Tottenham vs AFC Wimbledon Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions
In a sentence: Wimbledon’s continued rise brings them to the national stadium, as the League One side make the short trip to Wembley to face Tottenham.
Last time: This is the first time the teams have played each other since Wimbledon reformed in 2002. In the last game under the Dons’ former guise, Spurs won a Premier League game 2-0 in April 2000 courtesy of goals from Chris Armstrong and Darren Anderton.
This time: Tottenham are 2/15 for the win, while Wimbledon are 35/1 and the draw is 19/2.
You might remember: Jurgen Klinsmann bagging four times in reply to a Peter Fear brace in 1998, helping Spurs to a 6-2 victory at Selhurst Park. In the next game between the teams, Efan Ekoku’s double handed Wimbledon a 3-1 win. This came just a few years after the striker netted a brace either side of a Klinsmann goal to give the Dons a memorable victory at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham’s last six: Won: 5 Drawn: 0 Lost: 1
After a bout of illness consigned Harry Kane to a late substitute appearance against Swansea on Tuesday, the England striker will be available for selection in this one. Whether Mauricio Pochettino decides to give him a rest is another matter, with opening goalscorer at the Liberty Fernando Llorente ready to step in if he does.
AFC Wimbledon’s last six: Won: 2 Drawn: 1 Lost: 3
Harry Forrester returned to the Wimbledon starting line-up against Southend on Monday following injury and suspension, and after getting 80 minutes under his belt the midfielder’s in line to start again. Cody McDonald has battled through a fractured metatarsal and is in contention, while Kwesi Appiah and Barry Fuller miss out for Neal Ardley’s side.
Betting Tips & Predictions
Progressing to the next round of the FA Cup past an in-form Tottenham side is going to be a tough ask for Wimbledon, but a trip to Wembley should still be an occasion for their travelling support to savour. The Dons have never knocked Spurs out of a domestic cup competition, although the Premier League side have required replays on a couple of occasions.
Tottenham are 2/15 to win the game, and understandably start as huge favourites in the betting. Defeat at Manchester City is the only blip on their recent record, with Pochettino’s side showing their ability to grind out a result last time out in awful conditions at Swansea. As the odds are so short on the hosts, you’ll have to be creative with your bets to get some value on the home victory, with a Tottenham win to nil at 8/15 a decent place to start.
Wimbledon are a massive 35/1 to cause a major upset, which might be worth the odd pound or two bearing in mind Spurs could make a raft of changes. Although the Dons are currently in the League One relegation zone – albeit with a game in hand – they could take advantage if their hosts are disjointed with lots of different personnel in the side. Tottenham will have played twice since Wimbledon’s last game on New Year’s Day, so the Dons should be fresher going into the game.
The draw is 19/2, and perhaps not the worst bet when you think of the extra games Spurs have had in the run up to this third round clash. If the visitors can defend with their lives then maybe they can keep Tottenham’s attack at bay and force extra-time. The odds are 25/1 on the game being goalless after 90 minutes, while it’s 20/1 if you think Wimbledon can sneak a goal to get a 1-1 draw at the end of normal time. With no replays, Spurs are 2/25 to qualify for the next round, while the Dons are 12/1.
Kane is the 2/1 favourite to open the scoring, and if he starts he’s always a strong bet. Although illness effectively prevented him from bagging a hat-trick of hat-tricks at the Liberty, Kane will fancy his chances against lower league opposition and is 13/2 to hit a treble. Former MK Dons man Dele Alli meanwhile is 19/17 to score anytime, and 9/2 to round off the scoring as he did at Swansea.
Lyle Taylor is Wimbledon’s top scorer this season with 11 goals, and he’s 19/1 to net the last goal of the game on Sunday. If you fancy the Dons to shock Spurs by going into the lead, the Monserrat international is the same price to open the scoring. In a similar vein, Wimbledon to lead at half time before Tottenham come back to win it in the second period is 33/1.
Predicted Score: Tottenham Hotspur 4 - 0 AFC Wimbledon
Look out for:
A big score. This will be a fantastic occasion for Wimbledon that they could rise to, but if Tottenham play a strong side and are in the mood then they can easily run up a big score. With the Dons failing to find the net 13 times so far this season, a 4-0 scoreline is priced at 8/1, while 5-0 is 13/1 and it’s 25/1 for 6-0.
Erik Lamela to score and Tottenham to win at 9/2. The Argentinian is slowly finding his mojo after a lengthy spell out injured, and Pochettino could give him another run out here to keep building up his match fitness. If he plays, we fancy him to bag his first goal of the season as Spurs progress to the fourth round.
It’s a long shot, but:
Wimbledon to win 1-0 at 75/1. If the Dons can pull off a miraculous victory, it’s likely to be a smash and grab job. At these odds it’s not likely, and neither is a 2-1 scoreline in favour of the away side at 90/1, but stranger things have happened in the FA Cup.
Written by Oli Coates
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