Preview: Tottenham v Wycombe Wanderers

Tottenham will look to secure their progression to the last 16 of the FA Cup with a comprehensive display over League Two side Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.

Spurs secured their place in the fourth round of the famous competition with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa as The Chairboys defeated Portsmouth, Chesterfield and Stourbridge.

While these two sides are three leagues apart with 45 teams separating them, their fortunes in their respective league is relatively similar.

Mauricio Pochettino's side are in third place on the Premier League standings with 46 points, with Gareth Ainsworth's charges in fifth place with 43 points, although having played four games more.

Following Spurs' return from a mid-season training camp in Barcelona, Pochettino said he is looking forward to the tie while admitting he has made no special provisions to contain Wycombe striker Adebayo Akinfenwa, who has scored 10 goals in all competitions this season including two in three FA Cup ties.

He told the club's official website: "Always it’s difficult. I think the beauty of the FA Cup is that clubs in League Two like Wycombe believe that they can beat us because that is how the FA Cup is and the belief that it gives the team is massive. 

"We know the striker (Akinfenwa), we know Dominic Gape who was a holding midfielder that played with us when he was very young at Southampton, we have some references but always it’s up to us. 

"In the end, you need to have some precautions with a player like him (Akinfenwa) but I think in the Premier League you can meet different teams with different players like him. It’s true that he’s a good player, a strong player, big, but we need to be strong.”

He added: "If we are ready to compete, be sure that we can go to the next round but always it’s important to take this type of game seriously and be ready to compete. 

"We will play 11 v 11, for them it’s their World Cup Final – maybe the most important game in their history – and for that, we need to stay at a very good level – more than physical, a mental level to compete and be ready. That is the key for us on Saturday.”

Ainsworth, meanwhile, said 'It's a dream tie for us," after being drawn against the north London side.

He added: "For me, it's the best draw of the round and it's great for everyone involved with the club to look forward to.

"I've always been a massive lover of the FA Cup. For me and my family, cup final day was a real occasion to look forward to, watching the build-up early in the morning on the television, and to be part of the competition is an amazing feeling.

"It gives you the opportunity to enjoy special moments, just like going to White Hart Lane to play a really famous club in Tottenham Hotspur, with a fantastic FA Cup history."

In team news, Spurs will be without Toby Alderweireld (hamstring), Danny Rose (knee) and Harry Kane (groin) while Erik Lamela (hip) and Jan Vertonghen (ankle) remain sidelined. Marcus Edwards continues his return to fitness.

And Wycombe, who reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup as a third-tier club in 2001, are expected to be without Anthony Stewart but Aaron Pierre could feature, while Sam Saunders is available after rejoining the club on a free transfer from Brentford.

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