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Sunday and Monday FA Cup preview – Spurs and Chelsea can prevail

Sunday and Monday FA Cup preview – Spurs and Chelsea can prevail

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Tottenham welcome League One Millwall to White Hart Lane for what should be a feisty London derby in the last eight of the FA Cup on Sunday.

Spurs will hope to end the Lions’ impressive run to the sixth round and maintain their interest in the Cup, which is their best hope of a trophy this season.

If this tie had been the other way around, with Millwall at home, there would have been a good case to make for the League One side causing a shock but the fact Spurs are the hosts means a win for the Premier League side (1/8 in the 90-minute match market) seems inevitable.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men are so strong at home and are unlikely to be in any mood to let Millwall, who are 6/1 to qualify or 18/1 to win in 90 minutes, have a say in what looks like being the final FA Cup game at White Hart Lane in its current guise.

Harry Kane, who has spoken of his admiration for Millwall in the build-up to the tie, is in red-hot form and should be backed to score again.

Kane said his loan spell at The Den in 2011-12 “turned him into a man” but he will be keen to shoot the south Londoners down this weekend. The England man has scored 12 goals in his last eight games, including three hat-tricks, and will surely fancy adding to that tally here, available at 20/41 to score anytime.

He got a treble in the last round against Fulham and can be backed at a tempting 9/4 (to score three or more) to add another matchball to his collection.

Pochettino is without the injured Danny Rose and Erik Lamela but otherwise has a fully-fit squad to choose from and should name a strong side, like he has done throughout the competition so far.

As a result, this game appears to be a bridge too far for Millwall, who are sixth in the third tier and hopeful of a play-off place at least this year.

Neil Harris’ men have beaten Premier League sides Bournemouth, Watford and Leicester so far in their march to the last eight but, crucially, all those games have come at home in front of a hostile Den crowd. This will be a different experience and staying in the game for as long as possible will be the order of the day, with a draw over 90 minutes on offer at 29/4.

On Monday, there’s a mouth-watering meeting between Chelsea and Manchester United with Jose Mourinho eager to make up for the heavy defeat he suffered against his old club the last time he was back at Stamford Bridge earlier in the Premier League season.

The odds suggest this showdown is hard to call, with Chelsea slight favourites in the normal match market due to home advantage at 20/23, while United are 33/10 and a draw at 90 minutes is 12/5.

Mourinho will be fired up for this latest reunion with the Blues and a repeat of the 4-0 humbling his side suffered in October looks highly unlikely.

However, in a strange way, this game is probably not the priority for either side with Chelsea focusing on maintaining their march towards the league title and United, who are just back from a long trip to Russia in the Europa League, desperate to secure a top-four finish.

Mourinho’s men (5/4 to qualify) have recently tasted Wembley glory by winning the EFL Cup so going out against Chelsea in the quarters may not necessarily be viewed as a big setback.

With that in mind, Antonio Conte’s men (2/5 to qualify) are tipped to edge a tight encounter – possibly after extra time.

Both ties need to be settled on the day remember while there is the added spice of teams being able to introduce a fourth substitute in extra-time to spare tired legs.

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Aidan Perkins Aidan is another person with a wealth of journalistic experience behind him, both written and broadcasting. He has played football to a good level and that gives him an extra insight into the reason for selections at both domestic and European matches.