Tottenham having defeated League One side Coventry City in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup will face an away tie against Championship side Leeds United or Birmingham City in the 4th Round.
Leeds and Birmingham drew 1 – 1 at Elland Road as Leeds recovered from conceding a first half goal from Wade Elliott to equalise on the hour through Luciano Becchio. Leeds are currently 8th in the Championship, two points away from a play-off spot, while Birmingham are languishing in 20th place, only three points above the relegation zone.
Leeds United will revive memories for Aaron Lennon who started his football career with the club before joining Tottenham in 2005 as an 18 year old. The draw will also remind Jermain Defoe of a hat-trick he scored at Elland Road in 2010, on the last occasion that the two clubs met. They had drawn at 2 – 2 at White Hart Lane in the 4th Round but Spurs progressed to the next Round with a 3 – 1 success in the replay.
Leeds have had a good Cup record this season under Neil Warnock progressing to the 5th Round of the Capital One Cup with home wins over Oxford United, Shrewsbury, Everton and Southampton. They went out to Chelsea, losing 5 – 1 at Elland Road.Birmingham City
Birmingham City will recall that it was the result at White Hart Lane on the last day of the season in May, 2011, combined with results elsewhere that saw them relegated from the Premier League. A last minute Roman Pavlyuchenko goal gave Tottenham a 2 – 1 win after a second half equaliser from Gardiner with ten minutes to play, appeared to have made City safe.
The last occasion that the two clubs meeting the FA Cup was a 5th Round game at White Hart Lane in February, 1980 which Spurs won 3 – 1 with goals from Chris Armstrong and Glenn Hoddle (2), including a penalty. Spurs last played at St. Andrews in the FA Cup in the 6th Round in 1967. The match ended scoreless but Spurs won the replay 6 – 0 and went on to win the Cup defeating Chelsea in the Final.
Birmingham had a 5 – 1 home win over Barnet in the Capital One Cup before losing 3 – 2 at Coventry in the 2nd Round.
The draw has given both Leeds and Birmingham a great incentive to progress to the next round. Whoever wins will be a tough test for Tottenham and will require their full commitment if the dream of another FA Cup win for Tottenham is to be fulfilled this season.