With Wolves disappointment behind us as Tottenham Hotspur got back to winning ways on New Year’s Day in our trip to Cardiff City, it’s now all eyes to the opening FA Cup gambit of the 2018/19 campaign as we face Tranmere Rovers.
Going into Friday evening’s third round tie at Prenton Park, Spurs clearly hold the advantage given the gap between the two sides, but even historically things are in our favour. We are unbeaten in the last eight matches against the side in all competitions but it will be our first meeting with them since the 2001/02 campaign were we registered (if Google is right it was a long time ago) 4-0 victories in both domestic Cup meetings that year.
On an injury front, not a lot has really changed for manager Mauricio Pochettino when it comes to his selections, but given the level Tranmere play at, we can probably expect a few more changes than normal as he rotates people.
That said, we’ll be mindful of a Cup shock and you would imagine they’ll be right up for this one under the floodlights – with all the talk of lifting silverware this year, this is undoubtedly a competition we’ll be taking seriously so even if there’s a more youthful look to the starting XI, I’d expect familiar faces on the bench for a bit of protection.