Tonight is another match of the fourth round (1/16th final) of the FA Cup, Wycombe Wanderers will host the Tottenham Spurs (20.45). It will be a duel between the weakest team in the Championship this season and the team that holds fifth place in the Premier League table.
The blues from Adams Park will have a hard fight for survival in the second rank, while Tottenham, after placing in the finals of the League Cup, has the desire to reach the finals in the oldest competition in the world.
Gareth Ainsworth's team has recently started to record significantly better results. After 11 matches without triumph (six defeats and five draws), Wycombe ended last year with a victory over Cardiff, followed by a defeat by Middlesbrough, and then a convincing victory against Preston in the previous round of the FA Cup (4: 1).
That match was played 16 days ago, the Wanderers have been without football for more than two weeks due to positive tests for the coronavirus in their ranks.
Tottenham will rest some players
Ainsworth is expected to play the strongest team against Tottenham, but it is clear that their coach will have in mind the upcoming period in the Championship, in which his team will have nine games until the end of February.
Tottenham, on the other hand, finally had some time to rest. Since the beginning of 2021, Jose Mourinho's players have played five matches and do not know about the defeat. They drew with Fulham in the Premier League, recorded victories against Sheffield and Leeds in the elite competition, as well as against lower-league Marine in the FA Cup and Brentford in the League Cup.
They tied seven games without defeat in all competitions (last year they ended with a victory over Stoke in the League Cup and a draw with the Wolves in the PL). It is clear that the FA Cup is another good opportunity for the Spurs to win the trophy, but Mourinho will have to think about Liverpool, which arrives at White Hart Lane on Thursday (21.00) at 20:00.
round of the Premier League. That is why we should not expect the strongest line-up of the team from North London, despite the fact that they had a week to rest. Thus, Harry Kane and Heung-min Son should be on the bench, while the attack of the Spurs should be led by Carlos Vinicius (who scored a hat trick in the previous round against Marine) and Gareth Bale.
Joe Hart should be on the goal instead of Lloris, and it is certain that Dele Ali will not be in the team, due to a tendon injury. Mourinho promised a strong team. "I don't see Wycombe as a team that will kill a giant.
The championship is one of the best leagues in the world, better than many first leagues across Europe. With due respect to Marine, this is the second level," Mr. Special said before the FA Cup fourth-round match.