After a thrilling draw at Anfield over the weekend, Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham will turn their attention to Newport County when they meet the Exiles in their FA Cup fourth round replay on Wednesday night. Spurs turned in a scrappy display in the first leg at Rodney Parade and were saved embarrassment by Harry Kane’s late equaliser that took the tie to a replay.
Kane also scored a late penalty deep into second half stoppage time against Liverpool after Virgil van Dijk was ruled to have fouled substitute Erik Lamela. The spot kick was his 100th Premier League goal and made him the second fastest to the landmark after Alan Shearer.
Spurs started off the Liverpool game poorly, with a terrible backpass from Eric Dier gifting Mo Salah the opener on a plate in the third minute. They improved as the first half progressed but went into the interval a goal down. With time running out in the second half for the Lilywhites, Pochettino sent on Victor Wanyama, and the Kenyan made an instant impact, smashing one past Karius to bring Spurs level. That seemed to change the course of the game, and Liverpool, having replaced midfield engines Henderson and Milner with Wijnaldum and Matip respectively, were forced to dig deep. Spurs’ pressure told on them eventually in the form of a penalty after Karius had brought down Kane, but the German atoned for his mistake by saving the spot kick.
Another individual piece of brilliance from Mo Salah seemed to have won the game for Liverpool but there was one final twist in the game, with linesman Ed Smart convincing Jon Moss to give the late penalty for Van Dijk’s foul. Kane was not to be denied a second time from the spot, and Spurs left Anfield the happier team.
The Cup is effectively Spurs’ best chance of silverware and Poch is expected to send out a reasonably strong side to do the business. He will also have one eye on the upcoming North London derby this weekend. A look at BettingTop10 shows Spurs are hot favourites to win this game, and perhaps rightly so, given the depth in their side, following the winter acquisition of Lucas Moura from PSG.
County have not been in good form since the draw against Spurs at Rodney Parade. That encouraging result has been followed by two disappointing ones, with the club losing League Two ties away at Colchester and Lincoln to drop to 11th in the table.
The winner of this game will take on the winner of the Millwall/Rochdale fixture in the fifth round.
Tottenham Hotspur v Newport County kicks off at 19.45 UK on 5 February, 2018.