The FA Cup title still is a pending task for Tottenham. The Spurs will have an easy matchup against Colchester this Saturday, January 30, when they meet at the Weston Homes Community Stadium, at 12:45, in the fourth round of the oldest tournament in football.
It has been 25 years since Tottenham got to an FA Cup final, and despite they are the third most winningest team in the tournament, things haven’t been great for them over the last two decades.
For the Spurs, the FA Cup should be a great opportunity to assemble the project around manager Mauricio Pochettino. It should be a trophy worth pursuing.
Tottenham got here by beating Leicester 0-2 away from home in the replay of their third round meeting. During the weekend, they earned an excellent result in the English Premier League by beating Crystal Palace 1-3, also on the road.
“After the first half I was a bit disappointed but we sorted out some problems and with the maturity we showed in the second half we fully deserved the win,” Pochettino told the BBC after the win against Palace.
“After 95 minutes the result was fair. It was a fantastic performance,” he added. “We have the youngest squad in the Premier League, but the way the players showed their maturity it looked like the oldest.”
The team, however, confirmed they lost defender Jan Vertonghen for at least two months because of a severe knee injury. “Our medical staff will monitor his progress to determine when he will be ready to return to training”, read a statement on Tottenham’s Twitter feed.
Colchester are in the relegation spots in the English League One and even with all their effort, they shouldn’t be any contest for Tottenham.
The U’s advanced to this point beating Wealdstone (2-6), Altrincham (3-2) and Charlton (2-1). It is a great effort by a team that had no expectations going in this tournament. The problem is their form in the League One is somehow embarrassing; they have lost 11 of their last 13 games, drawing two in between. The last time they won a match was back in October.
“I was very disappointed with our performance in the second half”, said Colchester Boss Kevin Keen about his team losing 3-0 against Scunthorpe United during the weekend. “It was a familiar story for us. We played quite well in the first half, but did not take our chances and we were made to pay for it.
There isn’t any value on the money line for this match. The Spurs are listed at 1.4 to win by any score while the home team is at 7.0. The draw was rated at 4.8. Nevertheless, there is value in the handicap, picking Tottenham -1 at 2.0 to win by at least two goals or more. Colchester +1 at 2.88 looks good, but they just allowed three goals against Scunthorpe United. What will a team like the Spurs do with them?
The FA Cup Soccer Picks Colchester v Tottenham are crystal clear. Pick the Spurs in the handicap at -1.