The North London club are still searching for their first trophy in 15 years.

Preston North End awaits Tottenham Hotspur’s visit to Deepdale on Saturday night as they continue their hunt for their first trophy in more than 15 years. While Spurs defeated Portsmouth 1-0 in North London earlier this month, the hosts defeated Huddersfield 3-1 to secure their place in round four.

Preston North End’s porous defence has plagued Ryan Lowe’s team, but three wins from four in all competitions have been a good start to 2023, and they defeated Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup third round. Preston, 11th in the Championship, is two points behind the top six and looking to reach the fifth round for the first time since 2014-15 when they fell to Manchester United.

Spurs have lost in the fifth round of the FA Cup in the past three seasons, most recently to Middlesbrough last season. Their last two FA Cup eliminations have occurred away from home. Preston and Tottenham will meet again this weekend for the first time since the 2009-10 League Cup when Tottenham won 5-1 with a hat-trick from Peter Crouch.

Kick-off: 11:30 pm (IST), 6:00 pm (GMT)

Preston North End form (all competitions): L-L-W-W-L-W

Tottenham Hotspur form (all competitions): L-W-W-L-L-W

Players to Watch

Alan Browne

Browne became Preston’s club captain in 2018 after swiftly becoming one of the team’s main players. He has a reputation for being a hard worker, a tenacious player, and a versatile midfielder. He has also demonstrated a knack for scoring goals, scoring numerous noteworthy goals for the team.

Harry Kane

The striker has enjoyed making the net bulge at both the domestic and international levels ever since making his Tottenham Hotspur debut back in 2011. As of Monday night, Kane and Jimmy Greaves were tied for the most goals scored by Spurs.
The 29-year-old scored the lone goal for the north London team in their 1-0 victory away at Fulham, maintaining their chances of finishing in the top four of the Premier League. Harry Kane has scored 14 goals in his previous 14 games for Tottenham in the FA Cup, including the game-winning goal against Portsmouth in the third round. 

Match Facts

  • Tottenham Hotspur is aiming to advance past the fourth round of the FA Cup for the fourth consecutive season, which would be their greatest streak of advancements since doing so in five straight seasons between 1978–79 and 1982–83.
  • Preston hasn’t played Spurs in any competition since losing 5-1 to them at Deepdale in a League Cup match that Peter Crouch scored a hat-trick in September 2009.
  • This will be Preston North End and Tottenham Hotspur’s 10th FA Cup match, however, it will be their first since the fourth round of the 1967–68 season, a match that Spurs won 3–1.

Team and Injury News

Preston signed 19-year-old Manchester City forward Liam Delap this month, but he is cup-tied after playing in the third round for Stoke City before joining Preston. Due to injuries to Emil Riis Jakobsen and Sean Maguire, Ched Evans and Everton loanee Thomas Cannon should lead the attack.

The hosts could play Manchester United loanee Alvaro Fernandez on the left of a 3-5-2 with midfielders Ben Whiteman and Brad Potts in the treatment room.

Tottenham’s Arnaut Danjuma, who joined on loan from Villarreal on Wednesday, will be available for Antonio Conte. Danjuma joins an attack missing Lucas Moura due to a long-term tendon injury, while Bryan Gil has missed two games with a knock but could return for this match. Fraser Forster, Oliver Skipp, and Ryan Sessegnon should start here after Conte made changes for the Portsmouth match.

Head-to-Head Stats

Matches – 68
Tottenham – 30
Preston – 21
Draws – 17

Predicted Lineup

Preston North End predicted lineup:
Woodman; Hughes, Diaby, Lindsay; Browne, McCann, Ledson, Johnson, Fernandez; Evans, Cannon

Tottenham Hotspur predicted lineup:
Forster; Tanganga, Dier, Lenglet; Doherty, Skipp, Bissouma, Sessegnon; Kulusevski, Kane, Richarlison

Match Prediction

We do not anticipate an FA Cup upset at Deepdale due to Preston’s recent attack-related injuries. Their home performance this season has been very disappointing.

Although Conte’s Tottenham are not quite unbeatable at the moment, a victory at Fulham would have been essential for the team’s morale, and the Lilywhites should keep their ambitions of winning the title alive with a polished performance and easy victory.

Prediction: Preston North End 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur

Where to watch?

India- Sony Liv

UK- BBC Sport and ITC Sport.



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