Stevenage v Tottenham preview
League One hosts top-flight as Stevenage look to cause cup upset
By Ben Hampshire. Last Updated: 17/02/12 12:12pm
An FA Cup quarter-final place is at stake on Sunday when League One outfit Stevenage host high-flying Premier League side Tottenham.
The clash will see the two teams go head-to-head for the first time as Harry Redknapp takes his side to Broadhall Way for the fifth round tie.
The home side have lost just one game in their last 16 third-tier outings while Spurs only have four defeats to their name all campaign.
Both sides go into the encounter having scored 11 goals in their last five matches with Tottenham registering an emphatic 5-0 defeat last time out against Newcastle.
Stevenage's home record has been imperious this season with their 1-0 loss to Leyton Orient the lone blemish at Broadhall Way.
Spurs have managed to win half of their 12 Premier League games on the road with defeats at the hands of Stoke and league leaders Manchester City, while being held to a 2-2 draw with Newcastle earlier in the season.
Gary Smith took to the dugout for the first time on Tuesday, having replaced Graham Westley, to see his side beat Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 thanks to a goal from defender Scott Laird.
Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon both returned to fitness ahead of last weekend's Premier League encounter with Newcastle but failed to feature, meaning they could make their comebacks in the FA Cup tie.
Redknapp is still without frontman Rafael van der Vaart who is struggling with a calf problem having been out of action for two weeks.
Sandro and Younes Kaboul could boost the Spurs squad should they reach full fitness prior to kick-off.
Stevenage striker Craig Reid is back to full fitness after recovering from injury to give Smith's side a boost.
Laird looks set to retain his place at the heart of defence while Chris Beardsley should lead the line for the Boro with 10 goals in his League One account this term.
Stevenage v Tottenham
Tottenham winger Danny Rose insists playing in Sunday's FA Cup goalless draw at Stevenage was a real eye-opener in terms of experience.
Harry Redknapp has revealed that a number of his players were not fit to feature against Stevenage in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Sunday.
Stevenage boss Gary Smith was full of praise for his players after seeing them book an FA Cup fifth round replay with Tottenham.