What is it?
Why, it’s the FA Cup third-round tie between Marine and Spurs.
When is it?
Sunday January 10, 2021.
What time is kick-off?
The match at Rossett Park will get under way at 5pm (GMT).
What TV channel is it on?
The game will be broadcast live on BBC One, or alternatively if you do not own a TV license, you can legally follow all of the action with Telegraph Sport. Simply bookmark this page and return on Sunday afternoon.
What is the team news?
Marine are waiting nervously on the results of their second round of coronavirus testing to decide whether their FA Cup third-round tie with Tottenham can go ahead.
The Northern Premier League North West Division side came through a first round unscathed and will receive results of their second batch of tests by Saturday morning.
Boss Neil Young has promised the players that have been involved in their historic run to what is the biggest mismatch in FA Cup history the chance to play against Spurs.
But they are short of match practise, having not played since December 26 due to the suspension of their league.
Tottenham could have Gareth Bale back as Jose Mourinho promises to go strong.
There are 161 places between the two sides in the football ladder, but Bale could be involved after a recent calf injury.
Giovani Lo Celso (hamstring) continues to miss out while Erik Lamela could be involved after a period of self-isolation.
Mourinho has said out of 20 players, only one from the under-18s will be making the trip to Crosby.
What have we said about the clubs?
When Marine drew Spurs in the third round, I immediately thought of fans like Mr Lenton and how this is a reward for a lifetime’s devotion — a “labour of love”, as the man himself puts it.
This tie has an obvious personal connection for me. Marine are my local team, based a couple of miles from my childhood home in Bootle, and now a short walk from my house in Crosby.
The thought of Jose Mourinho facing the club named after the pub a few hundred yards down the road appeals to every fan with football stitched into their soul.
Rossett Park Stadium is a long way from the glittering arena Spurs call home. The first challenge will be getting their luxury coach down tiny, cramped College Road to get anywhere near the ground, let alone park it once they’re there; then, the players will have to get changed in a function suite — hastily converted into a dressing room — before going out to play on a pitch which, when I last visited in December, was more mud than grass.
Non-paying spectators usually cram into the back gardens behind the managers’ dug-outs, which may require social-distancing police to be alert on Sunday.
What are the odds?
- Marine to win: 30/1
- Draw: 25/1
- Tottenham Hotspur to win: 1/40
What’s our prediction?
Difficult to see anything other than a win for the Premier League club. Sorry Marine, but we are predicting a heavy defeat: Marine 0 Tottenham Hotspur 7 (SEVEN).