Crystal Palace were handed a quarter-final tie against Watford in last night’s FA Cup draw but whilst fans of the Eagles and Hornets were busy dreaming of glory, those behind the scenes at Tottenham Hotspur were assessing a major scheduling headache.
Spurs’ new stadium has been a topic of conversation all season long after countless delays to its opening and now, with their home clash against Palace having been tentatively pencilled in as the first game at the new venue, they’re dealing with postponement thanks to fixture congestion.
With the next round of the cup scheduled to take place over the weekend of March the 16th, Palace’s trip to North London will be pushed back. That would mean the next opportunity for Pochettino’s men to raise the curtain on their new ground would be April the 6th against Brighton but with the Seagulls also in the quarters against Millwall, there is a chance that their Premier League visit to Spurs will get the same treatment to allow them to participate in the final four of the FA Cup.
In truth, Tottenham’s big-wigs may be left hoping that Brighton do make it to the semi-finals, given the dilemma they’d be set to face it not. With Wembley being used for those games and MK Dons scheduled to play at home that weekend, Daniel Levy and co. would have no option but to ask for a postponement, given the fact that they’ll literally not have anywhere to host the tie.
After countless false dawns, Tottenham fans must be wondering if they’ll ever see a game at their new home. Palace’s fan-base is currently in the grip of FA Cup fever but for those from north London, it’s nothing more than a nuisance.