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  • Date: 14/01/2020
  • KO: 21:05
  • Ref: Craig Pawson

Tottenham

  • L
  • D
  • L
  • D

2 - 1

(HT : 2 - 0)

  • Venue
    Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Middlesbrough

  • D
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • W

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Spurs v Middlesbrough tips

Spurs v Middlesbrough tips

Tuesday’s televised FA Cup replay comes from North London where Middlesbrough may fancy their chances.

888sport pre-match odds: Spurs 2/9; Draw 19/4; Middlesbrough 13/1

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On pre-season expectations, Jonathan Woodgate’s side have disappointed in the Championship but they’ve picked up over recent weeks and will arrive here unbeaten in their last six.

That run includes wins at Preston and West Brom, who have a combined total of four home defeats.

Both victories were achieved without conceding and Boro’s backline has been pretty decent, keeping a clean sheet in a third of their league games.

That bodes well for this game for which Spurs will be without their biggest goal threat in Harry Kane.

Of course, the home side still have plenty of quality but boss Jose Mourinho may well need to start prioritising the league – there’s now a nine-point gap to fourth and a win at in-form Watford at the weekend is imperative.

Boro look big at 13/1 to win the game, while backing them in the double-chance market at 16/5 is another strong option.

However, perhaps the best is Boro (+2) on the handicaps which is odds-against and pays out even if they lose by one.

It may also pay to get involved with the cards given Craig Pawson, the Premier League’s fourth strictest official, who averages 4.18 yellows per game, has the whistle.

A long-term trend is that FA Cup ties have a lower card average than their Premier League counterparts but a look at Pawson’s figures show he’s still very active with the book in this competition.

Six of his last nine FA Cup matches have seen him produce at least four cards (a straight red counts as two and a two-yellow red three) yet over 3.5 can be backed at 7/4 with 888sport.

Spurs are second bottom of the Premier League fair play table, while Boro are bottom in the Championship.

7/4 looks good value.

Best bets

Over 3.5 cards – 7/4 with 888sport

Boro (+2) – 21/20 with bet365

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Tottenham 2-1 Middlesbrough - Match Report

 Tottenham 2-1 Middlesbrough - Match Report

Tottenham confirmed their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup with a nervy 2-1 victory against Championship side Middlesbrough.

Boro, managed by former Spurs defender Jonathan Woodgate, had been in good form heading into the third-round replay, but they shot themselves in the foot after only two minutes when they gifted the home side the lead.

Middlesbrough goalkeeper Tomas Mejias’ poor pass was gathered by Giovani Lo Celso who steadied himself before slotting a low drive into the net.

Boro wasted a good chance to equalise when Djed Spence set up Lukas Nmecha whose shot was kept out by Paulo Gazzaniga and it proved to be a costly miss as Erik Lamela made it 2-0 in the 15th minute when he slotted the ball past Mejias after a fine run.

Spurs were by far the better team in the first 45 minutes and Eric Dier and Ryan Sessegnon went close to extending their lead before half time while, at the other end, Paddy McNair lashed a shot way over the bar from a good position, although he was clearly offside.

Middlesbrough improved after half time but Gazzaniga saved Lewis Wing’s free-kick while Spurs’ Lo Celso had a shot blocked.

Spurs struggled to create many clear-cut openings in the second half as the Teessiders searched for a way back into the game and, after Nmecha had failed to guide his powerful header on target, Boro did halve the deficit with an 83rd-minute goal by substitute George Savile who fired a low shot into the corner of the net.

Jose Mourinho’s side held on to win the tie and set up a fourth-round clash against Southampton but the former Chelsea manager will be annoyed that his team once again failed to keep a clean sheet.

Tottenham v Middlesbrough - Team News

Tottenham v Middlesbrough - Team News

Alderweireld to sit out Boro replay

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has revealed Toby Alderweireld will be rested in the FA Cup replay against Middlesbrough.

Alderweireld is the only man who will get the night off as Mourinho confirmed everyone else, including Christian Eriksen, will be involved.

Ben Davies (ankle), Hugo Lloris (elbow), Tanguy Ndombele (hip), Harry Kane (hamstring) and Moussa Sissoko (knee) are all missing.

Spurs are hoping to sign Gedson Fernandes on an 18-month loan from Benfica but he would not be eligible to play anyway as players need to have been registered for the original tie.

Middlesbrough boss Jonathan Woodgate will be without striker Britt Assombalonga for Tuesday night’s FA Cup third-round replay at Tottenham after he suffered a setback in training.

Assombalonga, who has not played since damaging an ankle against Charlton on December 7, had been expected to join the squad for the trip to the capital but was still struggling in training on Sunday and has been left out of the travelling party.

Keeper Darren Randolph, who underwent a medical at West Ham last week, is fit after a thigh injury but with his proposed transfer yet to be completed, will not figure. Tomas Mejias is set to start once again after playing in the first game.

Defender Daniel Ayala is expected to be out for two to three weeks with an ankle problem while George Friend, Ryan Shotton and Anfernee Dijksteel are still sidelined.

H2H Comparison
04.02.2017 Tottenham Middlesbrough 2:1
14.01.2020 Tottenham Middlesbrough 2:1
Tottenham - Last 5 games
22.01.2020 Tottenham Norwich City
18.01.2020 Watford Tottenham 0:0
11.01.2020 Tottenham Liverpool 0:1
01.01.2020 Southampton Tottenham 1:0
28.12.2019 Norwich City Tottenham 2:2
Middlesbrough - Last 5 games
21.01.2020 Middlesbrough Birmingham City 1:1
17.01.2020 Fulham Middlesbrough 1:0
11.01.2020 Middlesbrough Derby County 2:2
01.01.2020 Preston North End Middlesbrough 0:2
29.12.2019 West Bromwich Albion Middlesbrough 0:2

Predictions

Markets Probability % Odds Value
  • 1x2
Bookmarks 1x2
BetwayBetway 1.07 10.00 26.00
Bet-at-home.comBet-at-home.com 1.01 16.50 50.00
Bet365Bet365 1.01 26.00 501.00
1.01 9.00 175.00
1.19 6.10 11.50
888Sport888Sport 1.00 26.00 1001.00
H2H Comparison
04.02.2017 Tottenham Middlesbrough 2:1
14.01.2020 Tottenham Middlesbrough 2:1
Tottenham - Last 5 games
22.01.2020 Tottenham Norwich City
18.01.2020 Watford Tottenham 0:0
11.01.2020 Tottenham Liverpool 0:1
01.01.2020 Southampton Tottenham 1:0
28.12.2019 Norwich City Tottenham 2:2
Middlesbrough - Last 5 games
21.01.2020 Middlesbrough Birmingham City 1:1
17.01.2020 Fulham Middlesbrough 1:0
11.01.2020 Middlesbrough Derby County 2:2
01.01.2020 Preston North End Middlesbrough 0:2
29.12.2019 West Bromwich Albion Middlesbrough 0:2