Football League World head to The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium tonight to cast an eye over Middlesbrough’s clash with Spurs in the FA Cup third round.
The Teessiders go into the clash full of confidence following a run of six games without a loss, a stretch which has seen them move to 16th in the Championship and within touching distance of the top half of the table.
Their latest result was a 2-2 draw with Derby County, which in truth, could have been another three points for Jonathan Woodgate’s side after an impressive display.
After a difficult start to life in the hot-seat Woodgate has really found his feet and looks to be leading the team into an exciting period of change.
A number of young players have been handed a chance under the Middlesbrough favourite, and while injuries have played a part in that, those prospects will be hoping to impress in North London.
In the opposition camp it’s far from rosy in the Tottenham garden.
Injuries to key players such as Harry Kane, Hugo Lloris and Moussa Sissoko have stunted their progress under new head coach, Jose Mourinho.
With a challenge for the Premier League or Champions League unlikely, Mourinho will no doubt look to throw everything at the FA Cup as he looks to win silverware.
As our graphic shows, Tottenham will be relying on Dele Alli and Son Heung-min for goals, while Middlesbrough will be hoping that Ashley Fletcher can continue his fine form in the absence of Britt Assombalonga.
Spurs often play with a fluid 5-3-2 system, and this is something that Middlesbrough will look to replicate given the success of the system in recent weeks.
As you’d expect, Tottenham are huge favourites for the FA Cup third round replay but given Middlesbrough’s impressive form of late, few would be surprised if they managed to pull off an upset in North London.
If they did it would be one heck of an achievement for Jonathan Woodgate’s injury-hit squad.