Tottenham v AFC Wimbledon
Sunday, January 07 – 15:00pm
Tottenham were held to a 1-1 draw when they hosted West Ham on Thursday, in a match that saw superb strikes from both Pedro Obiang and Heung-Min Son. Spurs have now won six of their last eight games in all competitions, but with Man City 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League table, Mauricio Pochettino will be looking for a decent run in the FA Cup this year. The Tottenham boss is likely to rest Jan Vertonghen, Harry Kane, and Christian Eriksen, following a congested winter period, with Erik Lamela and Fernando Llorente set to start for Spurs today.
Its been a difficult start to the season for AFC Wimbledon, who currently sit 21st in the League One table. The Dons have struggled to find consistent form in both league and cup competitions, and have been knocked out of both the Carabao Cup and Checkatrade Trophy. They claimed a convincing 3-1 win over Charlton Athletic in their FA Cup clash last month, but Tottenham are a different animal entirely, and the Dons could struggle today. Kwesi Appiah is unlikely to feature for Wimbledon; however, striker Cody McDonald and defender Jon Meades have both trained ahead of today’s game.
Let’s take a look at the stats:
- This will be AFC Wimbledon’s second ever trip to Wembley Stadium, having featured in the League Two play-off final in May 2016.
- Spurs have won all of their last seven FA Cup fixtures at home against non-Premier League opponents – their last defeat coming against Nottingham Forest in January 1975.
- AFC Wimbledon have only ever face one Premier League side in their history – losing 2-1 to Liverpool in the FA Cup back in January 2015.
- Tottenham have only failed to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup once over the last 11 years – losing to Arsenal in January 2014.
With Manchester City running away with the Premier League title, Mauricio Pochettino will see winning the FA Cup as the best way to end Tottenham’s 10-year trophy drought. Pochettino has plenty of depth to his squad, and with a number of players returning from injury, we could see a strong Spurs side today. AFC Wimbledon will no doubt get a boost from playing at Wembley, but there is a huge gap between these two sides in terms of quality.