Wycombe Wanderers v Tottenham Hotspur – Emirates FA Cup fourth-round – Adams Park – Monday 7:45pm – Preview
Spurs head to Wycombe Wanderers perhaps mindful that four years ago, the Chairboys – then a League Two side – gave them a dose of FA Cup ‘heebie-jeebies’ before succumbing by the odd goal in seven, having led 2-0 and 3-2 during a pulsating contest.
Both clubs have evolved since that chaotic dai in N17. Wycombe – for the first time in their history – are now competing in the Championship, with Spur, under Jose Mourinho, are still challenging for honours on all fronts as the campaign continues to ramp up.
The Lilywhites chief will undoubtedly shuffle the pack for the visit to Buckinghamshire. Nevertheless, he was quick to point out the importance of progression, momentum and that his side needed to up their game this time around.
“With all the respect to Marine, Wycombe is a different level – a more difficult challenge,” Mourinho explained.
“What we did well against Marine is not enough to win against Wycombe. They are a different level – they are fully professional like we are – talented and have ambitions – they want to compete.
“We need more than we gave against Marine, with all the professionalism the boys gave there we need more. It is going to be more difficult.”
Several players from either camp, involved in that epic tie four years ago, could find themselves head-to-head again. Despite time moving on, Mourinho believed those memories could be used as a positive, particularly by the Adams Park outfit; “I believe that the players can share feelings and emotions with the others.
“It is also our responsibility to analyse the opponent and to analyse the opponent is to show what they are capable of doing against us.
“I think that game is a good game to analyse and be discussed because Tottenham was really close to being knocked out that time.”
Jeevesie’s prediction: Wycombe Wanderers 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur