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FA Cup 3rd Round: Tottenham v Coventry

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FA Cup 3rd Round: Tottenham v Coventry
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04/01/2013

Saturday January 5
White Hart Lane, 3pm

Coventry manager Mark Robbins knows a bit about FA Cup heroics. His winning goal for Manchester United in a third-round tie 22 years ago this month allegedly saved Alex Ferguson's job.

It's a possibly apocryphal old tale, but what's for sure is that Robbins also scored a semi final winner that season and went onto taste FA Cup triumph.

A run of good form is what he's also enjoyed at Coventry City since taking charge in September 2012. Until the 1-0 loss to Shrewsbury on New Year's Day, Coventry had been on a 10-game unbeaten streak that's hauled the club into the top half of League One.

Their opponents on Saturday are in a similarly strong run, however, and at a rather higher level. Spurs have seven wins from their past nine matches and with players such as Scott Parker and Benoit Assou-Ekotto returning from injury, Andre Villas-Boas finds his options increasing.

Tottenham's success has mainly hinged on the fitness of Moussa Dembele and Gareth Bale (the latter could probably best Coventry on his own, in current form), so it will be interesting to see how many stars Villas-Boas chooses to rest.

Despite Coventry's upsurge in fortunes, they've conceded 44 goals this season – including six against Arsenal in the League Cup.

They may avoid another drubbing on Saturday, but with League One top-scorer David McGoldrick likely departed, it's very difficult to see how the Sky Blues can pull off the upset.

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