Lennon Spurred On At Former Home

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Aaron Lennon returns to face old club Leeds United. Image courtesy of skysports.com
Leeds has already missed out on an opportunity to claim the scalp of a big London club this season when Chelsea hammered United 5-1 at Elland Road in the League Cup. They get a second bite at the cherry on Monday morning (AEDT) when Tottenham heads to Yorkshire for a fourth round FA Cup match-up.

Leeds’ home form in the Championship has been first-class. Since mid-November, Neil Warnock’s side has won six straight in front of its home fans, which has made up for some dismal form away from Yorkshire. United has been knocked out of the FA Cup by north London teams the last three seasons, including 2010 when they held Tottenham to a 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane, but lost the replay 3-1 . If dangerman Luciano Becchio can reproduce the form he has shown in the league with 16 goals, then Leeds might have a sniff.

Spurs thoroughly deserved the point they took away from last weekend’s 1-1 stalemate with Manchester United, and at times they outplayed the league leaders. Pacy winger Aaron Lennon returns to his boyhood club for this clash, and he’ll be one of the players Leeds will have to shut down, along with Gareth Bale and Jermaine Defoe. The last time Spurs visited Elland Road, Defoe finished with a hat-trick, while Bale has found the back of the net in three straight FA Cup ties.

Tottenham is unbeaten in its last eight games in all competitions, winning five of them. Andre Villas-Boas has his team playing well away from home; they average two goals per game on the road and 91 per cent of their matches away from White Hart Lane have finished with over 2.5 goals . Spurs are unbeaten on their last three trips to Leeds.

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