two strikers who started against City 9 days ago, Defoe and Berbatov, were both on the scoresheet for the whites.

Spurs have not won a game since inspirational captain Ledley King was sidelined just after Christmas, the defender will not return against Cardiff but is poised for a recall soon. Nevertheless, his absence gives Cardiff a glimmer of hope after causing some problems for Davenport and Dawson last time out. In fact Cardiff just about shaded the game and has in all likelihood missed their chance to progress. Martin Jol admitted after the game that his side had been pleased with a draw but Spurs will fancy their chances against an out-of-form Cardiff side at White Hart Lane.

There is little pressure on Cardiff in a game they are clearly second favourites to win, they have the quality to cause problems for Tottenham but could desperately use an early goal to settle them, or a late goal to snatch it. If the game becomes open, surely Spurs have the extra quality to see off the Bluebirds. Recent signings Jason Byrne, Peter Whittingham and James Simmonds on loan from Chelsea will have boosted squad morale this week and the added competition may inspire some flagging players to raise their game.

We look forward to the game and tentatively anticipate a close encounter between two good footballing sides, C`mon the Bluebirds!!!




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Writer: Bluebirdshroom Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 16 2007

Time: 11:38AM

Your Comments

sorry but I think you are going to get a hammering!
dannispur
Hope we start the way we did against Newcastle and go on to give them a proper hammering!
Gavaldinho
I hope you start the way you did against Newcastle and then finish the way you did against Newcastle!!! Hahaha. Cardiff as a true Gooner I hope you embarrass them as much as they embarrassed themselves on Sunday!!!
scooch
Heard it all before spurs fans. We wer gonna get a hemmerin last time out!
Bonesy
The only consistent trait of tottnham Hotspur FC is that they are perennial under-achievers who talk a much better game than they play. A mouthy lot at the best of times, they have very little to back up their big-talking and big-spending.
Aderyn las
Hahaha it's great to see that the Spurts are known for what they are to everyone and not just us!!!
scooch
I actually dislike a lot of gooners, they were pretty cocky a year or so back - but at least they had good reason. Spurs fans live in a dreamland.
Aderyn las
To be honest when you can go on a 49 game unbeaten run, reach CL final and play the kind of football we do you really have the right to be cocky. But I'm not on here to say how good we are. I'm here to say I'll be routing for you guys!!!
scooch
This is the Premier League. Talk about "just shading it" and needing an "early goal to settle" or a "late goal to steal it" or whatever is for daydreamers and wishful thinkers and people who belong where they are, in the lower divisions. Its understandable that you lot are so chuffed with getting a goalless draw in the Welsh mud and almost scoring against us from a defensive error, but your excitement is getting a little tiresome. For that we will be dispatching you from WHL with your tails between your sweaty legs and memories of a great Premier League stadium and the bright lights of the big city. We accept that this is a big game for you lot, but for us it's all a bit of a nuisance, really, just something we've got to get through before we start meeting the big clubs in the later rounds. We always seem to concede these days, so I predict a completely forgettable 4-1 victory to Spurs.
Shannon
Um. Big game? not bothered really. There were queues round the corner for tickets against Championship clubs and Arsenal this year. I actually mistook the Spurs tickets queue for match day sales on Saturday!! About 20 people outside ticket office. Big game - bollox. Optimism? rubbish - we dont think we're going to win. Spurs 0-0 we were diappointed as we were better side and didnt score but Welsh mud?!? I think you'll struggle to find better pitches anywhere at the moment, it was immaculate.
Aderyn las
Shannon, surely if it was just a nuisance then you should've won the first time round??? At least IF you win you can start getting back to your old losing ways against teams in a higher division. Personally I don't think you will win!!!
scooch
And don't forget that Keane, King, Jenas, Mido and Lennon were all ruled out of the starting line-up by injury. Apology about the "mud" jibe, just meant to say it was raining really hard for most of the game. Scooch, "personally" I don't give a flying what you think, your turn will come in the Carling Cup. Please get in line.
Shannon
Ah rain - there's no denying that ! Although i don't think a few players being out (2 were on the bench) should be an excuse. We were missing players to and Spurs' replacements should be comparitively better than Cardiff's.
Aderyn las
just a random fact but jason byrne and robbie keane are cousins.
THFC Keano
Spurs' replacements should be comparitively better than Cardiff's. . How wrong can one guy be? :-)
northwilts
 

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