Who’s ready for a rematch with Adebayo Akenfenwa? One day after defeating 8th tier Marine AFC, Tottenham Hotspur now know their opponents in the next two rounds of the FA Cup after the fourth and fifth rounds were drawn concurrently this afternoon.
First the fourth round, and it’s another great draw, away to a smaller side. Spurs were drawn away to Championship side Wycombe Wanderers, with the match taking place the weekend of January 22-25.
If this matchup sounds familiar, it should — this is the second time Spurs have played Wycombe in the FA Cup. In 2017, Spurs played an absolutely wild match at home to the Chairboys (!), then in League Two. Down 2-0, Spurs battled back to level the score behind a deflected Son Heung-Min shot and a Vincent Janssen penalty (lol). Wycombe then took the lead in the 83rd minute, but Dele Alli equaled again in the 89th minute before Sonny scored the winner in extra time. It was nuts.
Since then Wycombe have steadily climbed the table and promoted to the Championship via the League One playoff last season, but are currently at the bottom of the table. This away match will likely be more of a challenge than a trip to scenic Crosby to play Marine, but it’s a really good draw for Spurs regardless. And yes, 225 lb. striker Akinfenwa is still there, and he’s still an absolute unit.
The rest of the draw also is pretty good for Tottenham and there’s a good chance of some upsets here as well. There are some tasty matchups, none better than Manchester United vs. Liverpool. Here’s the full FA Cup draw for the fourth round.
The fifth round took place immediately after that of the fourth, so Spurs also know who they will face should they get past Wycombe. Tottenham were drawn away to the winner between Everton and Sheffield Wednesday.
That’s also not too bad of a draw! Everton away certainly isn’t easy and they’re likely going to be one of the harder teams left in the competition (assuming they get past Sheffield Wednesday), but it’s not United, City, Chelsea or Liverpool so I’ll take it.
And for those curious, here’s the whole of the fifth round draw.
The FA Cup has certainly been pretty kind to Tottenham thus far this season in terms of draws, but it looks like if they’re going to get to a second cup final this season they’re going to have to do it on the road.