Tottenham Hotspur host League One side Coventry City in a FA Cup third round fixture at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

Scott Parker
Scott Parker is expected to start for Spurs against Coventry

Where to Watch

Kick-off is set for 3pm GMT. Catch the highlights of the game on FA Cup Highlights, on iTV 1 and iTV 1 HD at 11pm GMT.


The hosts will play their first FA Cup tie under new manager Andre Villa-Boas and come into the game on the back of a five-game unbeaten run. The last time Spurs lost was in early December, when Everton beat them 2-1 at Goodison Park; recent results include a confident 4-0 win over Aston Villa and a 3-1 defeat of Reading on New Year's Day.

Tottenham's home form has been excellent so far this season, having lost only twice in 11 Premier League games at the Lane. In addition, AVB is unbeaten in the last seven home games and will be confident of extending that run when Coventry come visiting.

Tom Huddlestone
Tom Huddlestone

Spurs' League One visitors are comfortably placed in the middle of their league, with 37 points from 26 games. The Ricoh Arena side are only five points off MK Dons in sixth (the final promotion play-off spot) and were on a good run of form going into the home game against Shrewsbury Town on New Year's Day, having been unbeaten since the 10 November loss to Scunthorpe United.

The Shrews put an end to that run though, with a 1-0 win to move outside the League One relegation zone. Coventry will still be confident of a decent performance and, as Bradford City recently showed Arsenal, it doesn't pay to underestimate lower-league opposition in England.

Team Guide

Tottenham Hotspur

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W W D W
  • Last Result: Tottenham Hotspur 3 - 1 Reading

Coventry City

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L W W D W
  • Last Result: Coventry City 0 - 1 Shrewsbury Town

Team News

Kyle Walker and William Gallas
Kyle Walker and William Gallas are also expected to start for AVB's side

England international Scott Parker is set to make his first start for Spurs since May. French defender Younes Kaboul is a long-term absentee for Spurs and AVB might not rush Cameroon left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto for this fixture.

The north London club will probably rest key players for this match, meaning American Brad Friedel might start in goal. England international Tom Huddlestone and winger Andros Townsend are also likely to start, as is Spanish midfielder Yago Falque.

Probable Line-Up: Friedel; Walker, Gallas, Caulker, Naughton; Huddlestone, Parker; Falque, Sigurdsson, Townsend; Adebayor

Coventry have no injury worries. The League One side will welcome defender Blair Adams (on-loan from Sunderland) and 24-year-old James Bailey (a January loan signing from Derby) but Mark Robins is unlikely to make too many changes to his first team, the midweek defeat notwithstanding.

Probable Line-Up: Murphy; Christie, Wood, Edjenguele, Adams; Bailey, Fleck, Jennings, Moussa; McGoldrick, McSheffrey