The date and time of the FA Cup fourth round tie between Preston North End and Tottenham Hotspur has been confirmed. The game will take place on the Saturday evening, 28th January with a 6pm kick-off.
Fans have been awaiting the confirmation of the time ever since the draw was made last week. It was one of the standout ties of the round so was always likely to be a televised fixture.
The game will be live on BBC One and on BBC iPlayer with those unable to make the game being able to watch it on free-to-air television. It’s the first time the sides have met since a League Cup tie in 2009 when Spurs triumphed 5-1 and Preston will go head-to-head with England captain Harry Kane as well as Heung-Min Son and Richarlison.
Preston beat Huddersfield Town 3-1 in the third round to progress, whilst Tottenham won 1-0 at home against League One side Portsmouth. They did rest a few players in that game, but Antonio Conte will see this as a competition that is winnable for them this year, so I would expect a stronger team selection for the game at Deepdale.
A Saturday evening kick off in front of the floodlights at Deepdale is one to relish, and it is much better to have it in the middle of the weekend instead of a late kick-off on a Sunday or Monday. It should allow fans to plan for it easier, and hopefully we can see a close to if not full capacity.
It’s taken them a while to confirm the fixture, but now fans can put the game in their calendar’s with tickets set to go on sale on Monday 16th January.
We’ve seen some memorable ties in the FA Cup over the years against Premier League opposition. We took the lead against both Manchester United and Arsenal in 2015 and 2017 but couldn’t manage to hold on. Even so, the goals from Scott Laird and Callum Robinson live long in the memory. Could we manage to go one further against Tottenham this time? Many would settle for a draw which would see us play a replay in at The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.