FA Cup: North London Derby Is Tie Of The Round

By Jason Bardwell
Courtesy: Tottenham Facebook Page

I think if you were to ask any football fan what the FA Cup tie of the round was, they would say this one. Arsenal against Tottenham is a tasty affair at the best of times but add the fact that Emmanuel Adebayor has found some decent form and you may want to tune in to the match even more.

As a Manchester City fan, I remember very well the tormenting the ex-Arsenal man faced while playing for City against Arsenal. For his part, he was guilty of inciting the away crowd running the full length of the pitch to the small contingent of Arsenal fans and sliding in front of them after scoring. Add to that the violent coming together of him and then-Gunner Robin Van Persie which drew blood, and the guy has the ability to be a loose cannon.

Just how much his situation at Tottenham has affected him is something we may find out tomorrow. If he scores, how will he react and if the crowds are hostile toward him, how reckless will some of his tackles be, and will he last the game?

The two sides have a rich history in the FA Cup though with the visiting side winning the trophy no less than eight times, although the last of those was back in 1991. In fact, all their winning years with the exception of one end with either the number one or two, so that would rule out this year.

Arsenal, on the other hand, has picked up the trophy 10 times in their history, half of those after Tottenham’s last victory. These two teams have met in the FA Cup five times with the home side in each fixture progressing. Back in 1949, this exact fixture was played at the Round 3 stage, hosted by Arsenal with the Gunners winning 3-0 that day.

Interestingly though, a reverse of this fixture at the same stage in 1982 saw Spurs not only win, but go on to lift the trophy. Could this be what the Tottenham faithful need to lift their season?

Jason is a soccer writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @PACityboy and Facebook.

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