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Tottenham Hotspur v AFC Wimbledon Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

13:10 GMT 05/01/2018
Fernando Llorente Tottenham
The Premier League side are strongly fancied and our tipster is backing Mauricio Pochettino's men to claim a comfortable win at Wembley on Sunday

Tottenham Hotspur are strong favourites to take their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup when they welcome AFC Wimbledon to Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Mauricio Pochettino’s team were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw against West Ham United on Thursday night but it would undoubtedly be a massive shock should the Premier League side come up short against their League One opponents.

Match odds

Spurs are certainly skinny enough to win this tie inside 90 minutes and Paddy Power’s 1/10 (1.10) quote for the hosts to come out on top may well prove prohibitive for most punters.

Wimbledon were victims of a Cup upset last term when they were beaten by Sutton United but the shoe could be on the other foot this term, with Neal Ardley’s side dreaming of a giant-killing of their own; Paddy Power offer 30/1 (31.0) that the Dons deliver at Wembley, while the same firm go 8/1 (9.0) that a replay is required to separate these sides.

Team news

Spurs would dearly love an extended run in this competition, for they have failed to reach the final since they last lifted the trophy back in 1991 and the north Londoners have been beaten in seven successive semi-finals, with their most recent defeat coming against Chelsea last term.

Pochettino is likely to shuffle his pack for the visit of the Dons so top scorer Harry Kane and midfield duo Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen could all be rested, but the Premier League side have remarkable strength in depth with Eric Lamela, Fernando Llorente and Harry Winks all contenders to start for Spurs.

The Dons have no new concerns, with striker Kwesi Appiah on the long-term injury list.

Serene progress for Spurs?

Tottenham have come out on top in each of their last seven home ties against lower league opposition in this competition and have reached, at least, the fourth round in 10 of the last 11 seasons.

The Dons, by contrast, have never beaten Premier League opposition, although they will have happy memories of Wembley having won the 2016 League Two play-off final at the venue against Plymouth Argyle.

Nevertheless, this represents a massive step up in class for Ardley’s side and Paddy Power’s even money (2.0) quote for Spurs (-2) in the handicap market indicates the enormity of the task facing the League One strugglers.

Spurs are as short as 8/15 (1.53) to win without conceding, while the odds compilers offer just 4/9 (1.44) that Pochettino’s team lead at both half time and full time.

Tips and predictions

Given the gulf in class between the teams, Spurs supporters face plenty of skinny prices but there could be value in backing the north Londoners to win by at least three clear goals at even money (2.0) ahead of Sunday’s third round tie at Wembley.

Tottenham Hotspur to win (-2) at even money (2,0) for a 1pt stake with Paddy Power