League Two side Wycombe Wanderers will be looking to cause an FA Cup shock when they take the short trip across London to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham in Saturday’s fourth-round clash.
Tottenham last won the FA Cup in 1991 and will be hoping that their improving form in the Premier League can replicate itself in England’s most famous cup competition.
Wycombe will be hoping for something similar as they dare to dream of emulating their FA Cup run back in 2001 when they reached the semi-finals, eventually losing out to winners Liverpool.
Tottenham’s winning run came to an end at the weekend at the Etihad after coming from two goals down to rescue a controversial point, but Pochettino’s side are still unbeaten in eight matches and will look to continue this on Saturday.
After dominating their previous league match against West Brom, Pochettino’s side showed grit and determination to fight back from a two-goal deficit against City and were clinical with their chances.
Tottenham’s opponents are also in the middle of an incredible unbeaten run of their own, going 16-matches without defeat in all competitions since their last loss back in early November.
This run has seen them firmly in the race for promotion from League Two as the season enters the critical months as well as starting a cup-run, and Wycombe earnt themselves a date with Spurs after seeing off Portsmouth, Chesterfield and non-league Stourbridge in the previous rounds.
With a vital Premier League match coming up three days after their fourth-round clash, Mauricio Pochettino looks set to keep faith in the side that beat Aston Villa in round three and rest the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, and Christian Eriksen.
Michel Vorm, Kieran Trippier and Vincent Janssen are all set to come into the side – with the Dutch striker, in particular, hoping that he can finally impress Pochettino and stamp his mark at White Hart Lane.
During his press conference on Thursday afternoon, Pochettino confirmed that Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose won’t feature with respective knee injuries, so Eric Dier will drop back into the centre of defence.
Wycombe are likely to name an unchanged side from the 1-1 draw with Luton in League Two last Saturday, although Sam Saunders could come in on the wing after arriving from Brentford.
Gareth Ainsworth’s side will line-up with Akinfenwa and Paul Hayes leading the side, two players who have a combined total of 258 Football League goals over their elusive playing careers.
Wycombe will arrive at White Hart Lane set to leave nothing behind on the pitch, and with Adebayo Akinfenwa in fine form after five goals in ten matches, they will be confident of a classic upset.
Despite Tottenham’s focus being primarily on the Premier League, they won’t want to exit the FA Cup early in the competition so will look to break down a stubborn Wycombe test; and with the quality they possess off the bench, it’s hard to see any other result than a home win at full-time.
Much like their third-round win over Aston Villa, it may take a while to break down the resistance of Wycombe – who will pose a potent threat from set pieces – but the Premier League experience should shine through and earn the hosts a spot in the fifth-round draw on Monday evening.
Predicted Score: Tottenham 2-1 Wycombe