spurs and villa sitting pretty
LONDON - Tottenham and Aston Villa play FA Cup quarterfinals this weekend knowing they will rarely have a better chance of winning the famous trophy again than they do this season.
Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal have won 13 of the past 14 FA Cup finals between them, but Chelsea, who host Stoke on Sunday, are the only ones of the Premier League's so-called big four left in the tournament.
Tottenham are at Fulham tomorrow having won the last of their eight FA Cups in 1991, while seven-time champions Aston Villa are at Reading on Sunday without a title since 1957.
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is chasing a Wembley final for the third straight season, having taken Portsmouth to the 2008 FA Cup title and lost last season's League Cup final in a shootout to Manchester United.
With all three of his main strikers in form, he has a difficult team selection to make for a game against a Fulham side that Tottenham have beaten and drawn with already this season.
Peter Crouch scored twice in England's 3-1 midweek win over Egypt, Roman Pavlyuchenko has hit six goals in four matches and Jermain Defoe has 22 goals so far this season.
Fulham have never won the FA Cup.
Defending champions Chelsea are aiming for a third FA Cup title in four years but they are fighting hard for the Premier League and Champions League, giving Stoke hope of the sort of upset win they sprung on Arsenal and Manchester City in the past two rounds.
Portsmouth host Birmingham in the other quarterfinal match tomorrow.
With Chelsea in FA Cup action, Manchester United have the chance to retake the lead in the Premier League when they visit Wolves tomorrow. - Sapa-AP