Cup credentials on the line

Spurs make the short trip to Stevenage on Sunday aiming to justify their spot as the top-ranked side remaining in the FA Cup.

Harry Redknapp’s slick outfit are many people’s favourites to lift the trophy but Stevenage are riding the crest of a wave.

Even despite the exit of manager Graham Westley recently, the Hertfordshire side are marching on in their pursuit of a third-successive promotion.

Their rapid rise has seen them climb from the Blue Square Premier to contenders for a place in the Championship.

It’s an amazing story for the side known, perhaps unfairly, for their physical and competitive approach.

Spurs regularly used Broadhall Way for their reserve side in the past and the link between the clubs does not stop there.

Defender Ronnie Henry, grandson of Spurs double winner Ron Henry, was released by Tottenham as a youngster.

He set up home at Stevenage and has been with the club all through their surge up the football pyramid.

Henry will relish the task of shackling a strike-force which is likely to include Jermain Defoe and either Emmanuel Adebayor or Louis Saha.

Defender Ryan Nelsen will make his full debut for Spurs alongside Michael Dawson, with Ledley King likely to be given a weekend off, while Carlo Cudicini should be handed a rare appearance between the sticks.

Scott Parker and Luka Modric will be tasked with controlling the midfield, unless Redknapp decides to rest either of his generals ahead of the upcoming trip to Arsenal.

Jake Livermore has proven more than capable of slotting in well this season and if Brazilian powerhouse Sandro is passed fit, following his calf problem, it would be an ideal opportunity to tune up his match sharpness.

Gareth Bale is another candidate for a rest, with Niko Kranjcar and the returning Aaron Lennon tasked with providing the ammunition to help Spurs blast their way into the last eight.

Matches involving Spurs are rarely dull these days and Stevenage will be fired up to enhance their impressive recent FA Cup pedigree.

But Harry Redknapp is plotting a glorious finish to this fabulous Spurs season by lifting the trophy in May.

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