League One Rochdale on the road to Wembley for their FA Cup fifth round replay with Tottenham Hotspur

Rochdale is filled with FA Cup fever, as over 5,000 fans are set to flood Wembley stadium in their fifth round replay with Tottenham Hotspur, on Wednesday. 

Their first encounter earlier this month ended in a 2-2 draw, after a last minute equaliser from veteran striker, Steve Davies.

Spurs won 1-0 at Crystal Palace on Sunday. England star, Harry Kane grabing a late winner.

Dale have played two matches following the FA Cup game, a 0-0 draw with MK Dons and a 1-0 defeat to Wigan Athletic.

However, these two results have not fazed Rochdale manager Keith Hill, who said: “I’ve got to be the mad professor for the next four days, as we plan to beat Tottenham.

“The plan isn’t to go there and take in Wembley, and let the family enjoy the day – I want to win, so I’ve got to turn into the nutty professor and see if I can deliver my plan to a group of players who are bottom of League One and fighting all the odds.”

Tottenham are set to make a number of changes to the team that beat Palace, with Michel Vorm, Juan Foyth, Danny Rose, Heung-min Son, Lucas Moura and Fernando Llorente set to start.

That would see Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela drop to the bench, though Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will still have them on the bench in order to see off Dale, if they prove as tricky an opponent as they did in the match at Spotland.

Defenders Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld both missed Sunday’s win over Palace through injury and are unlikely to be risked against Rochdale.

Niall Canavan, Keith Keane, Steve Davies and Calvin Andrew are all ruled out for Rochdale through injury. Scott Wiseman, Sam Hart, Mihai Dobre and Billy Knott are all ineligible for the away side having previously played in the FA Cup prior to their moves to Rochdale.

Spurs are strong favourites going into this fifth round replay, with manager Pochettino saying: “We have all the squad fit and it will be another game to provide players with the chance to compete on Wembley and we have the possibility to reach the quarter finals.”

Rochdale have already sold over 4,500 tickets and are set to reopen their ticket office at 9AM tomorrow. The club have said: “Tickets will remain on general sale from 9am until 12 noon Tuesday 27th February. There will be no tickets available on the day of the game.

“Those purchasing via telesales can collect their tickets from the East Ticket Office at Wembley from 5.30pm on match day.”