FA cup

Spurs chasing number 9

José Mourinho finds himself under pressure as Tottenham prepare for their match against Norwich in the fifth round of the FA Cup. Beaten at home by Wolves in the Premier League on Sunday, it was a third successive defeat in all competitions for Spurs. Is the season unravelling for Mourinho and his cohorts?

They are still only five points away from the final Champions League-spot. They are still alive in the Champions League. This match looks like a good opportunity to go one step further in the cup, so all is not lost. However, Spurs has not helped themselves lately and it all started with Heung-Min So getting injured against Aston Villa. The future of Spurs under Mourinho is simply not looking bright right now.

At the other end of the table, bottom-placed Norwich gave themselves a lifeline with a first win in five matches. A win that came against top three-side Leicester City on Friday which will no doubt have boosted their confidence. What was not surprising was that the victory came at Carrow Road. It remains almost the only place the Canaries are able to win this season.

Of the 17 games Norwich has played away in all competitions this season, only three have resulted in victories for the Daniel Farke’s men. Interestingly, two of those three wins were in the FA Cup. The last round saw them beating fellow Premier League side Burnley. Norwich suffered defeat away to Spurs as recently as late January. The match was as close as the 2-1 scoreline would suggest.

Tottenham have struggled to control games under Mourinho, something he would blame on the club’s so-called injury crisis. But their attack is not the only department that needs work. They have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last five games in all competitions. That leads us to believe that another open game with both teams scoring is on the cards.

Tottenham have quality in their ranks but are extremely prone to defensive lapses of late. The initial confidence injected by Mourinho’s appointment cannot be found on the pitch anymore. They do hold a very fine recent history at home in the cup though winning their last eight in front of the home crowd. We expect both teams to score while also believing Spurs will prevail in the end.

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