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Nic Ladds 22nd Jan 2010 - 19:40

Which White will win?

Tottenham (2/7) sit fourth in the Premier League table after an impressive season under Harry Redknapp with the long-term goal of breaking in to the top four finally looking possible. Leeds (9/1) are doing equally as well, albeit in League One sitting three points clear with a game in hand, but you would expect the Premier quality of Tottenham to prevail and pick up an easy passage to the next round.

Spurs had an easy passage to the fourth round thrashing Peterborough 4-0 at White Hart Lane and will look at this match as a good confidence booster for the league after a poor performance away at Liverpool midweek.

Leeds needed a replay to get past lowly Kettering in the second round and although claiming an impressive scalp with a massive victory over rivals Man United in the third round - I think another victory is a big ask here and expect Tottenham to breeze past Leeds.

Looking at the team news, Tottenham will look towards ex-Leeds boy Robbie Keane to replicate the last time these two met by bagging a goal (7/2 first) but Aaron Lennon will miss the tie through injury. Spurs might look towards some of the fringe players like David Bentley to shine (10/3 to score anytime) to stake their place in the team.

Leeds boss Simon Grayson has no major injury worries and is expected to name a full strength side. The obvious name to mention is that of free-scoring striker Jermaine Beckford after his heroic performance against Man United he is 7/1 to score first or last or 2/1 to bag one at any point. Likely to partner him upfront is Luciano Becchio (9/1 first, 10/3 anytime) and the hard-working striker will be key for Leeds as linking up the play from midfield to Beckford is vital if they are to score.

Historically it doesn't look too bright for Leeds, with the past three FA cup ties at White Hart Lane ending in victories for Spurs and arguably their squad is as good as it has ever been. To get a better price on Spurs, the handicap market is where the value lies with -1 at 4/5 looking good. Tottenham haven't conceded at home for nearly 450 minutes, so for them to win to nil at 5/6 looks good and this is where my money will be going.

Leeds have not won in the league since beating Man Utd, therefore confidence won't be high coming in to the match, the best they can hope for is parking the proverbial bus in front of the goal and hoping for a replay - the draws of 0-0 and 1-1 look most likely at 14/1 and 15/2 respectively.

My tip here is Tottenham to win 3-0 at 6/1 and to cover my bets --2 handicap at 21/10, as i think they will march on to the next round.

As Tottenham try to avoid getting their name on Leeds' giant killing list you can try your luck at any one of our 175 plus pre-match betting markets or 30 plus Live In-Play markets. So if Spurs are struggling to batter down the Whites' defensive wall or you think Jermaine Beckford will once again further his reputation, you're sure to find a bet to take your fancy.




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