Crystal Palace and Tottenham will meet in the fourth round of two FA competitions

Friday 25 Jan 2019
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (left) and Danny Rose compete for possession

Beth-Pritchard-FA-Young-Reporters-ClubBy Beth Pritchard, member of the FA Young Reporters' Club. Beth is a second year journalism student at the University of Lincoln. She is the media officer for Nettleham Ladies FC, a team in the FA Women’s National League. “Getting the chance to work with the YRC still seems a little surreal. It’s so great to be able to get this experience at just 20-years-old.”

In a weird quirk of fate, Crystal Palace will host Tottenham Hotspur in the fourth round of both the Emirates FA Cup and the SSE Women’s FA Cup.

The men will meet at Selhurst Park on Sunday 27 January while the women's tie will be staged at Hayes Lane on Sunday 3 February.

Spurs sit higher than Palace in both respective league tables (the Premier League and the FA Women’s Championship) but the similarities don't end there.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side have beaten the Eagles 1-0 on each of their last three meetings; twice at Selhurst and once at Wembley. Second-half goals from Juan Foyth, Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane respectively saw Tottenham collect nine points over the three matches.

Spurs Ladies also have a tendency to win by a single goal when they take on Palace. Rihanna Dean’s strike secured victory in December just three months after she and Angela Addison secured a 2-1 win.

Angela Addison was on target last time out against Palace

Hugo Lloris and co have won four of their six matches this month, beating Cardiff City, Tranmere Rovers, Chelsea and Fulham. Palace won two of their four, losing to Watford and Liverpool but beating Grimsby Town and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Spurs Ladies have also been successful, beating Sheffield United and Lewes. Palace have only picked up three out of a possible six points, beating Millwall Lionesses but losing to London Bees.

Neither of the women's teams have made it to the Women’s FA Cup Final before so both will be determined to get all the way to this year’s showpiece, which is being staged at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 4 May.


Tottenham have won The FA Cup eight times, but not since defeating Nottingham Forest in the final in 1991.

Palace made it to the Final in 2015-16, beating Spurs at White Hart Lane along the way, but found Manchester United just too good at Wembley. They also lost United in their only other appearance in the Final, in a replay in 1990.

By Bethany Pritchard FA Young Reporters Club