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FA Cup semi-finals: Why the omens suggest it really could be Tottenham’s year

first_img 8 4. In both the 1967 and 2017 FA Cup runs, Tottenham beat Millwall – This year it was a 6-0 mauling of the Lions, but back in ’67 it took Spurs two attempts to triumph, with a 1-0 replay win at White Hart Lane coming courtesy of an Alan Gilzean goal. 7. Tottenham lost 1-0 to Manchester United at Old Trafford in the league – This year saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s goal end Spurs’ unbeaten start to the season while, in ’67, David Herd’s goal led to Tottenham’s last defeat before their stunning unbeaten end to the campaign. 8 8 8. Tottenham scored plenty past Fulham in both campaigns – In their current FA Cup run, Spurs beat the Cottagers 3-0 away from home, with Kane scoring a hat-trick. In 1967 both league games against Fulham, were goal fests as Tottenham won 4-2 away and 4-3 at home. 5. In both FA Cup campaigns, Tottenham registered a 6-0 win in the quarter-final – Millwall were put to the sword in style on Sunday while, back in 1967, braces from both Greaves and Terry Venables, plus strikes from Gilzean and Frank Saul saw Spurs thrash Birmingham City in a quarter-final replay at White Hart Lane. 8 8 8 3. Both seasons saw long unbeaten league runs for Spurs – In 1966/67, Bill Nicholson’s Spurs saw out the season in stunning style by going 16 league games unbeaten, while the current campaign started with Mauricio Pochettino’s men not losing for 12 matches. Tottenham Hotspur, in days past, were known for the spectacular record in the FA Cup.In 1991, Spurs won their eighth, putting them firmly amongst the best in the competition’s history.Since then, though, despite, six semi-final appearances they haven’t even made a final with the likes of Everton, Arsenal, and Newcastle knocking them out of the famous tournament.But, this time, the omens are looking good for the Lilywhites, even if they have been drawn against Premier League champions elect Chelsea in the last-four, with plenty of parallels to their 1967 win in the FA Cup.So, to find out why it could be Tottenham’s year, click the right arrow above… 6. Spurs were knocked out early in the League Cup – In 1967, West Ham knocked the Lilywhites out of the competition in round two with Geoff Hurst giving the Hammers a 1-0 win. This season, meanwhile, a Daniel Sturridge double knocked Spurs out in their second EFL Cup tie. 8 Check out the similarities between Tottenham’s 1967 FA Cup triumph and their 2017 campaign – No.1: Three of the top four teams in the top-flight are in the semi-finals – Click the right arrow above to see more omens for a Tottenham FA Cup win… – Chelsea, Tottenham, and Manchester City are in the top four in the league and the last four of the FA Cup this year, while in 1967 it was Nottingham Forest, Leeds United and Spurs from the league’s top four who made the Cup semis. Chelsea – who finished the 1966/67 season ninth in the league – were also in the FA Cup semi-finals. 2. Tottenham’s top striker was coming into the season on the back of international disappointment – Harry Kane had a tough Euro 2016 as Roy Hodgson declared the forward corner-taker in chief, despite going into the Championship as the Premier League’s top scorer. In 1966, Spurs striker Jimmy Greaves saw injury sideline him for the World Cup quarter-finals, and was then left out in favour of Geoff Hurst in the last four and final as the Three Lions lifted the Jules Rimet trophy. 8last_img

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