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DON'T TIP US FOR CUP.

SPURS v PORTSMOUTH

Tomorrow, 3.30, ITV 1 (England)

SPURS boss Harry Redknapp last night insisted his side can not be rated as favourites to win the FA Cup.

Redknappistheonlymanagertobreak the top-four's stranglehold in the competition over the last decade.

Buthebelievesarealitycheckisneeded by anyone tipping the White Hart Lane club for glory this year.

He said: "They say that it's a cup club but it's nearly 20 years since we won.

"Idon'tknowwho'sexpectationsthese are.Whatdopeopleexpect?Whyarewe expected to win it now?

Meanwhile, Portsmouth's administrator Andrew Andronikou has revealed that several of the squad will not play for Avram Grant's side again following tomorrow's semi-final clash because of expensive clauses in their contracts.

Six of the club's players would trigger clauses - known as bullet payments - in their contracts that guarantee them a renewal of their contracts or will entitle them to a range of cash payments.

Andronikou would not reveal the names of any of the players involved.

But he said: "This affects five or six players who will not be allowed to play after the semi-final and one who might not even be allowed to play in the semi-final.

KEY BATTLES

PETER CROUCH v AARON MOKOENA

Crouch came off the bench to score in Spurs' 3-1 defeat against Sunderland last weekend. The former Portsmouth striker netted the first in a 2-0 win against his former club last month. Mokoena's goal will be to build on his side's clean sheet against Blackburn Rovers last week.

LUCA MODRIC V MICHAEL BROWN

Modric may have sore ankles on Sunday night after snapper Brown has done his business on the pitch. Modric is a key component for Spurs and it will be Brown's task to limit the Croatian's time on the ball.

YOUNES KABOUL v FREDERIC PIQUIONNE

Kaboul is another former Pompey player in his second spell at Tottenham after his return to White Hart lane for a reported fee of around pounds 9.5million in January. Portsmouth could do with his physical presence and aggression now. Piquionne, on loan from Lyon, has scored 10 goals in all competitions since joining the club in August last year and will have faced his fellow countryman numerous times in training.
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Date:Apr 10, 2010
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