Colchester v Tottenham preview: Jan Vertonghen out for Spurs
Last Updated: 30/01/16 12:45pm
Tottenham will be without centre-back Jan Vertonghen for their FA Cup fourth-round trip to Colchester on Saturday.
The Belgian faces a spell on the sidelines after suffering a knee ligament injury in the win over Crystal Palace.
He could be replaced by Kevin Wimmer while Mauricio Pochettino may start with Harry Kane and Dele Alli on the bench as he did for the third round replay victory over Leicester.
Spurs, who trained in Barcelona this week, have gone nine matches without defeat on the road in all competitions.
Meanwhile, Colchester are rock bottom of League One and without a win in the league since October 20 although they did see off Championship Charlton in the third round.
Veterans Nicky Shorey and Darren Ambrose started on the bench at Glanford Park, so could come into contention for a starting place.
Paul Merson's prediction
This is my nap of the weekend. It's a lovely ground, lovely pitch, nice dressing rooms, and that's why these shocks don't happen anymore. You look at Ronnie Radford when he scored for Hereford against Newcastle, the pitch was unreal, you don't get those anymore, they are like snooker tables.
Colchester are struggling, they let in too many goals, while Tottenham are going really well and their squad is quite big. I don't see anything but a Spurs win. There is no point in them drawing with Leicester at home, going to the King Power Stadium and winning and then taking this game lightly. I think they are a cert.
PAUL PREDICTS: 0-3 (Sky Bet odds 17/2)
This will be the first-ever competitive meeting between these sides.
No player has scored more goals in this season's FA Cup than Colchester's Macauley Bonne (4).
Tottenham haven't progressed past this stage since they reached the semi-final in 2012, while Colchester last reached the fifth round in 2006. Both sides were undone by Chelsea in those seasons.
Spurs have lost just one of their last 13 FA Cup games against lower league opposition (W9 D3), though it was their most recent encounter (vs Leeds in the fourth round in 2013).
Spurs are unbeaten in nine successive away matches in all competitions (W6 D3).
Colchester are 6/1 with Sky Bet to topple odds-on shots Tottenham in the FA Cup fourth round with the draw at the Weston Homes Community Stadium trading at 19/5. Spurs are 8/1 shots to lift the trophy with the U's 10/1 to progress the furthest of the League 1 outfits.
The Premier League high-fliers have won their last three games by two goals or more and can be backed at -1 on the handicap at evens or -2 at 5/2. Heung-Min Son is 4/1 to open the scoring for the visitors with Chris Porter the shortest priced of the hosts' line-up at 10/1 to break the deadlock.
The Sky Sports pundits are unanimous in their backing of Tottenham to win in 90 minutes. Check out their tips here.