Ace Football previews the FA Cup match between Wycombe Wanderers and Tottenham, and offers betting tips, odds, line-ups, and team news.
Tottenham take a short trip to Wycombe on Monday night for an FA Cup fourth-round tie at the Adams Park Stadium.
The Lilywhites hammered English eighth-tier club Marine 5-0 in the third FA Cup round. Carlos Vinicius grabbed a hat-trick, with Lucas Moura and Alfie Devine also on target. Wycombe, on the other hand, had a convincing 4-1 win over fellow Championship side Preston North End in their own third-round clash.
The hosts are the clear underdogs in this one but have nothing to lose at the same time. And given the FA Cup’s notorious reputation for its unpredictability, especially at the expense of the big clubs, Spurs will be eager to take control early on.
Wycombe Wanderers Form & Stats
The Chairboys will play their first match in 16 days after a series of positive COVID-19 tests forced them to call off their fixtures. Head coach Gareth Ainsworth is ‘100% sure’, however, he’ll have enough players to call upon on Monday.
Life back in the Championship after 133 years has been tough on Wycombe so far. The newcomers sit rock-bottom in the standings with only 15 points from 23 games (W3 D6 L14) and exactly 10 points from safety. Therefore, unless they can produce a quick turnaround, relegation back to League One looms.
Gareth Ainsworth’s men have been relatively competitive at home, though. They’ve lost just three of their last 10 games at Adams Park in all competitions (W3 D4) and thrashed Preston North End 4-1 last time out. They’ve also scored at least one goal in nine of their last 11 games and could field a full-strength team to face Tottenham.
Key Team Stats
- Lost 14 of their 23 league games (W3 D6).
- Only lost 3 of their last 10 home games in all competitions (W3 D4).
- Lost 7 of their 8 FA Cup ties against English top-flight opposition.
- Scored at least 1 goal in 9 of their last 11 games.
Tottenham Form & Stats
After five games in the first 17 days of 2021, Spurs had a much needed eight-day break from the action. The refreshed visitors, therefore, should head to Wycombe with all guns blazing on Monday.
The pressure to win at Adams Park and secure passage into the fifth round is on. Jose Mourinho has been tasked with ending the club’s 13-year wait for silverware, and the FA Cup represents perhaps his best chance. That said, the Portuguese coach may field a makeshift line-up against Wycombe as Premier League champions Liverpool await on Thursday.
After a minor dip in form, Spurs appear to have found their rhythm once again. The Lilywhites have won five of their last seven games in all competitions (D2) and haven’t lost in over a month. And while the fifth-placed side sit seven points behind table-toppers Manchester United in the Premier League, they have a game in hand.
All eyes could be on Gareth Bale if he starts on Monday. The Welshman’s return on loan from Real Madrid may have been hampered by fitness and injury issues, but he still needs to hit top form soon to prove his worth.
Key Team Stats
- Unbeaten in their last 7 games in all competitions (W5 D2).
- Lost just 2 of their 16 away games in all competitions (W10 D4).
- Progressed in 20 of their last 21 FA Cup ties against lower league clubs.
- Won their only competitive meeting with Wycombe 4-3 in London in January 2017.
- Lucas Moura has made 9 goal contributions in 11 FA Cup starts (4 goals, 5 assists).
Out: Anthony Stewart.
Out: Giovani Lo Celso.
Doubts: Matt Doherty, Serge Aurier, Dele Alli.
(Note: The image will change to the official XI once they’re both announced)
Below are some head-to-head stats on each team’s recent form in the FA Cup.