FA Cup action continues this Monday night with Tottenham heading to Adams Park to face Championship basement side Wycombe Wanderers. Coincidentally, these two sides met at this stage of the competition back in 2017 – with Spurs running out 4-3 winners with Son Heung-Min scoring a brace.
The build-up to this tie has centered on Covid testing for Gareth Ainsworth side having had league matches against QPR and Sheffield Wednesday postponed in recent weeks. Wycombe reached the fourth round after an impressive 4-1 victory against, with both teams scoring in eight of Wanderers previous 10 matches in all competitions.
Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho says he’ll take a strong squad to Adams Park following victory against Marine and Premier League games with Fulham and Sheffield United. The Special One will make changes and it will be interesting to see if Gareth Bale and Deli Ali are in involved in the starting 11 or even included on the bench.
Monday 19:45 – Wycombe Wanderers v Tottenham
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Carlos Vinicius will surely be rewarded for his hat-trick against Marine and will start upfront with all six-goals for Spurs coming in Cup competitions. Wycombe left-back and penalty taker Joe Jacobson is a man to watch in the anytime scorer market and should represent value if starting the game.
I fancy Spurs to win and score plenty of goals, with most of them being netted in the second-half when the lack of recent match fitness and fatigue kicks-in for the home players. Four of Tottenham’s last seven away matches in all competitions has seen over 3.5 goals click and that’s my best bet tonight.
The visitors are more than capable of scoring four goals themselves and perhaps Wycombe could nick a goal from a set-piece to help the cause. It’s a case of history repeating itself between these two sides in the FA Cup with Spurs progressing into the fifth round with plenty of goals to boot.
Monday 20:00 – Athletic Bilbao v Getafe
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Bilbao return to league action for the first time in a couple of weeks following successes over Real Madrid and Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup, and UD Ibiza last Thursday in the Copa del Rey.
There’s very little between these two sides in the league table, with a victory for Athletic seeing them overtake Getafe in the table. Marcelino Garcia Toral’s side have been average on the league front this season, both scoring and conceding goals – as they’ve turned five half-time draws into full-time defeats.
Getafe head to San Mames two points ahead of Athletic, but are also in good form ahead of this La Liga encounter following back-to-back league wins against Elche and Huesca. Jose Bordalas brings his side to the Spanish north coast with good previous form in Bilbao since taken charge back in 2016. Both sides played out a scoreless draw in August 2017, before a 1-1 draw in November 2018 and a 2-0 away victory for Getafe in February last year.
Raul Garcia and Inaki Williams are in fine goal-scoring fettle for Bilbao and have also previously netted against Getafe. Iker Muniain is another man to watch from the home side having scored three goals at home in his last six matches.
Jaime Mata is the man in form for the visitors having scored recently against Elche and has also managed three goals in his last six games against Athletic club in the past two years. In summary, I wouldn’t be surprised if both sides counteract each-other and play out a draw, with under 2.5 goals looking the best and safest bet.
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