SSE Women’s FA Cup preview: Blackburn Rovers v Tottenham Hotspur

Next up in our FA Cup third round preview is a fascinating match-up between Blackburn Rovers and Tottenham Hotspur.

Although the two clubs are located in vastly different areas of the country, they actually have a lot in common: Both teams are top of the league – Blackburn currently head the Northern Division on goal difference from Middlesbrough (although with Rovers having four games in hand you can expect that lead to grow!), while Spurs are leading the Southern Division, three points clear of Coventry United. Both teams have identical league records of nine wins, one draw and no defeats. Both teams have made it through to the semi-finals of the WPL Cup. Both teams are undefeated in their respective county cup campaigns – Blackburn are in the final of the Lancashire County Cup; Tottenham are in the semi-finals of the Capital Cup. And finally, neither team have conceded a goal in this season’s FA Cup.

What’s more, this could potentially be the first of three meetings between these clubs this season. There’s a very real possibility we could see repeats of this fixture in the final of the WPL Cup and the WPL championship play-off game.

The third round of the cup has thrown together some terrific matchups this year, and for me this is one of the most significant. Neither team has lost a competitive match this season, and both have recorded 100% win records in all cup competitions, so one of them is going to have their perfect record destroyed.

My prediction: This is a phenomenally difficult one to call – these are two excellent teams in superb form, and both are easily capable of beating any WPL opposition on their day. I really want to sit on the fence for this one, but I have to pick a winner, so I think that perhaps Blackburn’s home field advantage will pay dividends. Home win.

The match

  • Date: Sunday 5th February
  • Kick-off: 2pm
  • Venue: Sir Tom Finney Stadium, Bamber Bridge, PR5 6UU
  • Admission: £3
  • Public transport
    • Train: Bamber Bridge station (less than 1 mile away)
    • Bus: Nearest bus stop is Brownedge Close (services 113, 699, 712 and 778)

The stats

Blackburn Rovers (@RoversLadies)

WPL, Northern Division (level 3)
League form: w8 d1 l0 gd+18 = 2nd place out of 11

2016/17 FA Cup
1R – Bradford City (level 3) 0-1 Blackburn Rovers
2R – Blackburn Rovers 5-0 Hull City (4)

2015/16 FA Cup
2R – Nuneaton Town (3) 0-3 Blackburn Rovers (at Blackburn Rovers)
3R – West Ham United (3) 0-7 Blackburn Rovers
4R – Brighton & Hove Albion (3) 5-2 Blackburn Rovers

Tottenham Hotspur (@THLFCOfficial)

WPL, Southern Division (level 3)
League form: w9 d1 l0 gd+29 = 1st place out of 11

2016/17 FA Cup 
1R – Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Leyton Orient (level 5)
2R – Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Gillingham (4)

2015/16 FA Cup 
2R – Swindon Town (4) 1-4 Tottenham Hotspur
3R – Gillingham (4) 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
4R – Tottenham Hotspur 2-3 (aet) Aston Villa (2)

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