Wycombe Wanderers v Tottenham Hotspur: FA Cup Dream Still Alive

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Following a favourable tie away to Marine in the third round of this season’s FA Cup, the draw would appear to have been kind to us again. Things are a little tougher as we make the short trip to Adams Park in Buckinghamshire but with opponents Wycombe struggling in the Championship, Spurs are expected to breeze through.

Of course, as Tottenham fans, many of us fear the potential banana skin that this game offers but let’s look to be positive as we work our way through this preview.

Team News

A rare week off from competitive action has given any walking wounded an extended opportunity to regroup and put themselves into contention for Monday night’s match. Firstly, in regards to Giovani Lo Celso, there appears to be no change from Jose Mourinho’s prognosis that the injured midfielder would not be available again until February.

Beyond that news, Spurs appear to have a clean bill of health with no injuries or suspension concerns among the regular first team squad.

Match Odds

As expected, Spurs are clear favourites to win in 90 minutes and the best industry odds for this bet currently stand at 3/11 with VBet. The draw comes next at a top price of 11/2 with BetFred while victory for Wycombe Wanderers is on offer at 9/1 with BetFred and GentingBet.

Those are the options for the result in normal time and, with the tie needing to be settled on the day, we have a separate To Qualify market. Here, VBet are quoting Spurs at 1/5 while the same sportsbook quotes Brentford at 5/1.

We’ll cover Wycombe’s season further down the page but what about their immediate form? Coming into this match, Gareth Ainsworth’s men have recorded a mixed bag of two wins, two defeats and a draw from their last five games. In their most recent match, the Chair Boys overcame Preston by four goals to one and that’s an outstanding result in what has been a subdued campaign so far.

We should be progressing but let’s now move on and look at some side bets for Monday’s game.

Side Markets

Son Heung-Min
Son Heung-Min

Harry Kane was left out of the matchday squad to face Marine but few of us would be surprised if he makes the bench for the Wycombe Wanderers game. Harry takes up his usual slot as favourite to open the scoring and he’s currently available at best odds of 12/5 with Betway. Elsewhere, Carlos Vinicius seems more likely to start and, following his hat trick in the third round, our reserve striker is quoted at a top price of 10/3 with VBet. Son Heung-Min follows at a best of 7/2 with VBet once again while Gareth Bale will interest many at his top price of 5/1 with Betway.

Other options for Spurs backers in the first goalscorer market include Lucas Moura at 11/2 with VBet, Dele Alli at 6/1 with Betway, Steven Bergwign at 13/2 with Betway and Erik Lamela at 8/1 – also with Betway.

The first options for Wycombe Wanderers are Ade Akinfenwa and Scott Kashket who are both quoted at a best of 14/1 with Betway.

Moving on to team options and we have Both Teams to Score on offer at best odds of 14/19 with SportNation and RedZone. That’s a little shorter than we’d hoped but Wycombe have scored 11 in their last five and have scored in each of those five matches.

Total Goals sees best odds of 3/8 on offer for anyone looking to back Over the 2.5 line. Going further to Over 3.5 doesn’t quite give us an odds against price but it’s more interesting at 10/11 with BetFred and Betway.

Finally, if you’re confident about this game, a 3-1 win in favour of Spurs is quoted at 9/1 by BetFred in the Correct Score market. Alternatively, pessimists might want to look at a 2-1 home win at 27/1 with 888Sport.

Wycombe’s Season

Gareth Ainsworth’s Wycombe have also had a blank week after Tuesday’s game with Sheffield Wednesday was called off. The Chair Boys were promoted into the Championship via the playoffs at the end of last season but life in the second tier has been tough for Buckinghamshire’s biggest club.

Wycombe come here rooted to the bottom of the Championship table and, after their first 23 games, Ainsworth’s men have just three wins and 15 points to show from their campaign so far. They’ve managed just 16 goals in that period and Scott Kashket is the most potent of their players with four strikes to date.

There is one single head to head game to report on and it goes back to 2017 when Spurs and Wycombe were drawn together at the same stage of this competition. Our 4th round tie was an uncomfortable one and it needed an 97th minute goal from Son Heung-Min to secure our passage via a 4-3 scoreline.

In fact, we’d been down in this match before Dele Alli and Sonny saw us squeeze over the line. It’s an entertaining watch on YouTube even if it wasn’t always enjoyable at the time.

Verdict

Clearly we should be progressing but those reports on our 4-3 win over Wycombe four years ago made for uncomfortable reading. There is certainly a feeling that we might just need to upgrade on the squad that faced Marine in the last round and that means leaving the likes of Harvey White and Alfie Devine at home.

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Gareth Bale

Doubtless, Jose will be unimpressed with a fixture calendar that has given us a home game against Liverpool just three days after this tie so the manager does need to strike a delicate balance.

Mourinho’s approach might give Wycombe a chance but we should be coming through irrespective of team selection. Naturally, we won’t be tipping the result for fear of jinxing the outcome so we’ll just leave you with some props.

Gareth Bale will surely be involved, even if it’s from the bench, and he’s becoming more of a consistent threat in front of goal. Both Teams to Score is always a danger when we play and it’s available at 14/19 this week and we’ll finish with Over 3.5 goals. The final tip is more interesting in terms of its price but it also has a strong chance of landing.

Best Bets:

  • Gareth Bale to score at any time in 90 minutes at 13/10 with Betway
  • Both Teams to Score at 14/19 with SportNation
  • Over 3.5 Goals at 10/11 with BetFred

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