City v Spurs

Last updated : 07 January 2007 By Michael Morris

Match preview from the BBC.

Ninian Park

Sunday 7 January
Third Round
Kick-off: 1600 GMT
Referee: Howard Webb (Yorkshire)
Replay date (if required) : Wed, 17 Jan, 2000 GMT
Coverage on the BBC Sport website, BBC Radio Five Live & highlights on MOTD2

Cardiff City expect Kevin McNaughton (hamstring) and Willo Flood (thigh) to be fit for Sunday's FA Cup third round game at Ninian Park.

Paul Parry (thigh) is set to remain sidelined, while Alan Wright is unavailable after his loan deal ended.

Tottenham duo Robbie Keane and Aaron Lennon are available after recovering from knee problems.

Hossam Ghaly will be subject to a late fitness test following the facial injury he picked up at Portsmouth.

Tottenham (from): Robinson, Chimbonda, Lee, Davenport, Dawson, Malbranque, Huddlestone, Lennon, Zokora, Defoe, Berbatov, Keane, Lennon, Davids, Tainio, Cerny, Murphy, Ghaly, Ziegler, Alnwick, Gardner.


CARDIFF CITY take on Martin Jol's Tottenham Hotspur, looking to claim a first Premiership scalp since knocking out Leeds at this same stage, and on this same ground, five years ago. It was an ecstatic night for Bluebirds fans on Sunday, 6 January 2002, when first Graham Kavanagh cancelled out Mark Viduka's early opener, then Scott Young scored the winner with three minutes remaining. Now they're plotting to pull off a similar giant killing feat at the expense of the eight-times winners from north London.

That success in 2002 was the only time in the last seven years Cardiff have progressed beyond the third round. The only non-English winners of the FA Cup trail Spurs 2-1 in the competitions' head-to-head standings, but their one victory was the most recent. Peter Sayer scored the only goal of the game, as the 2nd Division Welsh outfit lowered the colours of Keith Burkinshaw's side in a third round tie on 8 January 1977.

Dave Jones' team have played 28 games in all competitions this season. They won nine of the first 13, and only two of the last 15. They've not experienced victory since beating Burnley at home on 11 November, and have drawn six of the last seven, including the last four.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR were knocked out of the FA Cup at the third round stage by Championship side Leicester City 12 months ago. Spurs threw away a two-goal lead, and Mark De Vries delivered the sucker blow in stoppage time, to give the Foxes a 3-2 victory at the Walkers Stadium. Now the Londoners travel again to second tier opposition, in danger of becoming sacrificial lambs for the second year running.

Spurs have a good FA Cup pedigree. Only Manchester United (11) and Arsenal (10) have won football's oldest knock out competition more often. Since last lifting the silverware in 1991, the White Hart Lane club have reached the semi-finals four times and the quarter-finals twice.

It was April 1957 when Tottenham last triumphed in any competition at Ninian Park. The Welsh club were a top flight club at the time, when Spurs won the First Division fixture 0-3. The north London outfit have a 50% winning record against the Bluebirds in the League. They've won 20, drawn 10 and lost 10 of 40 contests.