Tottenham will travel to Elland Road to play Leeds United in the 4th Round of the FA Cup on Sunday, 27th January. Leeds recovered from being a goal down at half-time in the 3rd Round Replay against Birmingham City at St. Andrews. They scored twice in six minutes to secure the home tie against Spurs.
Leeds and Birmingham had drawn 1 – 1 in the first match with Leeds again coming back to equalise in the second half. El Hadji-Diouf scored the winner from a penalty which he chipped over the goalkeeper and had been involved in the equaliser six minutes earlier when he set up Ross McCormack.
Leeds Cup Record
Leeds have an excellent home record in this season’s Cup competitions under manager Neil Warnock. They defeated Everton and Southampton in the Capital One Cup before losing 5 – 1 to Chelsea in the quarter-finals. They are currently in 11th place in the Championship but are only 5 points away from a play-off spot. They lost 2 – 0 at Barnsley last weekend.
Spurs and Leeds last met in the FA Cup in 2010 in the 4th Round. That year, Leeds had defeated Manchesater United at Old Trafford in the 3rd Round and held Spurs to a 2 – 2 draw at White Hart Lane. In the replay at Elland Road, Jermain Defoe scored a hat-trick as Spurs secured a 3 – 1 win.
Leeds will relish the opportunity of another match against Premier League opposition and will fancy their chances of creating another upset. Having defeated Coventry City in the previous round, Andre Villas-Boas will be well aware of the threat posed by Leeds and he will take no chances in what will be a difficult match. His team selection will be as if it were a Premier League side that Tottenham were facing with no opportunity to rest players on this occasion.