Free tips FA Cup Tips: Rochdale v Tottenham (Sunday, 4pm)
In-form Tottenham will look to avoid an FA Cup shock and book their place in the last eight of the competition as they travel to Rochdale, of League One, in the 5th Round.
We take you through our Rochdale v Tottenham match preview and betting tips for the Sunday afternoon fixture at the Crown Oil Arena…
Rochdale v Tottenham Match Prediction
Tottenham win 2/13 (1.16) – MarathonBet
Rochdale v Tottenham Best Bet
Under 2.5 Goals at 7/4 (2.75) – Betfair Sportsbook
Rochdale v Tottenham Past Meetings
This will be the first ever competitive meeting between the two clubs.
Rochdale have defeated Bromley, Slough, Doncaster Rovers and Millwall to reach this stage while Spurs have defeated both AFC Wimbledon and Newport County.
Rochdale v Tottenham Stats
Rochdale sit at the foot of the League One table but have four games in hand over second-from-bottom Bury, whom they trail by one point, and five over Northampton – 11 points ahead – in safety.
Keith Hill’s side have only two league wins from their last 13 and with just 17 points from their 12 home matches, they have the second worst home record in the division.
Spurs sit fifth in the standings but are only four points behind second-placed Manchester United in a congested race for the top four.
Tottenham are unbeaten in their last 14 outings in all competitions and have won 11 of their last 17 matches – but just three of their last seven.
However, two of their recent draws – both 2-2 away to Liverpool and Juventus – have provided massive encouragement after respective wins over Manchester United and Arsenal.
Rochdale v Tottenham Team News
The Yorkshire club are set to start with their usual 3-5-2 formation with Stephen Humphrys and Ian Henderson – who netted twice against Bristol Rovers on Tuesday – set to lead the way.
Spurs have a fully-fit squad with no injuries or suspensions. Lucas Moura may be handed his first start after joining from Paris Saint-Germain last month. A host of changes may be made though for rotation purposes by Mauricio Pochettino.
Reason for Rochdale v Tottenham Bets
As much as every neutral would like to see a cup upset, it’s highly improbable that one will arrive in Yorkshire on Sunday.
Spurs boss Pochettino has complained about the state of the home side’s pitch but that levelled aside, it is hard to see reason for optimism for the hosts.
They have the division’s second bluntest attack – with just 29 goals in 28 outings – and are against a Spurs side full of confidence.
Furthermore, a scare at Newport in the last round will sharpen Spurs minds and they are now familiar with these games having also eliminated AFC Wimbledon.
However, this will not be a high scoring game – the home side’s attacking problems are documented while the pitch makes any free-flowing attacking football from the visitors unlikely.
They toiled against Newport and needed a replay while a busy fixture schedule means rotation and tired legs are possible, but a low-scoring away win is expected.