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Stuart Dalgleish 2nd Feb 2010 - 18:18

Will Leeds be Marching On to the 5th round?

Leeds United's famous old anthem Marching On Together was ringing around a shell-shocked White Hart Lane a week ago last Saturday as Jermaine Beckford scored a 96th minute penalty to earn a 2-2 draw for the Yorkshire outfit.

Now the sides move to Elland Road for what should be another fantastic FA Cup match.

The Whites are doing their best to keep the magic of the cup alive this season after already seeing off Premier League champions Manchester United in their own backyard, and will be keen to put on another big performance in front of a sell-out crowd.

Thankfully for United they've finally managed to get back to winning ways after defeating Colchester United in League 1 at the weekend, previous to that they had gone five games without a victory since their shock win at Old Trafford, the win will have put a few Leeds fans minds at rest as they were beginning to think their cup runs were going to derail their main aim of promotion this season.

That victory over Colchester was their 25th successive league match at Elland Road without defeat, a stat that is sure to impress Harry Redknapp who knows that he can't just turn up and expect an easy ride in West Yorkshire.

An easy ride is what it could have been in London though if Jermain Defoe would've put away some of the several chances that fell his way, including of course the penalty that Leeds keeper Casper Ankergren saved, one of many shots that the big Dane stopped in the first 20 minutes or so of the match to keep the visitors in it.

After the early pressure that Leeds withstood though they more than held their own and caused Tottenham some problems, Beckford as usual the chief attacking threat.

If the controversial striker can get Leeds off to the perfect start with the opening goal (7/1) then the Whites could look great value at 10/3 to win in 90 minutes (2/1 to qualify), the draw and extra time that would come with it is 5/2 while Spurs are 5/6 shots to win in normal time and 4/11 to qualify by any means.

Simon Grayson will have a few selection problems though, as his star defender Patrick Kisnorbo and midfield pass-master Neil Kilkenny could both miss out after the pair suffered knocks against Swindon Town.

Two new loan signings Gary McSheffrey, who impressed on his debut, and Shane Lowry are both unable to play as they weren't at Leeds for the first game, Max Gradel is unavailable for the same reason as he's only just joined on a full time basis following a loan spell from Leicester City.

Tottenham boss Redknapp also has a few issues to deal with as Robbie Keane is now on loan at Celtic and his replacement Eidur Gudjohnsen can't play as he, like the Leeds trio, wasn't registered for the original tie so can't feature in the replay.

Roman Pavlyuchenko, who must have thought he scored the winner when he struck with 15 minutes left of the original match, is doubtful with a groin injury, Aaron Lennon (groin) will miss out on a first return to Elland Road as he and Benoit Assou-Ekotto (hip) are injured, Ledley King's fragile body won't be risked as he played two matches in five days, Younes Kaboul and Kyle Walker are both cup-tied.

Since the turn of the year only three different players have scored for Leeds, that man Beckford has of course got the majority of them with Jonny Howson (20/1 to get the first goal) and Jason Crow (50/1) both getting one apiece, midfield man Howson also scored United's first goal of this cup run at Oldham.

Defoe leads the goal charts for Spurs this year and is the obvious choice for the visitors to score first (7/2), but the England man has only scored once in his last five games though so maybe Peter Crouch with four in his last eight outings, including the opener in the original game, could be better value at 9/2 to grab the first of the match.

It's sure to be another cracking cup tie, make sure you choose William Hill as the place to be for live betting as our In-Play service will offer you a huge range of markets to bet on once the action gets underway.

 

 
 
 

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