Preston v Tottenham Prediction and Analysis
In an FA Cup 4th round match, Preston North End host elite side Tottenham Hotspur.
The hosts compete in the second strongest football league in England - the Championship.
After a shaky start to the campaign, they have gradually stabilized their performance and are now on the cusp of the play-off zone.
The fact is, however, that they are having serious difficulties in their matches at their own stadium recently.
At home, Preston have conceded 4 league defeats in a row, conceding a total of 11 goals.
At the same time, Tottenham has been playing steadily for another year and still has a chance for the Top 4 in the Premier League.
In addition, next month Spurs also have a 1/8-final clash in the Champions League , where they will play against Milan.
Harry Kane scored the winning goal for the North London side in their 1-0 win over Fulham in the last round of the EFL.
It was his 266th goal for the club and took him level with Jimmy Greaves' record.
But Kane played fever pitch that night. So the England international may be rested today.
This will be Richarlison's chance to score for the first time since scoring 3 goals for Brazil at Qatar 2022.
After that he was recovering from an injury.
The 25-year-old has scored five goals in seven FA Cup appearances for Everton.
So I decided to add it to this combined forecast of mine.
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Preston - statistics and info
Preston North End qualified for this stage of the FA Cup after beating Huddersfield 3-1 at Deepdale.
Meanwhile, they moved just two points adrift of a Championship play-off spot.
After Ryan Ledson and Alan Brownie were on target early in last Saturday's 2-1 win away to Birmingham.
Preston manager Ryan Lowe beamed:
"We had two guys up front who are very quick and they caused chaos for the opposition."
"We asked the players to do the right things - defend well, attack well."
"And we thought we would have enough chances to score some goals."
"And we did!"
However, North End were previously beaten 0-4 by Norwich in front of their own fans in the last home game.
And in general, Preston have a rather weak indicator of "Deepdale" .
They have lost seven of 14 Championship games here, winning just three.
And they also have the lowest number of goals scored in the division at home - just eight.
Tottenham - statistics and info
Tottenham Hotspur have had quite a turbulent period since the World Cup break.
Coming back with a draw against Brentford and a home loss to Aston Villa.
But a 4-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace away from home and a 1-0 win over Portsmouth in the FA Cup stabilized the squad.
Back-to-back defeats against Manchester City and Arsenal , however, led Conte to question his future at the club.
But a 1-0 win away to Fulham on Monday left Spurs just three points clear of a Top 4 position .
"It was a good response," Conte said.
"After the defeats to Arsenal and Man City, 1st and 2nd in the table, I asked the players to show their qualities from last season."
"Will, desire, and to suffer when you must suffer."
"We didn't suffer much, but I could see they were ready, so that could be a starting point for us."
"Remember we played against a team that has been a real surprise this season."
"With a win, they could move us up the table. Winning here is not easy."
"For that reason, I'm really happy."
"Because I saw again the characteristics that earned us a place in the Champions League last season ."
Squads and injured footballers
Lineup: Woodman; Hughes, Diaby, Lindsay; Brown, McCann, Ledson, Johnson, Fernandez; Evans, Cannon
Injured: Jacobsen, Maguire, Wightman, Potts
No rights: Delap, Parot
Lineup: Forster; Tanganga, Dyer, Lenglet; Doherty, Skip, Bissuma, Sessegnon; Kulusevski, Kane, Richarlison
Matches between Preston and Tottenham
|KL||23/09/09||Preston 1:5 Tottenham|
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