FA Cup - Preview - Tottenham vs AFC Wimbledon 7 Jan

Started by Bensergi, Jan 07, 2018, 06:19 PM

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Tottenham vs AFC Wimbledon

Tottenham have won all their past seven FA Cup home ties against lower league opposition. Their last such defeat to a team outside the top-flight was to Nottingham Forest in January 1975.

Spurs have a pretty decent record in the 3rd round. Only once in the past 11 seasons they have tripped up at this hurdle, a 2-0 defeat by Arsenal in 2014.

For AFC Wimbledon, this will mark the second time they are challenging a EPL team. Their first was back in January 2015, a 2-1 home loss to Liverpool.

Spurs are expected to make wholesale changes. Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen are all likely to be rested, with bench-warmers Fernando Llorente, Erik Lamela and Juan Foyth in contention to start.

AFC Wimbledon could have three injury boosts for the game.

Barry Fuller could play after an ankle injury, Jon Meades has recovered from a hamstring problem and Cody McDonald is back from a foot injury.

Prediction: Tottenham 4-1 AFC Wimbledon


Match Stats:

  • Tottenham 3-0 AFC Wimbledon
  • Shots: 28-8
  • Possession: 81%-19%
  • Corner kicks: 12-4

Manager Mauricio Pochettino said Harry Kane could stay at Tottenham for his entire career after the England striker scored twice in the FA Cup third-round win over AFC Wimbledon.

Two goals from Kane and one from Jan Vertonghen gave Tottenham a 3-0 win over the League One side at Wembley Stadium.

Kane scored his 25th goal of the season when he poked in from close range in the 63rd minute and added his 26th two minutes later by finishing from Kyle Walker-Peters' pass.

"I told him only a few special players can spend all their career in one club," said Pochettino.

"I think Harry is this type of a player who can stay all his career at Tottenham because he loves Tottenham and has always been at Tottenham, but in football you cannot be sure.

"We need to be clever how we manage him. The player needs to choose to stay here, you cannot force the player to stay here. Our job is to try to work together and try to achieve everything we want at the club."

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