Spurs’ at the Colchester Community Stadium will be one of David against Goliath. A trademark FA Cup fixture that often tends to throw up surprises that leave us startled. And counting the minnows out is one of the biggest crimes a big club often commits in the FA Cup and Spurs have to make sure they don’t end up doing that.
Colchester currently lie 54 places below Spurs in the English football charts and are 24th in the League One table, as things stand. They won their last game on the 9th of January this year, when they beat Charlton 2-1 in the FA Cup itself. And when it comes to the Lilywhites, they’ve been one of the toughest sides to beat in the Premier League this season. Currently on 4th, 5 points clear of 5th placed Manchester United, Spurs are giving the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City a serious run for their money. And here’s how Mauricio Pochetinno’s side may look, when they face a trip to Colchester on Saturday.
GK: Michel Vorm
The Dutchman has witnessed his game time reduce to cup games ever since his arrival from Swansea. Hugo Lloris’ superb form since his arrival from Lyon has made sure Vorm has played only a limited amount of times at White Hart Lane. The game would provide Vorm with an opportunity to gain some match time.
RB: Kieran Trippier
The Englishman is beginning to make his mark on the first team squad slowly and has shone with a good amount of promise too. He is likely to start.
CB: Kevin Wimmer
The Austrian center half, with first choice center half Jan Vertonghen out injured, is likely to slot in at the back. He started against Palace at the weekend and will start against Colchester too.
CB: Federico Fazio
The signing from Sevilla, who has been a disappointment since his arrival and has hardly featured this season. Toby Alderweireld will probably be rested and the Argentinian will come in to replace him.
LB: Ben Davies
The young Welshman has shown glimpses of defensive astuteness and has shown a good account of his crossing abilities too. The 22-year-old will probably start at Essex.
CDM: Nabil Bentaleb
The young Algerian, who was injured for a good part of the season early on, is finally back and running once again. He enjoyed a good solid season and Eric Dier could well be rested.
CDM: Tom Carroll
Someone who has gained prominence since scoring a screamer in a 3-0 win over Norwich and has got a good amount of game time under his belt now. Although, he hasn’t done anything exceptional since then, but will start against Colchester.
RM: Erik Lamela
The promising winger, who signed from Roma during AVB’s reign is beginning to prove his worth this season. The 23-year-old has scored eight goals, assisting thrice and more match time will only improve his statistics.
CAM: Josh Onomah
The young midfielder, who has earned the trust of Mauricio Pochetinno this season, has shown glimpses of his actual capabilities here and there. Still 19, Onomah will need time on the pitch to come to par with some other quality young players in the side.
LM: Nacer Chadli
The winger is slowly getting back to his best after returning from a long term injury and has begun to look more like his real self of late. The Belgian is likely to feature against the League One opposition.
ST: Hueng Min Son
The Asian International Footballer of the Year, who hasn’t been at his very best at Spurs, will look to get some goals in a clash that is quite easier, when compared to their Premier League fixtures. And his presence up top would allow Harry Kane some necessary time off.