Tottenham Hotspur didn’t have to wait long to find out who their fourth round opponent would be in the FA Cup, drawing League Two side Wycombe Wanderers in the first matchup drawn.
We've been drawn at home to Wycombe in the fourth round of the @EmiratesFACup. Ties played weekend of 27-30 January. #COYS #FACupDraw pic.twitter.com/9dVHFAsbl2— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 9, 2017
Wycombe defeated Northern Premier League side Stourbridge F.C., 2-1, in order to move on to the fourth round.
Wycombe Wanderers are currently sitting in fifth place in League Two on 41 points through 24 matches, so they’re well involved in the promotion battle to move up to League One. If you’re looking for a familiar face on this League Two side, FIFA video game legend Adebayo Akinfenwa, all 5’11” and 224 pounds of him, plays striker for Wycombe, though he hasn’t played much as he has just one goal in about 100 minutes played. Another fun fact with this club was brought up by Bryan in the writer’s room: This club has had both their 43-year-old manager and 47-year-old goalkeeping coach make appearances on the pitch this season.
This is as good as it gets for Spurs. Mauricio Pochettino can play a heavily rotated side against Wycombe to give any needed rest to players and should still feel comfortable about the chances to move on.
Looking at the full list of matchups, there really aren’t any mind-blowing fixtures. In fact, this may be the most boring draw in recent memory. Southampton possibly hosting Arsenal is probably the best matchup but that’s not even a given as the Saints still have to play their replay against Norwich.
Here’s the fixture list as it stands now with third round replays still on tap:
Tottenham Hotspur vs Wycombe Wanderers
Crystal Palace vs Bolton / Man City
Middlesbrough vs Accrington Stanley
Fulham vs Hull City
Blackburn Rovers vs Barnsley / Blackpool
Burnley / Sunderland vs Fleetwood / Bristol City
Rochdale vs Huddersfield Town
Millwall vs Watford
Manchester United vs Wigan Athletic
Chelsea vs Brentford
Lincoln / Ipswich vs Brighton
Southampton or Norwich vs Arsenal
Plymouth Argyle vs Liverpool / Wolves
AFC Wimbledon / Sutton vs Cambridge / Leeds
Oxford United vs Newcastle / Birmingham
Derby County vs Leicester City