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Middlesbrough vs Tottenham LIVE: Latest FA Cup updates

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Middlesbrough head into tonight’s FA Cup fifth-round fixture on the back of defeating Manchester United in a penalty shootout during the previous round and will be looking to add another Premier League scalp as they welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the Riverside Stadium.

Spurs have been fluctuating wildly in terms of recent performances after they followed up an astonishing 3-2 stoppage time victory over Manchester City with a 1-0 defeat to Burnley in the Premier League, before casually sweeping Leeds aside 4-0 away from home. Antonio Conte’s men will feel confident of getting past Championship club Middlesbrough though, having never lost to them previously in this competition. However, Spurs haven’t reached the FA Cup quarterfinals since 2018 and will be hoping for a good run in the cup this year as they hunt for a first trophy since 2008.

Boro, meanwhile, may not be prioritising the world’s oldest cup competition as they find themselves in a play-off battle, currently sitting just two points outside the Championship’s top six. That doesn’t mean that manager Chris Wilder won’t fancy their chances of causing another FA Cup upset and with home advantage on their side they are well set to give Spurs a run for their money. Follow all the live action, team news, and analysis from Middlesbrough vs Tottenham below:

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Middlesbrough vs Tottenham: Conte’s pre-match thoughts

Antonio Conte gave his thoughts to BBC Sport before kick off saying that his team are ready for tonight’s match and have the sights set of winning the competition this year. He said:



We are in a good moment of form despite the defeat against Burnley, but we are in a good performance – to win against Manchester City and Leeds has to give us the right confidence. Tonight is another competition, an important competition and important trophy.

“We are ready to play a good game. For every team it has the same importance, it is a trophy and the difficulty in this moment to win a trophy in England, there are maybe the best teams in the world, and to lift the trophy you have to beat them.

“We have to become a stable team and for this reason have to face every game in the same way to try to get three points, get the best result. We don’t play alone, there is the opponent who has the same idea.”

Michael Jones1 March 2022 19:43

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Middlesbrough vs Tottenham

Including replays Tottenham have never lost to Middlesbrough in the FA Cup. They’ve won four and drawn two of the six games played between the teams.

Those two draws for Spurs came away from home in February 1905 and January 2020.

Michael Jones1 March 2022 19:40

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Middlesbrough vs Tottenham: Conte on confidence

Antonio Conte says his team need to take confidence their recent performances into tonight’s FA Cup match and bring a winning mentality to game if they want to progress to the quarter-finals of the competition. He said:



Our performance (at Leeds) was good, but don’t forget against [Man] City it was the same, and before the game against Burnley, we arrived with great confidence and you know very well what happened.

“We have to learn about this type of situation. Yes, we have to be confident because we’re in a good moment of form, but at the same time we have to fight to go through to the next round.

“We have to prepare seriously for this game, because we want to go through. The mentality has to be the same every time. The players have to know that every game has to be a fight, and we have to pay great attention, focus, and not under evaluate the opponent.

“We have to fight a lot in every game to win. For sure, we have to show great desire, great will to win our duels, win second balls and play attractive football but, at the same time, play with great character, great personality, great passion.”

Michael Jones1 March 2022 19:37

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Middlesbrough vs Tottenham

Middlesbrough have only won one of their last 13 meetings with Tottenham across all competitions with four draws and eight defeats. That victory was 2-1 win on the opening day of the 2008-09 Premier League season.

The last time the sides met was in the 2019-20 FA Cup third round where Tottenham progressed after a replay.

Michael Jones1 March 2022 19:33

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Middlesbrough vs Tottenham: Midweek FA Cup games

Each of the FA Cup fifth round games are being played midweek to help ease the fixture congestion caused by the coronavirus pandemic. As in previous rounds there will be no replays, with matches going straight to extra time and penalties if required.

Peterborough vs Manchester City is already underway with Jack Grealish coming close to opening the scoring after charging down a clearance from the goalkeeper and seeing his block bounce narrowly wide of goal.

Crystal Palace vs Stoke kicks off in just under 10 minutes time.

Michael Jones1 March 2022 19:25

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Middlesbrough vs Tottenham: Wilder hoping ‘old cliches’ work out for Boro

Middlesbrough boss, Chris Wilder, is hoping that some of football’s oldest cliches go in favour of his team this evening as they look to try and cause another upset in the FA Cup by beating Tottenham Hotspur. Wilder said:



It’s going to be another great night but only if we turn up. We’re huge underdogs but we should take the belief of making what happened at Old Trafford happen again. The old cliches, ‘they’ve not got to be at their best’, ‘we’ve got to be at our best’, ‘we’ve got to take any opportunity’, ‘the goalkeeper’s going to have to have a good night’…

“Everything that has to go for us hopefully will do. All we can do is control what we’re about and I’m expecting a fabulous effort by the team that is going to be incredibly backed by a huge passionate support that is going to get right behind the players.”

Michael Jones1 March 2022 19:19

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Middlesbrough vs Tottenham

In 24 previous FA Cup matches, Tottenham’s Harry Kane has netted 16 times, which since his debut in the competition in 2012 is bettered only by Sergio Aguero (20).

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Michael Jones1 March 2022 19:14

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Middlesbrough vs Tottenham: Conte on Boro

Tottenham boss, Antonio Conte, spoke about the difficultly in winning games in England regardless of which tier of the football pyramid the opposition comes from.

At his pre-match press conference, Conte spoke about not underestimating the Championship side this evening and by the looks of the Tottenham starting XI he isn’t.



You know very well that in England, every game is difficult, especially in this competition when you play away against Middlesbrough, who are having a good season in the Championship,

“Middlesbrough are a good team. When you are able to win against Manchester United – not to forget, Middlesbrough eliminated United from this competition, and they are one of the best teams in this league – it means they have important value. For this reason, it will be very important not to underestimate our opponent and the difficulty of this game.”

Michael Jones1 March 2022 19:07

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Middlesbrough vs Tottenham: Team changes

Chris Wilder makes just one change to the Middlesbrough team that lost to Barnsley in the Championship at the weekend. Matt Crooks comes in to replace James Lea Siliki.

Antonio Conte names an unchanged Tottenham starting XI from the side that defeated Leeds United 4-0 last Saturday. It’s a strong line-up and Conte will be wanting to take his side as far as possible in the competition this season.

Michael Jones1 March 2022 19:02

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Middlesbrough vs Tottenham: Line-ups

Middlesbrough XI: Lumley, Dijksteel, Fry, McNair, Jones, Crooks, Howson, Tavernier, Taylor, Watmore, Sporar

Tottenham XI: Lloris, Doherty, Romero, Dier, Davies, Sessegnon, Hojbjerg, Winks, Kulusevski, Son, Kane

Michael Jones1 March 2022 18:56

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