Clint Dempsey celebrates his equaliser against Manchester United last week—Image courtesy of www.skysports.com
This match should be a blood and guts affair.
A typical English FA Cup tie between two great sides.
Leeds might not be the force they once were, but as one of England’s traditional “big” sides, there will be a fantastic atmosphere when Tottenham travel north on Sunday.
Neil Warnock is like marmite: you either love him or hate him.
He’s one of those polarising figures in football.
Someone that you’d love to have in charge of your team, but you’d hate to be playing against his side because of the passion and commitment that he brings to the table.
Sunday will be a test for Leeds.
They have aspirations of making the Championship playoffs this season, and outside of the two Manchester clubs or Chelsea, there’s no bigger test for them in terms of a Premier League opponent.
Warnock’s side will be well-drilled and disciplined, but they’re capable of causing problems too.
Luciano Becchio and Ross McCormack are two players Tottenham will need to keep quiet if they’re to have things their own way this weekend.
We all know the threat that Tottenham possess.
The likes of Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon, Moussa Dembele and Jermain Defoe are capable of making the best defences in the Premier League look amateur, so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Leeds struggle to cope with them during the match.
Another Tottenham player who seems to have come in to his own in the last few weeks is Clint Dempsey.
The American has had a tough start to life at White Hart Lane.
For some reason, he struggled for form just after his move, but there are signs he’s getting back to his best, and his goal last weekend against Manchester United proved that.
Yes, you can point the finger at the defensive mistake that led to the goal, but Dempsey still had to be in the right place at the right time and put the ball in the net.
His recent performances will do his confidence a lot of good and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see his name on the scoresheet again this time around.
This one will be close, but the Londoners should travel back south safely in the next round.
Prediction: Tottenham win