Watford v Tottenham preview
Mariappa in contention for Hornets; Spurs trio doubtful
Last Updated: January 27, 2012 10:48am
Harry Redknapp: Looking forward to taking his place in the dugout after a week in court
Tottenham will have Harry Redknapp in the dugout for Friday night's match at Vicarage Road as they look to get past Watford and make it through to the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Redknapp has not been able to take a training session this week as he has been on trial at Southwark Crown Court contesting two counts of cheating the public revenue.
Assistant manager Kevin Bond has confirmed he is itching to get back to business at Watford as Spurs aim to continue their fine campaign.
Tottenham knocked out Cheltenham in the previous round, while Watford beat Bradford 4-2 in a thrilling game.
The Hornets have lost both their Championship matches since the third round to slump closer to the relegation zone, and will be determined to claim a famous scalp at home to restore confidence.
Adrian Mariappa will line up for Watford despite the current speculation regarding his future.
The centre-back was the subject of a failed bid from Newcastle at the start of this week, with the Magpies' offer rejected immediately having been well below the Championship club's valuation of the defender.
But the developments will not prevent manager Sean Dyche from selecting Mariappa.
Ten-goal striker Marvin Sordell, who has also been linked with a January move, will lead the line for a Hornets side who are pretty much at full strength.
Influential midfielder Jonathan Hogg returned from a minor knee injury to start last Saturday's 3-0 Championship defeat at Birmingham, leaving just long-term absentees Martin Taylor (broken toe) and Stephen McGinn (knee) on the sidelines.
Gareth Bale (thigh), Scott Parker (hamstring) and Younes Kaboul (groin) are doubts for Spurs.
All three came off during training on Wednesday and are likely to be rested, while Ledley King (knee) is also expected to sit out
Sandro, William Gallas (both calf) and Tom Huddlestone (ankle) are unavailable.