Tottenham Hotspur vs Rochdale
England – FA Cup
Date: Wednesday, 28 February 2018
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK
Venue: Wembley Stadium (London).
Substitute Steve Davies has bagged a stoppage-time equalizer to secure the last-gasp draw for Rochdale and help the League One outfit pull off a massive upset and earn the reverse fixture with the Premier League heavyweights Tottenham Hotspur. The Spurs are still massive favourites to advance through to the quarterfinal of the competition and anything but a straightforward affair for Mauricio Pochettino’s side would be a huge surprise here.
Nonetheless, the Dale have already proven to be well capable of making the upsets so far in the FA Cup since they’ve reached this stage against all odds, particularly if we know about their struggled in the division. Keith Hill’s men sit at the very foot of the League One standings and they need a miracle to avoid the drop into the fourth class come May.
Rochdale have failed to score a goal in each of last two league outings against Milton Keynes Dons and Wigan Athletic. Even though they’ve bagged two in the first leg of the tie with Tottenham, it’s really hard to see them pulling off a similar showing in the rematch at Wembley.
Pochettino started the first leg match without the likes of Kane, Alli and Eriksen, but the Argentine manager was in need to send them on the pitch in the second half to avoid the potential embarrassing elimination. We can once again expect to see Fernando Llorente, Son Heung-Min and Lucas Moura on court from the first minute in the rematch.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Rochdale: Head-to-head
This will only be the second ever head to head encounter between the two sides.
Ian Henderson pushed Rochdale ahead ten days ago, while Lucas Moura and Harry Kane turned things around for the Spurs before Steve Davies notched the mentioned equalizer.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Rochdale: Prediction
The Spurs are massive favourites and we expect them to justify the tag in front of the home crowd at Wembley.
Since Rochdale have failed to find the net in last two league ties, our main bet is Tottenham to keep a clean sheet at 1.50 odds.
You can also try with Lucas Moura to score anytime in the rematch as well at decent-value 1.85 odds given that this January’s acquisition will be motivated to take advantage of the chance to make the starting lineup here.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Rochdale: Bet Tips
Tottenham Hotspur to keep a clean sheet @ 1.50
Lucas Moura to score anytime @ 1.85.